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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

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

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'

Who are the favorites to win the British Open?

2021 British Open odds to win: Jordan Spieth emerges as championship favorite after 65 in Round 1. Louis Oosthuizen is in the top spot on the leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth, who is one stroke off the lead after Thursday's first round, is the new favorite to win the 2021 Open Championship. CBSSports.com2021 British Open odds to win: Jordan Spieth emerges as championship favorite after 65 in Round 1

The 149th Open: Jordan Spieth frustrated by disappointing finish to second round at Royal St George's

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The 2017 Champion was a shot off the lead after the opening day and impressed early in his second round at Royal St George's, birdieing his opening two holes on a low-scoring Friday.

Spieth was four under for his round with six holes to play but struggled over the closing stretch, bogeying the par-four 15th and closing his round with three pars to post a three-under 67, leaving him heading into the weekend three strokes behind halfway leader Collin Morikawa.

"I think that today was the day that could've really been the special one here," Spieth told Sky Sports. "I felt like I had a really low one in me, but I just didn't quite do it.

"I had a few putts there in the middle of the front nine and then obviously closed one over on the last six. I'm in a good position, but there's kind of a bad taste in my mouth with what could've been."

The three-time major champion was four under for his round with six holes to play but struggled over the closing stretch, bogeying the par-four 15th before closing his round with three pars.

"I think I need to bring more food on the golf course tomorrow," Spieth later added. "I got really just in a weird head space, like fatigued there on the 13th green as we were waiting and hitting putts.

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"I just didn't stay focused like I was early in the round. Wasn't very sharp. It's an easy solution for tomorrow. The finish on 18 secured a second to last group on Saturday, which is a good position to be in, but today was an afternoon where I eyeing a number lower than what I finished at."

World No 1 Dustin Johnson battled his way back into the tournament with a five-under 65, with the two-time major winner birdieing his final hole to jump into the group on seven under and tied-fourth.

Brooks Koepka heads into the weekend six off the pace, having recovered from dropping three shots in two holes early in his round to close a second-round 66 with three consecutive birdies.

"I think I forgot about it [the double bogey] during the round, but very frustrated with three and four," Koepka said. "You can't make a double bogey in a major championship, so pretty frustrated. You can't make those mistakes, especially when you're that far back.

"I just felt like I had to get back in to the golf tournament. I was so mad at myself at making a mental mistake, talking Ricky [Elliott, caddie] into three-wood. When you make a mental mistake and a poor swing, it's going to be a disaster.

"I'm okay with making bad swings, but like I said, if you're going to make a mental mistake, that's inexcusable. So, I've got to play a clean card pretty much this weekend if I want a chance."

Can Louis Oosthuizen get it done this time at The Open as big names chase again?

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Once again, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen finds himself in contention at a major championship.

Oosthuizen's 36-hole total of 129 at The Open at Royal St. George's is the second-best scoring total through two rounds at a major in history; Brooks Koepka's 36-hole total at the 2019 PGA Championship was 128.

If Oosthuizen is going to win The Open for a second time, and 11 years after he won his first, he'll have to hold off some of the sport's best players. Collin Morikawa is only 2 shots back, Jordan Spieth is 3 behind and Dustin Johnson is 4 back. Koepka and Jon Rahm are also within striking distance at 5 under.

When Oosthuizen won his only major at The Open at St. Andrews in 2010, he didn't start thinking about hoisting the Claret Jug until his tee shot on the 17th hole of the final round.

He beat Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy by 7 shots.

"You try not to think of it until you've done it," Oosthuizen said.

"I don't know," Oosthuizen said. "I think in a few of them I needed to play just that little bit better coming down the stretch. U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, that wasn't the easiest golf course to go the last five, six holes trying to get a birdie. You were sort of just playing making pars, and obviously Jon finished with those two unbelievable putts he made, and all of a sudden now I'm chasing. So that was difficult to find birdies to try and win the championship.

"Having said [that], I played well enough where I could have probably been a little bit more aggressive on a few occasions. It's just I don't think I would have done a lot different in a lot of them."

Oosthuizen will have a chance to try to close the door again this weekend, after he opened a 2-shot lead over Morikawa after the second round. His 36-hole scoring total of 129 is the lowest in the history of The Open.

Louis Oosthuizen has set the record for lowest 36-hole score in The Open Championship history with a 129. pic.twitter.com/2FHdchMJbs

After a bogey-free 6-under 64 in the first round, Oosthuizen went 33 straight holes without a bogey. After carding an eagle on the par-5 14th on Friday, he finally bogeyed the par-3 16th.

"No, more inspiration I would say, knowing that I can still compete in majors," Oosthuizen said. "I just need to pull it through and see if I can go one better this weekend. The game is good, but I know it's a really good leaderboard. I have to play good golf this weekend if I want to come out first."

The first time Collin Morikawa played in the U.S. Open, he tied for 35th at Pebble Beach in 2019. The first time he played in the PGA Championship at Harding Park the next year, he became the event's third-youngest winner at age 23.

Clearly, Morikawa is unfazed by golf's biggest stages. That's the case once again in his first start at The Open.

Morikawa, now 24, shot a 6-under 64 in the second round, which was tied for his best score to par in any round at a major, and trails Oosthuizen by 2 shots after 36 holes. Morikawa's 36-hole score of 131 is tied for fourth lowest in Open history.

"I look at them as obviously they're starred," Morikawa said of the majors. "We have four of them a year, and you're trying to definitely win these four because they're that big."

Morikawa said he grew up watching The Open on TV. He was just 6 years old when Ben Curtis became the last first-time winner of The Open at Royal St. George's in 2003.

According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, Morikawa would become only the ninth player to win the PGA Championship and The Open in a 365-day span. Of the previous eight, only Tiger Woods did it before turning 25.

"For me, I just want to create my own memories," he said. "There's memories here and there. I'm awful with golf history, unfortunately, like just remembering certain facts. ... For me, hopefully we can just create memories and create lifetime memories that hopefully Sunday comes along and we can talk again."

After opening with a 1-over 71, Jon Rahm looked like his U.S. Open victory follow-up at a major would be a flop. But then the Spaniard put together a bogey-free, 6-under 64 to move to 5 under at the halfway point, 6 shots behind Oosthuizen, whom he chased down to win at Torrey Pines last month.

It was Rahm's lowest-scoring round in a major.

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"I can play this level of golf on the weekend as well," said Rahm, whose best finish at The Open was a tie for 11th at Royal Portrush two years ago. "I can play really good. It can get better as well. I think I [will] give myself a chance to catch up by Sunday.

"But we will see [in the third round]. [Saturday] is the most important day, obviously, right now. If I can put another solid round like I did [on Friday], post a good number, and hope that the leaders don't go too low, I think that's the job."

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka also put himself back into contention with a 4-under 66, closing with four birdies in the final five holes, including the last three. He is also at 5 under after 36 holes.

"I would like to be closer," Koepka said. "But, yeah, I mean, I got to go out and play a good round. I need that. Try to be within two or three of the lead going into Sunday. So I need to make a move -- and got to do it [Saturday]."

Oosthuizen isn't the only South African on the leaderboard. The other one, though, is completely unexpected. Daniel van Tonder, 30, was a late replacement for Joohyung Kim and is playing in his first Open. After a 4-under 66 moved him to 6 under at the halfway point, van Tonder is suddenly in contention to win the Claret Jug.

"I can't ask for much," van Tonder said. "Golf you can't really go and just say you want to be this or that. You have to go out and play. Yeah, as long as the wind keeps on blowing, I'm very happy about that. I'm here for the weekend and just enjoying every moment."

He started playing golf at age 12 and has never had a coach. His wife, Abi, is his caddie. He's a seven-time winner on the Challenge Tour and won his first European Tour event at the Kenya Savannah Classic in March, beating Jazz Janewattananond in a playoff. He tied for 44th at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in May.

Germany's Marcel Siem is also tied for seventh at 6 under after 36 holes. That might be even more of a surprise. Siem is ranked the No. 302 player in the world. He didn't qualify for The Open until Sunday, when he won the European Challenge Tour's Le Vaudreuil Challenge in France.

Playing in his first major since the 2015 PGA Championship, Siem has consecutive rounds in the 60s in a major for the first time in his career.

The friendlier-than-expected conditions at Royal St. George's didn't help everyone. A handful of big names are headed home after missing the cut. They include Marc Leishman (2 over), Francesco Molinari (2 over), Tyrrell Hatton (2 over), Patrick Cantlay (3 over), Patrick Reed (3 over), Gary Woodland (3 over), Jason Day (5 over) and Phil Mickelson (12 over).

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