Louis Oosthuizen leads the Royal St George standings ahead of Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman
“I thought I could get two or three back in the end, but it wasn’t like that,” he said. “Australian golf the last few months has been pretty strong and I’m sure the guys will get up tomorrow.”
Lucas Herbert is one of them and went level 70 after opening with a double bogey, while Brad Kennedy, 47, produced a gutsy one-for-71 to be well prepared to make the cut for the first time in his career. major room. Adam Scott had three more at 73 and Marc Leishman signed for 75 without a birdie.
Stewart Cink, playing his 22nd Open in his 49th year, continued a resurgence that has seen him win twice this season and had a 66 to share fourth place with a group that includes South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli and Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes.
“That’s a big part of link golf, making the right guess,” said Cink, a 12-year champion. “I hope to get into the mix and give this a shot like I did in 2009 and try to tap into some of those memories.”
Joining a great three-under group that included Andy Sullivan, who was in
Game 1 at 6.35am, was 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, Justin Rose, 2013 US Open champion, and Tommy Fleetwood, whose effort was especially commendable given their late finish. Rory McIlroy was in the same group as Smith and birdied last to finish on par and earn applause from the stands before they headed home.
The mighty Bryson DeChambeau took a conservative approach to a knee-length rugged lush, opting to use irons on some of the tees, but still hit only four of the 14 fairways. However, the 18th was the only one he encountered with booming momentum, but he missed a 12-foot birdie that would have brought him home to par.
“If I can hit him in the middle of the fairway that’s great, but with the driver right now, the driver sucks,” he mused. “When I made it off the fairway, like in the first cut and so on, I caught jump shots. [fliers] get out of there and I couldn’t control my wedges. “
This is life.
Lee Stays Positive After Hard Initiation
If Min Woo Lee didn’t know in advance about the difficulties of playing major golf, he surely knows by now.
The 22-year-old came in as the youngest Scottish Open champion in history after Sunday’s win on a windy but benign links course and continued in that vein in the first nine of his first round to turn into a low one. just for a back nine. from five over 40, including a triple bogey at 15, to seriously under-pump at four over 74.
To his credit, Lee approached par three 16 and sent his tee shot to eight feet, but as with much of his game in the last nine, he missed the birdie putt and went on to drop another shot on the Last to drop a big question in the second round to secure the weekend’s game.
“At 15 he had a pretty poor drive and was in a pretty bad position,” Lee said.
“I tried to hack it and put it in a worse place, but luckily I had a drop, it was in a mole hole and there were like sandbanks there. I hit it right [of the green] and it was in thick hay again and put it in the bunker. That is open golf.
“For my first specialty I enjoyed it until I did my triple bogey, but there is another day when I can bring it back. I think I handled myself pretty well apart from that hole. I mean, the crowds are incredible. I think I’ve been playing well because the crowds are back and I love taking advantage of them. Is awesome.
“Clap at every hole even though you have done, even when I triple bogey, they know it is a difficult sport and they clap.”
It had all started very well for the West Australian, despite a bogey at the beginning, after he set off at 7.30am in the company of Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Sam Horsfield, and three birdies and another bogey took him to third place in the rookie table. qualifying around 10 am
He also had opportunities to improve on that before reaching 15th, but the putts weren’t going down and his approach shots started to miss on the greens and he had to fight for par.
He returned shots on the 12th and difficult 14th, with a welcoming pair in between as a threeball at neighboring Prince’s field stopped at his teebox and looked over the fence as the Open Threeball completed its formalities on the green.
“I didn’t put in too good today, it was tough against the wind and uphill, it’s incredibly slow,” added Lee. “Hopefully I can do it tomorrow.
“I’m mentally drained right now, so maybe it won’t bother me with the warm-up. I’ll go home and relax because I’m pretty tired from last week.
“I think I got a bit stuck alone in the round of golf. I won last week; I should be happy. But I’m going to enjoy this afternoon off and I hope to play well tomorrow.
“I don’t have too much pressure on my back, and it was really good to get that win. I’m going to go out tomorrow and try to make a lot of birdies. “
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