Meltdown Corner (No1 in an ongoing series). Matt Wallace runs hot when things aren’t going well, and having just missed a glorious birdie opportunity on 5, he now reacts to another short chance horseshoeing out at the par-three 6th with a 100-decibel eff word, generated using very many chest muscles and full capacity of both lungs. His caddy pointedly stays at a respectful distance. Wallace stays at +1; he really should be -1.
A stunning opening par for Webb Simpson. The 2012 US Open champ shot 66 yesterday, but hoicks his tee shot at 1 into thick rough. He takes his medicine, chipping out sideways, but then gets up and down from 100 yards to save his bacon. He remains at -4.
It’s not as warm as yesterday, but the wind’s down a little, so expect some good scoring today. Collin Morikawa certainly looks in the mood to take advantage of conditions: he lands his drive at 5 on Position A on the fairway, then clips a glorious second to three feet. In goes the putt, and he’s now just one off the lead.
A slow start for Matt Wallace, who has been threatening to make a big breakthrough for some time now, without ever getting himself properly involved at the business end of a major. The 31-year-old from England follows his par 70 yesterday by dropping a shot this morning at 3. He should have picked it back up at 5, having steered a low, fizzing iron to four feet, but he shoves his putt to the right and taps in for an ultimately disappointing par. He remains at +1.
A nice brisk start for Tony Finau. Birdies at 3 and 5, and he joins the group at -2. He’ll be seriously ruing that double-bogey on 18 last night; bogeys happen, but missed tiddlers that compound the problem hurt. Back on 4, Collin Morikawa finds the rough down the left, but punches a clever second into the front of the green, using the bumps and contours to bring his ball round to 12 feet. Had he tried to pitch that on, it’d have most likely bounced off the back. Smart links golf. Sadly his putt slides by, though it’s not an egregious miss, the ball shaves the lip. Shame, that approach deserved birdie. He remains at -4.
Royal St George’s has thrown up some shock winners over the years: Darren Clarke, Ben Curtis, Bill Rogers. Should 29-year-old Johannes Veerman prevail this week, he’d certainly fall into that category. He’s never won on the European Tour, and is playing in the Open for the first time this week, but after yesterday’s solid but uneventful 70, has birdied 3 and 6 this morning to move to -2. Thing is, though, he’s bang in form, coming off a career-best third-placed finish at the Irish Open, the result that earned him his place here. He also shot 65 at the Scottish Open last Sunday for another top-ten finish. Not a bad time to find your best stuff. At Sandwich, you never know.
A couple of very early moves. Collin Morikawa – hotly tipped by the cognoscenti on account of his sweet iron striking, providing his sometimes iffy flat stick doesn’t let him down – birdied the opening hole this morning to move a couple off the pace. He’s currently -4 overall through 3. Benjamin Hebert, however, coming off the back of yesterday’s superb 66, has dropped one at the 1st.
Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our coverage of the second round of the 149th Open Championship. Louis Oosthuizen leads the way after an opening 64, but some big names are in hot pursuit. Here’s how the top of the leader board looked as dawn broke this morning …
… and here are the tee times for day two. (Players are GB & Ireland unless stated, all times BST, -a- denotes amateurs.)
06.35 Daniel Croft, Aaron Rai, Paul Waring 06.46 -a- Christoffer Bring (Den), Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Daniel van Tonder (Rsa) 06.57 -a- Matthias Schmid (Ger), Brendan Steele (USA), Harold Varner III (USA) 07.08 Jaco Ahlers (Rsa), Troy Merritt (USA), Adam Long (USA) 07.19 Jason Day (Aus), Joost Luiten (Ned), Johannes Veerman (USA) 07.30 John Catlin (USA), Romain Langasque (Fra), Aaron Pike (Aus) 07.41 Sam Forgan, Padraig Harrington, Brad Kennedy (Aus) 07.52 Tony Finau (USA), Adam Hadwin (Can), Billy Horschel (USA) 08.03 Patrick Cantlay (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ryan Fox (Nzl) 08.14 Marc Leishman (Aus), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Matt Wallace 08.25 Corey Conners (Can), Collin Morikawa (USA), Sebastian Munoz (Col) 08.36 -a- Sam Bairstow, Keith Mitchell (USA), Jason Scrivener (Aus) 08.47 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Charley Hoffman (USA) 09.03 Keegan Bradley (USA), Rafael Cabrera (Spa), Richard T. Lee (Can) 09.14 Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Matthias Schwab (Aut), Brendon Todd (USA) 09.25 Russell Henley (USA), Shaun Norris (Rsa), Webb Simpson (USA) 09.36 Daniel Hillier (Nzl), Matt Jones (Aus), Marcel Siem (Ger) 09.47 Tyrrell Hatton, Kevin Kisner (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA) 09.58 Rickie Fowler (USA), Robert MacIntyre, Xander Schauffele (USA) 10.09 Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott (Aus), Justin Thomas (USA) 10.20 Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed (USA), Cameron Smith (Aus) 10.31 Max Homa (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA), Henrik Stenson (Swe) 10.42 Ben Hutchinson, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn), Antoine Rozner (Fra) 10.53 Kurt Kitayama (USA), Deyen Lawson (Aus), Poom Saksansin (Tha) 11.04 Ricardo Celia (Col), Yuki Inamori (Jpn), Jimmy Walker (USA) 11.15 Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Ryutaro Nagano (Jpn), Nicholas Poppleton 11.36 Marcus Armitage, Richard Bland, Andy Sullivan 11.47 Justin Harding (Rsa), Chan Kim (USA), Haotong Li (Chn) 11.58 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), -a- Abel Gallegos (Arg), Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 12.09 Richard Mansell, Alexander Noren (Swe), J. C. Ritchie (Rsa) 12.20 Dean Burmester (Rsa), -a- Laird Shepherd, Danny Willett 12.31 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Sam Horsfield, Min-Woo Lee (Aus) 12.42 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Ryan Palmer (USA), Thomas Detry (Bel) 12.53 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Paul Casey, Ian Poulter 13.04 Garrick Higgo (Rsa), Brooks Koepka (USA), Jason Kokrak (USA) 13.15 Daniel Berger (USA), Joel Dahmen (USA), Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 13.26 Darren Clarke, -a- Joe Long, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 13.37 Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Chris Kirk (USA), Jack Senior 13.48 Talor Gooch (USA), Chengtsung Pan (Tai), Jonathan Thomson 14.04 Ernie Els (Rsa), -a- Cole Hammer (USA), Gary Woodland (USA) 14.15 Sam Burns (USA), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Lucas Herbert (Aus) 14.26 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Branden Grace (Rsa), Jordan Spieth (USA) 14.37 Brian Harman (USA), Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 14.48 Guido Migliozzi (Ita), Victor Perez (Fra), Kevin Streelman (USA) 14.59 Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Jon Rahm (Spa) 15.10 Stewart Cink (USA), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Lee Westwood 15.21 Dustin Johnson (USA), Justin Rose, Will Zalatoris (USA) 15.32 Sergio Garcia (Spa), -a- Yuxin Lin (Chn), Scottie Scheffler (USA) 15.43 Harris English (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) 15.54 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Lucas Glover (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA) 16.05 Takumi Kanaya (Jpn), Marcel Schneider (Ger), Cameron Tringale (USA) 16.16 Lanto Griffin (USA), Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn), Connor Worsdall