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Despite its reputation, Royal St. George’s has a habit of dropping lower scores.
Henry Cotton set the major championship record with a 65 in 1934 when the British Open was held on the Hilly Links in England. Greg Norman became the first player to win the burgundy jug with all four innings in the 1960s at Royal St. George’s in 1993.
This year, however, has been as exceptional as the pleasant summer weather off Sandwich Bay.
Over 36 holes, 11 players shot 65 or better, one more than the previous 14 times the Open was held at Royal St. George’s.
Louis Oosthuizen opened with a 64 and followed with a 65, giving him a two-stroke lead over Collin Morikawa and the lowest 36-hole score (129) in British Open history.
“Today we had… I would say pretty lucky the last nine holes,” said Oosthuizen. “It was as beautiful as it gets playing on this golf course. We have all benefited from it. I think in our three ball we had a 64 and two 65, which you don’t really see around a links golf course.
US Open champion Jon Rahm was in his squad. He left a short 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole and had to settle for a 64. Defending champion Shane Lowry had a 65.
Here’s another way to look at it: the trio got a best score of 58.
There were 47 below par in the first round. This rose to 52 players before the weekend. The cut was at 1 in 141, breaking by two the lowest ever recorded at the British Open.
Among those with a 65 was Matthias Schmid, the German amateur who played college golf in Louisville and tied the record for the lowest score by an amateur. It was first premiered by Tom Lewis at Royal St. George’s in 2011.
If that wasn’t enough, there were 63 rounds in the ’60s, another British Open record. The previous brand was at Turnberry in 2009.
Is this to be expected at the British Open, famous for its notorious weather?
The glory of the oldest championship in golf is that the weather is the best defense. Nick Faldo won at St. Andrews in 1990 under 270. Next time at the Old Course, John Daly won the playoffs after finishing under-6 282.
After that? Tiger Woods set the Old Course record at 19-under 269 (Woods usually needs some context – he won by eight strokes that year).
Morikawa started Friday morning with a round so pure he looked like he had a chance to set the Major Championship record at 61. But he then missed a 5-foot putt on the 15th hole and failed to convert a birdie. odds on the last two holes.
His final putt of about 10 feet burned the edge of the cut. He shot 64. Two groups later, Emiliano Grillo hit an 18th approach that rolled inches per cup, leaving him a birdie tap-in for a 64. At the end of the day, Rahm had as many chances as n anyone at 64.
Rahm, who opened with a 71, still has hopes of becoming the first player since Woods in 2000 to win the US Open and British Open that same year. Even with a 64, he stayed six strokes ahead in a tie for 12th place.
“Tomorrow is the most important day,” he said. “If I can do another solid lap like I did today, post a good number and hope the leaders don’t go too low, I think that’s the job.”
He can only hope.
The forecast calls for sunny and dry weather with only moderate winds by UK standards. The course is sure to become firmer and drier. Royal St. George’s is renowned for its wild rebounds, and there haven’t been many on the rain-soaked turf until Monday.
“With the forecast conditions being sunshine and less wind, I imagine they will let them firm up because that will be the defense of the golf course,” said Jordan Spieth, who was three strokes behind after a 65 start. -67. This is his best 36 holes at the Open.
Spieth had never seen Royal St. George’s until this week and he kept an open mind.
“Now you have a pretty good idea of what that can pay off,” he said.
He also kept his eyes on the Greens. Some of the positions of the pins were in bowls. Others were accessed using the right leads.
“They left a lot of opportunities to make it very, very subtly difficult,” said Spieth. “And I think that’s what’s going to happen, which will obviously make it a bit more difficult to putts or get balls very close to the hole.”
Meanwhile, it’s hard to complain about who’s in contention – four of the top six players are major champions.
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