Former world number one Dustin Johnson, who recently made a mistake on the LIV series, shot a 67 to seize the clubhouse lead at nine under par on the second day of the 150th British Open on Friday, but Tiger Woods got emotional after continuing his struggle. on the Old Course.
Johnson, the two-time major winner who quit the PGA Tour last month to take part in the controversial Saudi-backed series, continued his opening four-under-par 68 with a bogey at the first.
However, the American quickly recovered from that with no more bogeys and six birdies, including one at the last which saw him move clear at the top of the leaderboard.
Johnson will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the last Open at St Andrews in 2015, when he led at the halfway stage on 10 under but a third-round 75 ended his hopes of victory.
“To be honest, I don’t even remember the third round seven years ago. I’ve played a lot of golf since then, and that was a long time ago,” he insisted before claiming he was not criticizing the LIV rebels.
“I don’t read anything. So I wouldn’t know what you were saying or if you were saying anything negative. I don’t pay attention to it.”
American Cameron Young, who led by two strokes overnight after an eight-under-par 64 on Thursday, did not warm off in his second round until 1:26pm (1226 GMT).
Meanwhile, after sitting at five under overnight, Australia’s Cameron Smith birdied five of his first nine holes on Friday to lead the course at 10-under.
World number one Scottie Scheffler and England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who went out together, moved into eight by the halfway mark.
Masters champion Scheffler recorded a second consecutive 68 while Hatton enjoyed a bogey-free 66 on Friday.
Tears for Tiger
Woods in 2005 was the last player to win the Masters and British Open in the same year.
It was the year of his second Open win in St Andrews and the 46-year-old was determined to be present this week as he recovers from serious leg injuries suffered in a car crash last year.
However, he shot a six-over-par 78 in a dismal first round that began entering the Swailcan Burn at the first hole.
His 75 on Friday, featuring a double-bogey at the 16th, improved representation, but at nine-over he will not be returning to the weekend, and maybe not to another Open here.
Woods captured the emotion, and appeared to be in tears as he applauded the crowd as he walked up the 18th fairway.
“I’m very fortunate and fortunate to win this twice here, and it felt very emotional, just because I don’t know what my health is going to be,” Woods said.
“I think I’ll be able to play British Opens in the future, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to play that long (until he comes back here).
‘catch a lot of flak’
Johnson wasn’t the only player in the LIV series to make an impact on Friday.
Talor Gooch, who shot 69 to move to seven under overall, was level with Australian former Masters champion Adam Scott and Patrick Cantlay.
“There’s been a lot of hype about what we’ve done here lately,” said American Gooch when asked about the performance of his fellow LIV players.
“I think one thing that cannot be questioned is the quality of the players there.”
Playing with Johnson, Scott shot an impressive second round 65, the lowest round so far on a day that started wet and overcast before the skies cleared in the late morning.
There are 24 players from the LIV league in St Andrews this week, and the world’s oldest golf competition has been overshadowed by the new tour, which R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has accused of being “completely driven by money”.
LIV offers $25 million in prize money for each 54-hole event, compared to $14 million in prize money for this week’s Open.
Rory McIlroy, who entered the week as the favorite, sat in second place overnight after an opening 66.
The Northern Irishman, the 2014 Hoylake Open champion, began his second round at 2:59pm (1359 GMT) on Friday.
US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, playing with Woods, shot 66 to move to six under par.
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