British Open | Morikawa set to overlook reduce at St. Andrews

British Open | Morikawa set to overlook reduce at St. Andrews


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The Newest on the British Open (all occasions native):

Defending British Open champion Collin Morikawa is about to overlook the reduce.

The American, who gained the title final yr at Royal St. George’s, completed his two rounds at 1-over 145. The reduce was projected to be even par.

Morikawa can be the primary defending champion to overlook the reduce since Darren Clarke in 2012. Clarke additionally gained his solely main title at Royal St. George’s.

Cameron Smith shot 8-under 64 within the second spherical of the British Open and moved right into a three-stroke lead at 13 beneath general.

The Australian opened the spherical with three straight birdies. He had two extra earlier than an eagle on the par-5 14th when he swung a long-range putt from proper to left, barely down the hill and straight into the cup.

Smith is taking part in at his fifth British Open. His finest end was tied for twentieth in 2019 at Portrush. His finest outcomes on the majors got here on the Masters. He completed tied for second in 2020 and tied for third in 2022 at Augusta Nationwide.

Cameron Smith is producing a placing clinic to tug away from the sector on the British Open.

The most effective of the bunch got here on the par-5 14th gap, the place Smith swung a long-range eagle putt from proper to left, barely down the hill and straight into the cup.

It moved him to 13 beneath, three photographs away from Cameron Younger. Smith is 8 beneath for his second spherical.

The 2 Camerons are jostling for first place on the British Open.

Cameron Smith, a sixth-ranked Australian who gained The Gamers Championship in March, has made six birdies in his first 10 holes and leads Cameron Younger by one at 11 beneath.

Younger, the American who led by two in a single day, bogeyed his second gap however responded with two straight birdies and added one other at No. 9. He was 2 beneath for his spherical and a shot away from clubhouse chief Dustin Johnson.

Rory McIlroy has opened his second spherical with 4 straight pars and remained at 6 beneath general.

Tiger Woods has completed what could possibly be his final aggressive spherical at a British Open on the Previous Course.

The three-time Open champion, who gained two of these titles at St. Andrews, shot 3-over 75 within the second spherical to complete the day at 9 over general. He’s not anticipated to make the reduce and play the final two rounds over the weekend.

Earlier than this yr’s match, Woods referred to as the Previous Course “historic” and his “favourite.” He gained the claret jug at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005.

However this yr his struggles began on the very first gap when he despatched his second shot into the Swilcan Burn. He made double bogey and completed the day at 6-over 78.

The solar is lastly out, the scoring is low and a few large names have climbed onto the leaderboard on the British Open.

Adam Scott took most benefit of the softer circumstances attributable to early-morning rain on the Previous Course, taking pictures 7-under 65 to maneuver two photographs behind clubhouse chief Dustin Johnson.

Prime-ranked Scottie Scheffler shot a second straight 68 and is a stroke behind Johnson at 8 beneath general alongside Tyrrell Hatton. Hatton and Sergio Garcia had 66s.

Among the many afternoon starters, Cameron Smith opened with three straight birdies and Garrick Higgo began with 4 in a row.

Cameron Younger was the in a single day chief after a 64, however bogeyed No. 1 in his second spherical.

Dustin Johnson has made one other nice begin to a British Open at St. Andrews.

The 36-hole chief on the final Open on the dwelling of golf in 2015 took the clubhouse lead halfway by way of the second spherical with a 5-under 67.

The previous No. 1 two-putted for birdie at No. 18 to overhaul first-round chief Cameron Younger, who was about to tee off in his second spherical.

Tiger Woods seems sure to overlook the weekend in what could possibly be his ultimate Open on the Previous Course, although, after dropping additional floor. He was 1 over after 11 holes, and tied for 148th within the 156-man subject at 7 over.

Talor Gooch moved up the leaderboard through the second spherical of the British Open after which backtracked on feedback he made final month evaluating the Saudi-funded breakaway sequence to the Ryder Cup.

Gooch is likely one of the dozens of gamers who’ve joined LIV Golf, inflicting a rift within the sport. He stated after the second occasion in Oregon that he imagined the ambiance on the match was pretty much as good because the Ryder Cup, regardless that he has by no means performed at one.

“A bunch of gamers got here up, and so they’re like actually? Actually? I used to be like, maintain on a second, guys. Give me just a little break. I simply gained. I used to be within the second. I may need gotten just a little aggressive with the feedback,” Gooch stated. “Rightfully so, I’ve taken just a little bit of warmth for it.”

Gooch shot a 3-under 69 within the second spherical on the Previous Course to maneuver to 7 beneath general.

The 30-year-old Gooch gained his first PGA Tour title within the ultimate match of 2021 towards a subject that had nobody from the highest 10 on the earth on the weekend.

Cameron Younger has lastly been caught.

Dustin Johnson rolled in an extended birdie putt at No. 16 and joined Younger, his fellow American, at 8 beneath for the match.

Johnson is 4 beneath for his spherical and nonetheless has the drivable No. 18 to play.

Younger, the first-round chief, has but to start out his second spherical.

The robust play of Johnson, a former No. 1, and Talor Gooch, who shot 3-under 69 to maneuver to 7 beneath general, raises the prospect of a participant from the Saudi-funded LIV Golf sequence successful the British Open.

R&A chief govt Martin Slumbers this week delivered a withering verdict on the breakaway tour, describing it as a cash seize that threatens the golf’s merit-based tradition cultivated over centuries.

Mark Calcavecchia adopted a time-honored custom and stood on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th gap to wave farewell at his final British Open.

The 1989 champion at Royal Troon felt the feelings.

“Received just a little choked up,” Calcavecchia stated after his second spherical of 10-over 82, which can guarantee he is not going to make the weekend at St. Andrews.

The American’s exemption as a previous champion ran out in 2020, the yr the British Open was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He couldn’t play final yr at Royal St. George’s due to damage and was invited by the R&A to shut his Open profession on the dwelling of golf, on the age of 62.

His children had been there to observe him Friday as Calcavecchia went out within the first group.

“Neglect about my golf,” Calcavecchia stated. “It wouldn’t have mattered if I shot a pair of 75s or a pair of 85s, which I practically did. It was about taking part in yet one more, my final one right here on the dwelling of golf, which is de facto cool to have the ability to finish it right here.”

Not for the primary time, Tyrrell Hatton is on the cost at St. Andrews.

The English participant holed a long-range putt at No. 10 for a fourth birdie of his second spherical and moved to six beneath, two photographs off the lead held by Cameron Younger — a day starter.

Hatton is a two-time winner of the Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship, a European tour occasion in Scotland that’s partly staged at St. Andrews.

The umbrellas are down and sweaters have come off because the climate improves on the dwelling of golf. So ought to the scoring, with the fairways made softer by morning rain.

Talor Gooch birdied the par-5 14th gap and was one off the lead on 7 beneath. Dustin Johnson, the previous No. 1 who additionally performs on the LIV Golf sequence, birdied Nos. 9 and 11 to hitch Hatton on 6 beneath.

Tiger Woods is out on the course for his second spherical on the British Open. He performed it secure on the primary gap this time.

Woods discovered the center of the green, the center of the inexperienced and two-putted for par.

That’s a complete lot higher than within the first spherical, the place he hit a wedge into the Swilcan Burn from out of a recent divot and ran up a double-bogey.

The 2 greatest movers early within the second spherical at St. Andrews had been gamers who’ve signed up for LIV Golf, the Saudi-funded breakaway sequence.

Talor Gooch birdied two of his first three holes and was tied for second place at 6 beneath, two photographs off the lead.

Paul Casey, the most recent participant to hitch LIV, was 3 beneath for his spherical after eight holes and at 4 beneath general.

Tiger Woods arrived at St. Andrews in shorts and a hoodie. He may additionally want an umbrella.

The second spherical of the British Open started beneath a lightweight rain. That’s more likely to take a number of the hearth out of an Previous Course that was so quick that it make the rounds go atrociously sluggish on Thursday.

Of better concern to Woods is making up floor. His 78 within the first spherical was good to beat solely seven different gamers. Three of them had been previous champions of their 50s. Woods figures he wants a 66 or higher to make it to the weekend.

Cameron Younger leads Rory McIlroy by two. They don’t tee off till the afternoon.

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