Who will Win the Open Championship?
Follow all the action live from the second round as The Open 2021 continues at Royal St George’s.
Louis Oosthuizen’s dazzling opening round of 64 sees the South African take a one-shot lead into day two, but Jordan Spieth is hot on his heels after the 2017 champion produced a fine display of his own to sit at five-under-par alongside fellow American Brian Harman. A pack of four players at -4 includes another former champion in Stewart Cink, but a host of big names are lurking -3, including Collin Morikawa, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood. Just one further back lies Dustin Johnson, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia on what promises to be a thrilling day’s play.
There’s plenty of work to be done for the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas, though. The trio are all significantly off the pace are faltering first rounds, while Phil Mickelson sits last out of all 156 players in the field after a harrowing 10-over-par first round of 80. Follow all the action from the second round below:
THE OPEN 2021: TROUBLE FOR MORIKAWA?
‘No!’ is the cry from Morikawa from the 14th tee as he sends his drive left and into the long rough at the par 5. He looks to be in the thick stuff there.
McIlroy teases a downhill birdie putt just short of the hole at the par-3 6th, while Padraig Harrington is on a roll as he makes his fourth birdie in six holes at the 12th to move to -1.
Jamie Braidwood16 July 2021 11:52
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA SAVES PAR TO STAY -9
Morikawa looked to be in a bit of trouble after he found the fairway bunker with his drive at 13. He chipped out to the fairway before another fantastic approach shot sees him land a wedge to within a few feet of the pin – and he gets away with his par, a superb save.
Fleetwood sees a good chance for a birdie go begging as his putt lips out at the 6th. He remains at -3.
Jamie Braidwood16 July 2021 11:45
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA MOVES TO -9
Collin Morikawa is playing with such breathtaking precision and, what’s more, he’s making it seem ridiculously easy. At the 12th, a brilliant drive leaves him just 65 yards into the green out of the semi-rough. A deft lob wedge finishes within gimme range and he taps in his sixth birdie of the day. The American is now -9 for the tournament and holds a three-shot lead.
Tom Kershaw16 July 2021 11:26
THE OPEN 2021: MCILROY BACK TO +1
Finally, a bit of relief for McIlroy as a birdie at the fourth sees him move back to +1. That is the projected cut line at the moment and Justin Thomas is also stuck there, having just pushed his blind approach way right at the fifth green. Xander Schauffele, who was highly fancied heading into this week, has endured a desperate start to his round, dropping four shots in five holes and now far off the pace at +3.
Tom Kershaw16 July 2021 11:23
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA MOVES TO -8
Morikawa’s surge shows no sign of abating, with yet another birdie, this time at the par-3 11th. That’s his fifth birdie already and the former PGA champion now has a two-shot lead.
Daniel van Tonder is the only other early starter to really make a move so far. The South African, who’s already enjoyed a brilliant debut season on the European Tour, finished with back-to-back birdies and is in the clubhouse for 66. That leaves him at -6 for the tournament.
Tom Kershaw16 July 2021 11:15
THE OPEN 2021: MCILROY MAKES DISASTROUS START
After a birdie on the 18th yesterday evening lifted Rory McIlroy’s sore spirits, he’s endured the worst possible start to his second round. A bogey on the opening hole is followed by a poor chip at the second that runs well past the pin and he’s now lost two shots in the space of the opening 30 minutes.
Tom Kershaw16 July 2021 10:58
THE OPEN 2021: MORIKAWA MAKES TURN IN 31
Collin Morikawa has just finished an exceptional front nine with back-to-back birdies. His iron play – already considered the best on the PGA Tour – has been sublime and he’s four-under-par for his round and -7 for the tournament. We have a new outright leader.
Tom Kershaw16 July 2021 10:46
THE OPEN 2021: AMERICANS ON THE CHARGE
For those of you just joining us, American duo Collin Morikawa and Tony Finau have showed some early form on day two of the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s.
The 2020 US PGA champion Morikawa birdied his first hole to move to four under, two shots behind first-round leader Louis Oosthuizen who was not due out until mid-afternoon.
Finau has been playing some of the best golf of the morning starters in overcast and breezy conditions.
His tee shot at the 238-yard third finished 12 inches from the pin for his first birdie of the day and he then chipped in from the back of the fifth green to move to two under.
Ben Burrows16 July 2021 10:14
THE OPEN 2021: QUADRUPLE FOR MOLINARI
Molinari, who has enjoyed an up and down start today, has had a nightmare at the short sixth after finding a greenside bunker.
His first two attempts to escape the sand rebounded off the face and that forced him to come out sideways.
The Ryder Cup star chipped up and two-putted for a quadruple-bogey seven.
Just behind him Morikawa’s short birdie putt saw him go joint-second on five under.
Ben Burrows16 July 2021 09:59
THE OPEN 2021: DECHAMBEAU COMPARED TO AN 8-YEAR-OLD
Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau has been compared to an “eight-year-old that gets mad” after claiming his driver was at fault for a one-over-par first round at the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s.
The 2020 US Open champion may have acquired the nickname ‘the scientist’ for his analytical approach to the game but it was a case of a workman blaming his tools after hitting just four fairways on his way to a 71.
His fairways-hit percentage of 28.5 per c
ent was about half of the field average but DeChambeau said the fault was with the biggest club in the bag.
“If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that’s great, but with the driver right now, the driver sucks,” said the American, who recovered from a two-over front nine with three successive birdies from the 12th only to let things slip with two more dropped shots after finding trouble off the tee again.
Club manufacturers Cobra – who have designed the driver with a 46-inch shaft and only five degrees of loft specifically for DeChambeau – did not take kindly to the comments, however, and called them “stupid”.
“Everybody is bending over backwards,” Cobra’s tour operations manager Ben Schomin, who caddied for the player at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a fortnight ago, told Golfweek.
“We’ve got multiple guys in R&D (research and development) who are CAD’ing (compute-aided design) this and CAD-ing that, trying to get this and that into the pipeline faster. (Bryson) knows it.
“It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid. He has never really been happy, ever.
“It’s like an eight-year-old that gets mad at you. They might fly off the handle and say, ‘I hate you’, but then you go, ‘Whoa, no you don’t.’
“We know as adults that they really don’t mean that and I know that if I got him cornered right now and said, ‘What the hell did you say that for?’ he would say that he was mad.
“He didn’t really mean to say it that harshly. He knows how much everyone bends over backwards for him, but it’s still not cool.”
Ben Burrows16 July 2021 09:47