Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. in motion throughout the second spherical REUTERS/Paul Childs
July 16, 2021
By Martyn Herman
SANDWICH, England (Reuters) – American Collin Morikawa tore up the Royal St George’s hyperlinks with a storming outward 9 to maneuver into the British Open lead midway via his second spherical on Friday.
The 24-year-old picked up 4 birdies on his opening 9 holes and his putter remained sizzling as he sank birdies on the eleventh and twelfth to maneuver to nine-under, three strokes higher than in a single day chief Louis Oosthuizen who was out later within the day.
Mild winds and nice sunshine greeted Saturday’s early starters and Morikawa took no time in making hay.
The 2020 PGA champion birdied the primary and salvaged par on the fourth after a wayward tee shot then picked up one other birdie on the fifth after an excellent method shot.
He drilled a 25-footer on the eighth to maneuver degree with Oosthuizen earlier than one other birdie on 9 took the Open debutant clear on the prime of the leaderboard.
There was no stopping Morikawa as he left himself a 30-footer for birdie on the par-three eleventh and confidently dispatched it.
Oosthuizen’s fellow South African Daniel van Tonder additionally made the a lot of the benign circumstances as he posted a four-under 66 to maneuver alongside the previous champion.
He sank a birdie on the 18th to take the clubhouse lead.
Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy, in search of a primary main since 2014, was given an enormous ovation from the galleries as he strode to the primary tee hoping to begin climbing the leaderboard after his battling level-par 70 on Thursday.
However bogey fives on the primary and second holes stopped him in his tracks earlier than a birdie on the fourth left him one-over for the event and with plenty of work to do.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Enhancing by Toby Davis)