Louis Oosthuizen set a 36-hole report on the British 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 time 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 12th gap. He shrugged off his first bogey of the week for a 5-under 65 and a two-stroke lead on Friday.
Former PGA champion Collin Morikawa had a 64 and was two photographs behind.
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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 this planet, who shot 65.
Oosthuizen was at 11-under 129, breaking the 36-hole Open report 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 not less than a share of the lead. He was runner-up on the final two majors, to Phil Mickelson on the PGA Championship in Could and to Jon Rahm on the U.S. Open final month.
“I am not likely going to consider the second spots,” mentioned Oosthuizen, when requested what he’ll do otherwise this time. “I do know my sport is in an excellent place.”
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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 Dustin Johnson, a runner-up at Royal St. George’s in 2011, who caught his method on the final to three toes for a birdie and a spherical of 65, which left him tied for fourth place at 7 beneath with Dylan Frittelli of South Africa (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).
Koepka made 4 birdies in his final 5 holes for a 66, then continued his petty feud with Bryson DeChambeau with maybe one of the best shot of his spherical.
Throughout a tv interview, Koepka mentioned he was driving it nice, including: “I really like my driver” — a transparent nod at DeChambeau, who complained on Thursday that his driver “sucks.”
DeChambeau simply made it to the weekend at Royal St. George’s by capturing a 70, which noticed him make the minimize on the quantity at 1 over.
Rory McIlroy did, too, needing a birdie on the ultimate gap for one more 70. He was 11 photographs behind.
Different huge 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.