What is the cut for 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. Sporting NewsBritish Open cut line 2021: Final cut, rules, updates for Friday's leaderboard
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'
Where is Royal St Georges Open?
George's. The second round of the 2021 Open Championship — or British Open, as some refer to it in America — is underway at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. Detroit Free PressOpen Championship 2021: Leaderboard, live updates from second round at Royal St. George's
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
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While the days were bright in Sandwich, England, and with the layout on the soft side and the breezes far from menacing for most of the first two rounds, Louis Oosthuizen led a barrage of red numbers as he’s shot 64-65 to get to 11 under and two shots clear of the field. In all, 52 of the original 156 players are under par; another 35 made it to the third round.
But plenty of players couldn’t overcome the lurking dangers of Royal St. George’s, including the sloping greens, the humpy, bumpy fairways, an assortment of pot bunkers and lush, thick fescue and rough. The cut came at 1-over 141 – the lowest in the championship’s history since 1898. The previous low was 143, which occurred nine times, the most recent being in 2019 at Royal Portrush.
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Phil Mickelson walks across the fifth green following his putt during the second round of the Open Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports)
Jason Day during the second round of the Open Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports)
The 2015 PGA winner couldn’t recover from an opening-75 which he began with three bogeys in his first five holes. The former world No. 1 has six missed cuts and just two top-10s this year.
Patrick Reed checks his yardage book on 17th hole during the first round of the Open Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports)
The 2018 Masters champion battled the lefts throughout his two rounds and never got on a good sustained run – in the first round he had four bogeys and two birdies in his first 14 holes. Knowing he needed to go low in the second round, the winner of the Farmers Insurance Open made two bogeys in his first five holes and couldn’t rally.
Patrick Cantlay watches his shot from the 9th tee during a practice round for The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England on July 14, 2021. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS)
The world No. 7, who went across the pond off his victory in the Memorial and two top-15s in his last three starts, certainly made enough birdies – 9. But the usually consistent ball-striker made seven bogeys, one double and one triple.
Tyrrell Hatton tees off on the 4th hole during Day Two of the abrdn Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club on July 09, 2021 in North Berwick, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
The world No. 10 went all Angry Golfer in the second round, flipping off a spectator and snapping an iron on his last hole. Made five birdies and too many bogeys.
Stewart Cink tees off from the 16th during his second round on day 2 of The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England on July 16, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK)
The two-time winner this season and the 2009 Open champion hovered around the lead as he opened with a 66 but he began the second round with three consecutive bogeys and then disaster struck when he went bogey-triple bogey-bogey starting on the 13th.
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When it was put to him that he might be trying too hard, he gave the inquiry the sort of resounding knockback as if it had been struck with his driver, saying "I have four Majors and a wonderful family". Just as important is the fact that he has perspective, a gift more precious than all the millions he has accrued, although a few pennies does help. McIlroy admitted that he was "a bit nervous standing on the 18th tee after back-to-back bogeys but he avoided the cut with a final hole birdie (for the second day running) and plays on into the weekend, something he didn’t manage to do on the home turf of Portrush two years ago. You won’t find a dissenter as to the legitimacy of his presence at Sandwich. As he put it: ‘My life is perfect…I want for nothing’.
As he moved through the throng that followed him after missing an absolute tiddler on the 16th, there was nothing but encouragement from the gallery. No cat-calls, no mocking tones, no taunts of how useless he might be. To think it was only a few days ago at Wembley that a different scenario unfolded when a few footballers duffed their shots the way McIlroy did at several junctures, notably with successive bogeys at the start. But the band played on as roars of appreciation cascaded round Royal St George’s. Form is temporary, class is permanent.
McIlroy was obliged to back off shots on two or three occasions due to noise from the sidelines, normally the bane of a golfer’s life. Not for our Rory.
“It is definitely the better alternative to have (people) there than not,” said McIlroy. “There were camera and phone clicks but I’d rather have that than no-one there.”
There were a couple of police officers in attendance nearby as he teed off in mid-morning, a precautionary ploy after McIlroy had his club filched by an interloper recently at the Scottish Open. There was no such excuse to resort to as explanation for his horrible start, such a let-down for the five-deep crowds and also for the man himself who had felt confident overnight after his birdie finish.
McIlroy is at one with the peaks and troughs of this ‘quirky’ links course for that is where his golf is, an undulating experience, a brow-creasing, spirit-churning adventure ride. Up on the hillocks following every moment of soaring hope or plummeting deflation was his father, Gerry, who kept an even face throughout, as masterful a performance as any out on the course.
Like Longfellow’s little girl, when McIlroy is good, he is very good. But not often enough as he himself was to acknowledge. He continues to work with Pete Cowen on his game but there is no Holy Grail out there, no switch that will flick on and illuminate the seeming darkness. Far from it. McIlroy has faith in himself and his equanimity makes for a reliable witness.
Who could gainsay his shot into the fourth that teed up his first birdie of the day or the studied up-and-over approach to the ninth that enabled him to putt for a heartening birdie to even things up at the turn? His fabulous wedge at the 11th opened up the possibility of an eagle but it was not to be.
There was apprehension in the Kent air as MclIroy moved to the 18th, a sense that he might battle to beat the cut. Even the punters in the hospitality suites put their glugging and feasting on hold to watch the mid-afternoon drama. Rory held firm with a lovely second into the heart of the green, holing the putt for birdie.
Triumph and disaster, he is proving just the man to deal with those imposters. At some point, the golf work itself out.
Justin Rose and Lee Westwood – two of English golf’s big beasts – orchestrated great escapes to ensure they play into the weekend.
Rose may have spoken eloquently on Thursday about the good omen playing at Royal St George’s would bring for English players but he may have thought twice about that on Friday after suffering a nightmare start to his round as he made three consecutive bogeys.
The galleries were groaning by the seventh hole, when the 2013 US Open champion was four over for the day – having started at three under.
Fans can be fickle and they roared back into action when Rose sunk an eagle three on the 14th having made a birdie on the 12th. He seemed to be feeding off the positive energy being exuded by playing partner Dustin Johnson, whose round of 65 left him tied for fourth, but there was just as much, or even more, love for a smiling Rose as he attempted a birdie on the 18th but the 20-footer was just short.
There were cheers of Ryder Cup proportions to greet Westwood – and fiancee and caddie Helen Storey – as he made a birdie on the 18th which ensured he would finish the day on two under having, begun it hovering on the cut line of plus one.
If he does not win at Royal St George’s – and it is looking more unlikely in his 88th career major championship appearance – Westwood will have recorded the most major starts of all time without a victory, breaking out of a tie with American Jay Haas. That would be a record the 48-year-old would not want to shout about.
The fiercely patriotic crowds in Sandwich are quite happy to swap allegiances between Englishmen. Tommy Fleetwood had started the day at three under, just three shots off the overnight lead. So, it was no wonder that he was a home favourite with a gallery up to nine deep on his opening holes. However, after bogeying the eight and ninth holes, there were quite a few fans thinking out loud: “Let’s go and watch Andy Sullivan, think that might be more fun.”
So, despite all the shouts of “Go on Tommy”, some of his large gallery left to watch Sullivan, who shot a second successive 67 to put himself in with a strong chance heading into the weekend at six under, tied for seventh.
The 35-year-old from Nuneaton was inspired as a youngster to pursue his passion for golf by fellow Midlands man Westwood and he showed great composure in his round. Having birdied the fourth, all remained even until he birdied the 12th and 14th, only to drop a shot on the 15th. But he bounced back immediately on the par-three 16th with a two. His putting was consistent and he held tight on the last to seal his round.
Sullivan was delighted with the fans who joined him on his round. “I really love this event at the Open. It’s really special, and when the fans are here it adds that extra buzz,” he said. “And with the weather out there being absolutely fantastic, there’s such a buzz out there, and when you’re holing putts and you get the roars and the screams, it’s brilliant. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Another player with a chance of attempting to end the 52 years since an Englishman – Tony Jacklin – was last Open champion on English soil is Paul Casey.
The 43-year-old was another who was able to keep his cool on Royal St George’s undulating surfaces to also post a 67 that took him to five under par.
Casey showed impressive mental fortitude, having bogeyed the second, to go on a purple patch of three consecutive birdies from the seventh through to the ninth only to drop a shot on the 10th, but he bounced back with further birdies on the 12th and 14th. Meanwhile, just a shot behind Casey is Danny Willett on four under.
Yet another English fan favourite, Ian Poulter, was playing with Casey and he looked rather festive sporting pale pink and blue checked trousers – apt on such a sunny day. He also had an impressive round, taking himself from being in danger of missing the cut to heading into the weekend at two under with a 66.
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