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Who made the cut in the British Open?

A day after Bryson DeChambeau ignited a controversy by saying that his driver “sucks,” the 2020 U.S. Open champion shot an even-par 70 and made the cut on the number at the 2021 British Open at Royal St. George's. usatoday.comBryson DeChambeau makes the cut at the 2021 British Open, then apologizes again for saying his driver 'sucks'

What is the cut line at the Open Championship?

British Open cut rules At The Open Championship, the top 70 players on the leaderboard after 36 holes automatically make it through to the third round, plus ties. The British Open follows the same rules as the PGA Championship, making them the two most forgiving of golf's four majors. sportingnews.comBritish Open cut line 2021: Final cut, rules, updates for Friday's leaderboard

Did Phil Mickelson make the cut?

SANDWICH, England, July 16 (Reuters) - Six-times major champion Phil Mickelson was among an illustrious list of players who failed to make the cut at the British Open on Friday. ReutersMickelson, Reed, Clarke miss British Open cut

Why did Will zalatoris withdraw from British Open?

The Masters runner-up withdrew from the British Open with a back injury after opening with a 69. Zalatoris says the shot he tried to hit out of thick grass on the 15th hole Thursday sent a tingle down his left leg. TSNZalatoris withdraws from Open Championship

The top of the leaderboard through 36 holes at the 149th Open Championship features plenty of star power as a pair of past champions pushed themselves into contention Friday and some of the sport's best talents are in the hunt entering the weekend at Royal St. George's. Louis Oosthuizen is the solo leader atop the field at 11 under after he played nearly another bogey-free round for a second consecutive day, turning in a 65 that fell one stroke shy of the low round of the week after his 64 on Thursday.

The 2010 Open Championship winner's combined 129 strokes through 36 holes set a new Open Championship record, falling one shot lower than the prior record mark of 130 previously held by Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Nick Faldo (1992).

Jordan Spieth, the 2017 Open Championship winner, is hot on Oosthuizen's heels after a second-round 3-under 67 that moved him to 8 under for the championship. Collin Morikawa is sandwiched between the two and second on the leaderboard at 9 under after he posted the low round of the early wave Friday with a 6-under 64. 

That's just a sampling of some of the stars who will carry contention hopes to Round 3 Saturday as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all had big days moving up the leaderboard. Check out a breakdown of the action below and catch up on highlights from the first round in the updates section.

1. Louis Oosthuizen (-11): It was nearly a perfect round for Oosthuizen on Friday as he came within a stroke of tying his own low round of the week. Oosthuizen did not have a bogey at Royal St. George's until No. 16 in Round 2, yet he still came in with a 3-under 32 on the back after playing holes 12-14 at 4 under. 

2. Collin Morikawa (-9): No player in men's golf history has won in his debut in two separate major championships, but Morikawa is potentially on the cusp of doing exactly that after a strong showing Friday. He came one stroke short of tying the course record at Royal St. George's with his second-round 64, becoming just the sixth golfer at the venue to post a 64 or lower in an Open Championship. 

3. Jordan Spieth (-8): A 3-under 67 round for Spieth on Friday gives him his second-best 36-hole start at a major championship in his young career. The previous best and third-best starts for him -- the 2015 Masters and 2017 Open Championship -- account for two of his three major championships. 

T4. Dustin Johnson, Dylan Frittelli, Scottie Scheffler (-6): After a slow start to Round 1 on Thursday, D.J. closed with a flourish on the back and carried that momentum into Round 2 with a front nine 33. He came home in 32 and played the last seven at 3 under. It's his ninth career round of 65 or better in a major championship, the most among all golfers, according to Justin Ray. This is the debut Open Championship showing for Scheffler, 25, and the second time Frittelli has made the cut at The Open in four tries. Both are seeking their first career win at a major after career-best finishes at the U.S. Open last month.

T12. Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and two others (-5): Koepka after his second-round 66 had a little extra pep in his step when he took a a subtle shot at Bryson DeChambeau, declaring, "I love my driver." He closed his round with four birdies over his final five holes. Rahm's 64 tied for low-round of the week and he enters Saturday having completed his last 27 holes without a score over par.

Today was more like it. 5 birdies on the front 9 and @TheOpen roars are just so unique. Let’s have a great weekend guys 🙏🏼 #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/JLDQGR0sUr

Louis Oosthuizen: 1st player to lead outright after each of first 2 rounds in an Open at Royal St George's since 1934 (Henry Cotton)

What a 65 from @DJohnsonPGA 👏 He's going into the weekend just four shots off the lead #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/siBNRLlZAx

Dustin Johnson with a major showing in Round 2 as he cards a 65 to move to 7 under for the championship. World No. 1 in the mix entering the weekend.

High expectations in the @SiemMarcel household 😂 #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/PBALzOKOH3

2021 British Open Round 2 Recap | Golf Podcast https://t.co/W304cNfSHh

"Phenomenal" 🙌@jigger_thomson talks through his hole-in-one at #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/IP9I7hiISy

A fantastic 64 for 2021 US Open Champion @JonRahmpga 👏 He's going into the weekend in contention at #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/KRbrSavxV5

🚨 RECORD BREAKER! 🚨@Louis57TM cards the lowest 36-hole score ever at #TheOpen 👏 pic.twitter.com/9u9dxL86yw

Second-round 65 for Louis Oosthuizen as he holds a two-stroke lead entering the weekend. His score of 129 through 36 holes sets an Open Championship record previously held by Nick Faldo and Brandt Snedeker at 130.

World No. 2 Jon Rahm leaves a birdie putt on No. 18 that would've given him a 63 (!!) just short. He's in at 64, however, tying the low round of the week. 5 under through 36 holes.

Former Texas Longhorns @TexasMGolf currently make up 3 of the top-5 on the leaderboard at #TheOpen

Driving into the weekend! pic.twitter.com/poSQG0mrvC

Striding into the weekend 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️ #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/TltDHDb7AA

65-67 for Spieth, and he's -8 going to the weekend. He probably won't want such a shootout, but he can win them any way you want. He took the Masters at -18, the U.S. Open at -5 and his Open Championship at -12. Nothing about his first two days has dissuaded me from thinking major No. 4 is coming.

Jordan Spieth is in through 36 after a 3-under 67 today. Could've closed better but only one bogey on the back and he's just a few strokes off the lead entering Saturday.

Bryson DeChambeau with a two-putt par to narrowly make the weekend cut. Even-par round for him today.

Wait, D.J. is -7?! He makes three birdies in a row to get within two of second place and within four of the lead. He's had a terrible major championship season, but a win here would get him three legs of the grand slam. His best-ever finish at an Open came in 2011 at Royal St. George's when he finished T2 behind Darren Clarke.

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Louis Oosthuizen sets 36-hole Open record, leads by 2 strokes

ESPN 17 July, 2021 - 12:10pm

SANDWICH, England -- Louis Oosthuizen set a 36-hole record at The Open and is halfway to ending that run of near misses at the majors.

He'll have to hold off a cast of major champions on the weekend at Royal St. George's.

On a day of pleasant summer weather that took the fear out of the links off Sandwich Bay, Oosthuizen broke away from a three-way tie with a birdie-birdie-eagle run from the 12th hole. 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 shots behind.

Another shot back was Jordan Spieth (67), going after his fourth major.

Lurking was two-time major champion Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, who shot 65.

Oosthuizen was at 11-under 129, breaking the 36-hole Open record first set by Nick Faldo in 1992 at Muirfield and matched by Brandt Snedeker in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

This will be the fifth time in the last nine rounds at a major that Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, has had at least a share of the lead. He was runner-up at the past two majors, to Phil Mickelson at the the PGA Championship in May and to Jon Rahm the U.S. Open last month.

"I'm not really going to think about the second spots," said Oosthuizen, when asked what he'll do differently this time. "I know my game is in a good place."

He'll also be aware of the quality of player behind him, though.

Morikawa, making quite a debut in links golf, made seven birdies in his first 14 holes as 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 final hole catch the lip.

Spieth, four shots behind when he teed off, was tied for the lead after 12 holes and then played the last six holes in 1 over.

Then there was Johnson, a runner-up at Royal St. George's in 2011, who stuck his approach at the last to 3 feet for a birdie and a round of 65, which left him tied for fourth place at 7 under with Dylan Frittelli of South Africa (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).

One shot behind an eclectic mix of players at 6 under -- including two more South Africans in Justin Harding and Daniel van Tonder -- were Rahm (64) and Brooks Koepka.

Koepka made four birdies in his last five holes for a 66, then continued his feud with Bryson DeChambeau, who made it to the weekend on the number at Royal St. George's by shooting a 70.

Rory McIlroy did, too, needing a birdie on the final hole for another 70. He was 11 shots behind.

Other big names weren't so lucky: 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, were all headed home.

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