Cameron Smith takes over. Victor Pérez finally reassures himself in the Major

A massive 64 (-8) no-fault author, Cameron Smith (photo) dominates The Open after 36 holes with an already high score of -13. The Australian, who clearly aspires to win the Grand Slam, is ahead of Cameron Young by two points, Rory McIlroy and Victor Hovland by three. After five consecutive failures, Victor Perez put an end to his black streak at the Major. He is 25 in -4 (140).

Lionel Villa, in St Andrews (Scotland)

patched at least today, Old St Andrews Stadium ! The stadium, for the most part, took advantage of very easy playing conditions (greens soaked in night rain, few showers in the morning and complete absence of wind) to play low on Friday.

Not a single golfer in the first 30 after two rounds returned a card above par. The prize goes to Cameron Smitha wonderful author 64 (-8) without errors – like American Cameron Young the day before – which allows him to tolerate the controls of the 150 open History with cannon grade -13 (131). Remember, the record here in St Andrews is held at -19 by tiger wood In 2000, with four cards in 60!

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. winner Players Championship last March in PGA TourSmith has been hovering around with huge success for several years now. fourth toUS Open 20152 in Masters 2020he just finished in the top three this year in Augusta (Third). For his fifth outing in the British Open (20th place as a record value in Portrush In 2019), the Brisbane native may keep his record Grand Slam week.

I think I was patient todayconfirms the person who has given up only one Ghost in 36 holes since Thursday morning. Of course, she got off to a very good start. (Editor’s note, 3 birds in the first 3 holes). After that, you can get aggressive quickly but I stayed patient and did some nice kicks, like the one at 14 (Editor’s note, 21 meters to the eagle). »

Tomorrow, it will be a little firmer, like Thursday. It can be very brutal. I think we’re going to have some more sensitive science positions. You must be smart. This will be the key in my opinion to stay on top of the leaderboard. »

The fight promises to be fierce because the top of the leaderboard is seated by the top players: Rory McIlroy And the Victor HovlandAnd the third at -10 forward Dustin Johnsonv at -9, Scotty Schefflerworld number 1, and Terrell HuttonOr six to -8 or even Adam Scott65 (-7) please, and Patrick Cantlay, the eighth at -7. How heavy it is!

It was left behind on Thursday, and the others were replaced thanks to favorable weather. quotes Matthew Fitzpatrick, 72 24 hours ago but 66 (-6) today. The Englishman had 43 spots and is now 12th at -6. the same for me John Ram, 73 (+1) yesterday and 67 (-5) on Friday. The Spaniard moved up 52 places to 25th at -4.

The former world number one joins… Victor Perezvery strong with 69 (-3) of the day thanks to his comeback completed in 32 (-4) for example, blasted four birds from 10 to 14. Here he puts an end to a black streak of five consecutive missing cuts in the Majors.

Once the wind meets, even if it is longer, we are able to regain a little control of the ball. It might have been a little easier…

Victor Perez

I’m very happy with my first two days with the power-up on the greensFrench are given priority. Today, we had a headwind, which is the traditional wind here with a counter wind from the left in return. It’s a wind in which I can see the blows clearly. We write the same departures from 12. Six times in a row. And with a very good shot at 12, he clearly fired me in the comeback. It gave me confidence… »

Today was more logged than Thursday even if the organization made efforts on flag sitescontinued. They were easier. Today there were many options. Once the wind meets, even if it is longer, we are able to regain a little control of the ball. It might have been a little easier… »

Imitation of Jacquelin and Dubuisson

The winner is here at Dunhill Linux Championship 2019, so Victor Perez can be aiming for a very good performance this weekend. And who knows how to imitate? Raphael Jacqueline And the Victor Dubisonthe last two of the three colors that finished in the top ten at The Open (8th in 2011 in Royal St. George and 9 in 2014 in Royal Liverpool).

It’s a good position even if the best players in the world are up front but also at the back. Don’t expect everyone to play 75 tomorrow Perez warns.

Farewell to St. Andrews for Tiger Woods?

What is certain is that tiger wood You won’t be one of those. Tiger missed his tournament, playing 78 (+6) and 75 (+3). On aggregate +9, he finished very far from the parabola, in 148th place. Will we see him again at St Andrews in a future British Open? It seems that he himself is suspicious of it …

Like Woods, some larger fish remained in the cutting net. The most important, undoubtedly, is the title holder. Colin Morikawa. The American, the race winner at the European Tour 2021, failed to cut the promised land with cards 72 and 73. First time since then Darren Clarkwho triumphed at Royal St George’s in 2011 but missed the weekend in 2012 at Royal Lytham and St. Annis.

go out too Louis Oosthuizen (+1), winner here in 2010 and beat playoff in 2015 (by Zach Johnson), Max Homa (+1), Bernd Weisberger (+4), Brooks Kopka (+4), Phil Mickelson (+5), Gary Woodland (+6), who is still unable to return to his best form since his success at the 2019 US Open, or even Mark Leishman (+6), they were also defeated in the 2015 St Andrews playoff!


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