SANDWICH, England — Louis Oosthuizen set a 36-hole file at The Open and is midway to ending that run of close to misses on the majors.
He’ll have to carry off a forged of main champions on the weekend at Royal St. George’s.
On a day of nice summer season climate that took the concern out of the hyperlinks off Sandwich Bay, Oosthuizen broke away from a three-way tie with a birdie-birdie-eagle run from the twelfth gap. He shrugged off his first bogey of the week for a 5-under 65 and a 2-stroke lead on Friday.
Former PGA champion Collin Morikawa had a 64 and was 2 photographs behind.
One other shot again was Jordan Spieth (67), going after his fourth main.
Lurking was two-time main champion Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 participant on the earth, who shot 65.
Oosthuizen was at 11-under 129, breaking the 36-hole Open file first set by Nick Faldo in 1992 at Muirfield and matched by Brandt Snedeker in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
This would be the fifth time within the final 9 rounds at a significant that Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, has had at the very least a share of the lead. He was runner-up on the previous two majors, to Phil Mickelson on the the PGA Championship in Might and to Jon Rahm the U.S. Open final month.
“I am not likely going to consider the second spots,” stated Oosthuizen, when requested what he’ll do in a different way this time. “I do know my sport is in a very good place.”
He’ll additionally concentrate on the standard of participant behind him, although.
Morikawa, making fairly a debut in hyperlinks golf, made seven birdies in his first 14 holes as a part of a clinic in iron play. He missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 15 and had a 10-foot birdie putt on the ultimate gap catch the lip.
Spieth, 4 photographs behind when he teed off, was tied for the lead after 12 holes after which performed the final six holes in 1 over.
Then there was Johnson, a runner-up at Royal St. George’s in 2011, who caught his strategy on the final to three toes for a birdie and a spherical of 65, which left him tied for fourth place at 7 below with Dylan Frittelli of South Africa (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).
One shot behind an eclectic mixture of gamers at 6 below — together with two extra South Africans in Justin Harding and Daniel van Tonder — had been Rahm (64) and Brooks Koepka.
Koepka made 4 birdies in his final 5 holes for a 66, then continued his feud with Bryson DeChambeau, who made it to the weekend on the quantity at Royal St. George’s by taking pictures a 70.
Rory McIlroy did, too, needing a birdie on the ultimate gap for an additional 70. He was 11 photographs behind.
Different large names weren’t so fortunate: No. 7 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Patrick Reed, former Open champions Francesco Molinari and Henrik Stenson, and Darren Clarke, the 2011 champion at Royal St. George’s, had been all headed dwelling.