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But Rory McIlroy is still in the hunt after finishing with a 68 to sit three behind Smith on -10 at the Old Course.
Overnight leader Cameron Young is on -11, but Aussie Smith is already at -13, a score that would win him 10 of the 15 Open Championships that have ever been held at St Andrews.
Competition comes in the shame of world number one Scottie Scheffler and Briton Tyrrell Hatton.
Relive all the action from St Andrews as it happened, including scores, second-round leaderboard and reaction:
The Open 2022: Round 2
Cameron Smith planning Peaky Blinders binge after record-breaking day at Open
Leaderboard: -13 C Smith (F)
-11: C Young (F); -10: McIlroy
-9: Hovland, D Johnson (F), -8: S Scheffler (F), T Hatton (F)
-7: T Gooch (F), A Scott (F), P Cantlay (F), S Theegala (F)
Selected others: -6 M Fitzpatrick; -5 X Schauffele; -4 J Spieth, J Rahm, W Zalatoris; -3 I Poulter, T Fleetwood; -2 J Thomas; -1 B DeChambeau
The Open 2022: Rory McIlroy in contention as Cameron Smith leads
Friday 15 July 2022 20:58 , Jack Rathborn
That’s it from us after a thrilling round two at The 150th Open Championship in St Andrews.
Cameron Smith produced fireworks to capture the lead at -13.
Rory McIlroy is right there though, -10, with more big names just a few behind the lead including Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Viktor Hovland.
We’ll have third-round tee times for you shortly and be back again tomorrow for more coverage as we enter moving day, thanks for tuning in and good night.
Justin Thomas and Shane Lowry share joke
Friday 15 July 2022 20:55 , Jack Rathborn
Some good banter between Justin Thomas and Shane Lowry on 18.
JT’s drive provokes a comment: “Most improved!”
The American laughs and replies to Lowry: “Shut the f*** up”.
Rory McIlroy settles for par on 18, shoots 68 to trail by three
Friday 15 July 2022 20:40 , Jack Rathborn
It’s only par on the last for McIlroy, he posts 68, a very solid second round to back up his first round of 66.
He trails Smith by three and Young by one.
Justin Thomas crushes his drive on 18, it’s 329 yards and 21 yards to the pin left. A chance to end on a high and move to -3 with a birdie.
Cameron Smith planning Peaky Blinders binge after record-breaking day at Open
Friday 15 July 2022 20:33 , Jack Rathborn
The Australian shot an eight-under-par second-round 64 at St Andrews to reach the halfway point of the final major of the year on 13 under.
His 36-hole aggregate of 131 was a new record for an Open at the Home of Golf.
Smith has relaxed away from the Old Course this week by watching episodes of the hit British gangster drama and, with a late start now guaranteed on Saturday, he sees no reason to change.
“I’m watching Peaky Blinders at the moment,” said the 28-year-old, whose round included six birdies and an eagle at the par-five 14th.
Xander Schauffele shoots 70 to sit at -5
Friday 15 July 2022 20:31 , Jack Rathborn
Just McIlroy (-10) and Hovland (-9) to consider in relation to the overall top of the leaderboard with both to complete 18.
The next closest to the lead and still out on the course is Schauffele, who makes birdie at the last to get to -5 and shoot 70.
Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris hit by untimely bogeys
Friday 15 July 2022 20:27 , Jack Rathborn
Setbacks for both Will Zalatoris (-3) and Justin Thomas (-2) with bogeys at 14 and 15 respectively.
They’ve battled hard after tough starts on Thursday, but not only do they both make the weekend, but a big push tomorrow might catapult them into contention Sunday.
Sure, it’ll take two very low rounds, but they remain alive.
The Open: Rory McIlroy eyes strong finish on 18
Friday 15 July 2022 20:22 , Jack Rathborn
The Open: Birdie for McIlroy at 17!
Friday 15 July 2022 20:13 , Jamie Braidwood
McIlroy’s drive down 17 hugs the left edge of the fairway, fading slightly into the rough. But the approach is beautiful.
It sets up birdie chance, downhill and from 20 feet.
AND IT’S IN! What a three for McIlroy! He’s back to -10!
The Open: Rory McIlroy on the road hole
Friday 15 July 2022 19:56 , Jamie Braidwood
McIlroy steadies with par at the 16th, leaving his putt short. Now onto the road hole and one final test... Hovland, meanwhile, is behind him and hunting down Cameron Smith’s lead.
The Open: EAGLE for Hovland!
Friday 15 July 2022 19:49 , Jamie Braidwood
EAGLE FOR HOVLAND!
Unreal! The Norwegian holes out from the fairway at the 15th! His approach hit the front of the green and skipped into the hole!
He jumps to -9! Straight into a tie for third.
The Open: Birdies for Hovland, Thomas
Friday 15 July 2022 19:46 , Jamie Braidwood
Better news though for Viktor Hovland, who gets back to -7 with a birdie at the par-5 14th.
The Open: Bogey for McIlroy at 15
Friday 15 July 2022 19:35 , Jamie Braidwood
The drive from McIlroy was indeed ok, even if it was pushed far right and landed in the thick grass. The lie was decent, though, and McIlroy could lift it out onto the green.
It just runs and runs, though, setting up a long two-putt for his par.
What. An. Effort. From maybe 60 or 70 feet, maybe more, McIlroy rolls it to within just a couple.
Oh no! The par putt from McIlroy misses! He drops back to -9.
The Open: Par for McIlroy at 14
Friday 15 July 2022 19:25 , Jamie Braidwood
A par-5 for McIlroy at the 14th, perhaps a missed opportunity after almost reaching the green in two. He came up short, though, which is not where you want to be. It led to a tough putt up on to the top tier, where a further two-putt got him his par.
McIlroy has sent his drive at the 15th to the right - but it looks to be ok.
Will Zalatoris on the charge
Friday 15 July 2022 19:16 , Jack Rathborn
Lee Westwood birdies 15 and hes at -5, a great position for the Briton.
That’s a fine birdie from Zalatoris, he’s at -4 now, what a round, he’s back in contention.
Danny Willett on 18 at -2, he chips to within eight feet, he’ll surely move to -3 soon.
Tony Finau for birdie and moves to -1 after back to back birdies, the projected cut is even.
Justin Thomas makes two birdies in three holes
Friday 15 July 2022 19:05 , Jack Rathborn
McIlory from 27 feet on 13, it burns the cup. He bends back in agony. So close to joining Young on -11.
Justin Thomas (-2) makes birdie on 12, that’s two in three holes, can he finish strong and get back into this?
Shane Lowry (-4) is four-under today, getting some big cheers.
Cameron Young closes to within two of lead with birdie at 18
Friday 15 July 2022 18:59 , Jack Rathborn
McIlroy from 130 yards on 13, he’ll have 20 feet for birdie.
Lowry (-3) still battling away, cosies a wedge to within five feet, he’s on the move.
Hovland (-7) for birdie on 12, but it doesn’t turn back to the right and stays out a few inches left of the hole.
A big putt from Young, birdies the last to move up to -11 and to within two of Smith’s lead.
Rory McIlroy continues to heat up on back nine
Friday 15 July 2022 18:52 , Jack Rathborn
McIlroy in the groove, and gladly swiping driver there, crushes it down the middle.
He’s approaching peak Rory here. What a sight to behold as Friday evening arrives in St Andrews.
Hovland (-7) drops one at 11, he’s back to seven-under.
Rory McIlroy closes gap to leaders
Friday 15 July 2022 18:49 , Jack Rathborn
That is a magnificent eagle attempt from McIlroy, he’ll tap in the birdie and move to 10-under as he strolls to the 13th.
Schauffele, after all that, looks set to make bogey and drop back to four-under.
Three birdies in a row for Rory, if he can extend this late flurry, Smith’s lead may be in touching distance.
Xander Schauffele in big trouble on 12
Friday 15 July 2022 18:36 , Jack Rathborn
Schauffele (-5) has lost his ball in the bush on 12.
This could be very costly for the American, who is just about still in touching distance with the leaders.
Smith sets clubhouse lead at -13
Friday 15 July 2022 18:27 , Tom Kershaw
Smith can’t make a birdie at the last but that’s still an exceptional round of 64 and the Australian is safely in the clubhouse with a handsome lead.
McIlroy birdies 11
Friday 15 July 2022 18:18 , Tom Kershaw
A terrific putt from McIlroy at 11 and that’s back-to-back birdies for the Northern Irishman.
There’s no two-shot swing, though, as Smith holed a fine putt of his own to save par at the Road Hole and all but guarantee himself a blemish-free scorecard.
Smith scrambling for par at 17
Friday 15 July 2022 18:10 , Tom Kershaw
Smith comes up short after hacking out of the rough at the Road Hole and a long putt from the fringe up the slope leaves a nervy putt to avoid a first bogey of the day.
Elsewhere, McIlroy two-putted for a birdie at 10 to go to -8 and will have another great chance for birdie at the par-3 11th after a terrific tee shot.
McIlroy drives 10th green
Friday 15 July 2022 17:59 , Tom Kershaw
McIlroy has just hit a huge drive at the 10th and will have a brilliant chance to make an eagle that would propel him up the leaderboard and really kickstart his round.
Smith has found a spot of bother at the Road Hole, with his drive nestling in some rough down the left.
Phil Mickelson struggling, set to miss the cut
Friday 15 July 2022 17:46 , Jack Rathborn
The problem for the chasing pack is they cannot afford to just make pars and wait for their chances. They have to force the issue, with Smith’s score of -13, he would have won 10/15 Opens held at St Andrews.
Kitiyama bouncing off the wall on the Road Hole, he bumps one off the path to about 10 feet to try save par and get to the 18th at -5.
Mickelson, also on the path, opts to clip a wedge, it race all the way past the pin and off the green. Phil, after a bright start Thursday, is +5.
Rory McIlroy suffers setback with bogey on eight
Friday 15 July 2022 17:37 , Jack Rathborn
That’s a hurtful one, a missed par putt on eight forces Rory back to -7.
He can’t afford many of those, even if it is his first bogey of the day, with Smith in this form.
Schauffele still not out of second gear, but at -5 he’s in position to compete this weekend.
Cam Smith drains eagle to move three clear at top of second round leaderboard
Friday 15 July 2022 17:22 , Jack Rathborn
Wow! Smith is on fire, that’s an eagle on 14 and it rockets him up to -13.
A beautiful long, slinking putt from right to left, it drops to the amazement of his partners Koepka and Power.
Can anybody stop him right now?
Rory McIlroy on the charge
Friday 15 July 2022 17:16 , Jack Rathborn
He’s coming, a birdie at seven and McIlroy is up to -8.
The cheers are growing louder and louder as we approach evening in St Andrews.
Now just three off Cam Smith and one behind Dustin Johnson, the antithesis of the Northern Irishman in golf’s ongoing civil war.
Rory McIlroy heating up to close in on leader Cam Smith
Friday 15 July 2022 17:12 , Jack Rathborn
That is stunning from McIlroy, another birdie surely on the cards at seven.
Schaffele, too, in with a fine shout at birdie as this group starts to heat up as we approach the turn.
Justin Thomas (-1) sees his birdie shot just miss, it never comes back after starting a ball’s width right of the cup.
Kaewkanjana birdies the last to get up to -6, exellent work that.
Justin Thomas secures eagle at five to get into the red
Friday 15 July 2022 17:06 , Jack Rathborn
Magic rom Kitayama on 15, he’s got five feet to jump into a tie for 11th.
Justin Thomas, battling at -1, has flighted a beautiful iron shot in at six and could yet add a birdie to the fabulous eagle at the last. Is he too far back?
Cam Smith, meanwhile, bombs a drive down 14, another chance for him to extend his lead surely awaits.
Rory McIlroy moves to -7
Friday 15 July 2022 16:43 , Jack Rathborn
And he makes it, birdie at five for the Northern Irishman to get to -7 and within four shots.
Rory McIlroy set to close gap to the top
Friday 15 July 2022 16:36 , Jack Rathborn
McIlroy with 176 yards with his second into the par five fifth, it's a good 20 feet, but he should get moving there and move to -7 soon.
Min Woo Lee back to -6
Friday 15 July 2022 16:33 , Jack Rathborn
Cam Smith just short of the mound on 12 that protects the pin, the weight isn’t quite there and he rolls back about five feet.
Young is within one and a few holes back.
Still nothing from McIlroy, stead, pars on each of his first four holes to stay at -6.
Another Aussie is pushing his name up the leaderboard, after briefly moving back to -5, Min Woo Lee is -6 with two to play.
Cam Smith primed to move to -11
Friday 15 July 2022 16:03 , Jack Rathborn
McIlroy holds an iron to within 20 feet on four to set up another birdie chance.
Smith’s eagle putt is solid, but never threatens the hole.
The Aussie will shortly open up his lead to Young and Johnson to two shots.
Tiger Woods soaks up possible final trip down the 18th at the Old Course in an Open
Friday 15 July 2022 15:59 , Jack Rathborn
Cam Smith continues to light up St Andrews
Friday 15 July 2022 15:54 , Jack Rathborn
Cam Smith bombs it onto the 372-yard par four 10th.
He’ll have a monster putt for eagle, but the Aussie is dangerously close to breaking this championship open.
Two putts for a two-shot lead.
Rory McIlroy looking to keep pace with red-hot Cam Smith
Friday 15 July 2022 15:45 , Jack Rathborn
A gorgous approach from McIlroy on three, he’s got just over 10 feet for birdie and to move to -7.
He needs to start moving with Cam Smith at -10 already and about to make the turn.
Tiger Woods’ immediate reaction
Friday 15 July 2022 15:35 , Luke Baker
Tiger Woods spoke to Sky Sports immediately after his round and here’s what he had to say. He was clearly still emotional after that incredible reception walking up 18.
“My two days’ play - I made my share of mistakes. I struggled again today to get a feel of the greens. I was leaving putts short, the same as yesterday.
“I hit a couple of poor shots, ended up in bad spots. I never got anything going. I needed a low one and I didn't do that, so I'm not around at the weekend
“[The reception on 18] was very emotional for me. I've been coming here since 1995. The next Open here might not be until 2030 - and I don't know if I'll be able to physically play then. It might be my last Open at St Andrews. The fans’ ovation and the warmth I felt was an unbelievable feeling.
“I've seen what Jack [Nicklaus] went through in past and I felt that at the end. The collective understanding from the fans, what golf is about and what it takes to be an Open champion was amazing.
“I've been lucky enough to win twice here and it felt very emotional because I don't know what my health is going to be like when it returns. I will play future Opens but I don't know if it will come back here while I'm still playing.”
Jon Rahm birdies the last to stay in touch
Friday 15 July 2022 15:31 , Jack Rathborn
Jon Rahm with a crucial birdie at 18. It takes him to -4 and still very much in this championship.
Jordan Spieth can’t match the Spaniard, he must settle for a round of 69 and also, like Rahm, four-under for the championship.
Par for Rory McIlroy
Friday 15 July 2022 15:28 , Luke Baker
Par at the 1st for Rory. After a great tee shot, the second isn’t great and gives him a huge putt across the green. It comes up short and leaves him a testing ten-footer. But nerves of steel and he finds the heart of the hole.
Nailed a long one at the 1st yesterday to get his championship going with a birdie and that par save might be as important. Stays at -6.
Friday 15 July 2022 15:27 , Luke Baker
Cameron Smith has been sublime today and he’s showing no sign of slowing down. He’s peppering the flag on every green and slides home another birdie - his fourth of the round at 7. He’s at -9 and in the co-lead with Dustin Johnson and Cameron Young
Even better from fellow Aussie Min Woo Lee! He sinks a lengthy eagle putt at the 12th after hitting the green with his tee shot and he’s up to -6
VIDEO: Tiger Woods takes in the emotional scenes up the 18th
Friday 15 July 2022 15:20 , Luke Baker
Here are the incredibly emotional scenes as Tiger Woods walked up the 18th at St Andrews to rapturous applause and cheers. Tiger was visibly moved by the reception
Spine-tingling scenes as Tiger Woods soaks in the appreciation from the fans at the18th 👏🥺 pic.twitter.com/guLLUGD1Im
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) July 15, 2022
Tiger Woods finishes with a par
Friday 15 July 2022 15:17 , Luke Baker
A slightly disappointing way to finish for Tiger. A devilish putt from off the front of the green but that’s a touch of class - he gets it within six feet. But NO! Misses the birdie putt - would have been his first of the round but it lips out. Such a shame.
It’s a three-over round of 75 to leave him +9 for the tournament. Far from vintage Tiger and the question now, is that the last we’ll see of him?
Young into the co-lead
Friday 15 July 2022 15:12 , Luke Baker
Cameron Young has an eagle look at the par-five 5th but it comes up just short. Still an easy birdie and he’s into the co-lead at -9.
An emotional Tiger
Friday 15 July 2022 15:11 , Luke Baker
Amazing moments for Tiger Woods there. A man who rarely shows emotion on the golf course, clearly overcome by it at that reception up 18 at the Home of Golf
Tears from Tiger up 18
Friday 15 July 2022 15:08 , Luke Baker
A little cut in from the right from Tiger Woods with his tee shot at 18. It cambers up towards the green, stopping just short. Should have a great chance at the up-and-down for birdie to finish his round in style. All eyes on Swilcan Bridge now...
He gets applause as he crosses it but no recognition or indication that this might be the last time. His playing partners drop behind to allow him to have centre stage. The applause turn to cheers as he approaches the green. A raise of the hand and doff of the cap to the crowd.
He looks emotional, rubbing his eyes, potentially a few tears from Tiger. What a lovely moment.
Rory McIlroy underway
Friday 15 July 2022 15:04 , Luke Baker
McIlroy is underway and finds the 1st fairway with his iron. Playing partners Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa do likewise
Smith goes close at the sixth
Friday 15 July 2022 15:00 , Tom Kershaw
Smith has just hit a wonderful approach into the sixth green and will now have a good chance to take a share of Johnson’s lead at -9.
Meanwhile, over at the first, McIlroy is about to get his second round underway. From there, he’ll be able to see Woods on the 18th tee. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of reaction the 46-year-old gives, if any, as he crosses the Swilcan Bridge.
Poulter moves to -5
Friday 15 July 2022 14:46 , Tom Kershaw
Poulter birdies the ninth and he’s now at -5. In other LIV Golf news, Patrick Reed, who is decked out in logos galore this week, has birdied three of his opening six holes and is now at -3.
Fitzpatrick birdies 15 and 16
Friday 15 July 2022 14:41 , Tom Kershaw
Fitzpatrick follows up a birdie at 15 with a huge putt at 16 and the US Open champion is now six under for his round and the tournament.
In the same group, things have gone from bad to worse for Woods. After chipping into the bunker, he can’t get up and down and a double-bogey sees him fall back to +9. Only five players in the field are worse off than that.
Woods dejected on 16
Friday 15 July 2022 14:36 , Tom Kershaw
Woods is cutting a dejected figure out there now and to compound that misery, his chip at 16 has just come up short and rolled back into a steep pot bunker.
It’s better news for fellow American Patrick Cantlay though. He’s just birdied the easy par-5 14th to move to -8.
Daly makes eagle at 5
Friday 15 July 2022 14:31 , Tom Kershaw
John Daly is heading towards the weekend as it stands! The 56-year-old has just eagled the fifth hole to go to -1, with the projected cut still at even par.
Elsewhere, Cameron Young is back to where he started at -8 after a birdie at the fourth cancelled out his bogey at the second.
Westwood makes perfect start
Friday 15 July 2022 14:19 , Tom Kershaw
Westwood makes the perfect start with a birdie at the first and he’s now at -5.
Up ahead, there’s a hat-trick of birdies for the group on 14 featuring Spieth (-5), Rahm (-4) and Varner (-5).
Theegala moves into contention
Friday 15 July 2022 14:14 , Tom Kershaw
Theegala birdies the 12th and is now only three shots off the lead.
Spieth has dropped a shot at 13 and slipped back to -4. Fitzpatrick is also at that mark but a fine approach into 15 has set up a good birdie chance for the US Open champion.
McIlroy faces fierce competition at top of leaderboard
Friday 15 July 2022 14:11 , Tom Kershaw
There are still 50 minutes until Rory McIlroy tees off but he’s seen a host of major names join him at the top of the leaderboard. The Northern Irishman will get underway at 2.59pm alongside defending champion Collin Morikawa (E) and Xander Schauffele (-3).
The Open 2022: Jordan Spieth in trouble on 13
Friday 15 July 2022 13:47 , Jack Rathborn
Trouble looming for Jordan Spieth (-5) on the 13th, he flirts with one bunker before finding another. That’s a tough out.
Rahm (-3) on the flat stuff though.
Tiger (+7) into the whispy rough out left on 15, which reduces his chance of a birdie on this par five.
Cam Smith is on fire, what a start: birdie, birdie, birdie. Now tied for second on -8.
Rory McIlroy fractures fan’s hand with wayward drive at the Open
Friday 15 July 2022 13:38 , Jack Rathborn
McIlroy produced an impressive round of 66 to leave him two off the overnight leader Cameron Young, but one tee shot on Thursday morning missed its mark and struck an oblivious fan.
Charlie Kane, who works for the PGA Tour running its social media channels, tweeted his injuries after a visit to St Andrews Community Hospital that afternoon, revealing a severely bruised and swollen hand.
The Open 2022: Dustin Johnson reflects on taking lead at St Andrews
Friday 15 July 2022 13:33 , Jack Rathborn
“I don't even remember the third round from seven years ago, I've played a lot of golf since.
“Every time you play a major, you learn something about yourself. That was a while ago, I don’t remember it. I don’t want to go back to it.
“I really like the golf course when it plays firm and fast. Where you want to pitch it and where you want it to stop.
“Probably be a couple back by the end of the day.”
The Open 2022
Friday 15 July 2022 13:28 , Jack Rathborn
As you were after the 11th for Spieth (-5), Rahm (-3) and Varner III (-3). This group ticking over nicely and have a chance to get close to Johnson as they close this second round out.
The Open 2022: Theegala delivers eagle on nine to jump up leaderboard
Friday 15 July 2022 13:14 , Jack Rathborn
EAGLE! Theegala to -5, big momentum at nine as he makes the turn.
The Open 2022: Dustin Johnson sets pace in second round at St Andrews
Friday 15 July 2022 13:11 , Jack Rathborn
The Open 2022: Dustin Johnson the new leader at -9
Friday 15 July 2022 13:06 , Jack Rathborn
DJ, on 18, drains it for birdie from 10 feet, he’s up to -9 and a round of 67 to back up his opener in 68.
That’s a real statement from the marquee name for Liv Golf.
Cam Smith (-5) is underway, the Aussie was three back to end yesterday’s play, but finds himself four back after DJ’s late flurry.
Glorious iron shot from Smith, a tidy start.
The Open 2022:
Friday 15 July 2022 12:55 , Jack Rathborn
Sergio Garcia can’t make birdie at the last, but it’s a 66, he’s at -3 overall.
Filippo Cerri (a) is at -2, very impressive major so far for the Italian amateur.
Now, Spieth (-4) on the ninth, eager to move to -5, his chip gives him about 10 feet for birdie, not one of his best.
Scheffler (-7) with 15 feet for birdie on 16 soon enough...
The Open 2022: Ian Poulter receives ironic jeers on first tee at St Andrews
Friday 15 July 2022 12:49 , Jack Rathborn
— Tom Kershaw (@trlkershaw) July 15, 2022
The Open 2022: Tiger Woods struggles to make headway in unlikely bid to make cut
Friday 15 July 2022 12:42 , Jack Rathborn
The winner at St Andrews in both 2000 and 2005, Woods struggled to an opening 78 and calculated that he needed a second-round 66 to make the weekend, a score he last achieved in a major in the 2018 US PGA.
A par on the first was a two-shot improvement from Thursday, when his approach had to be played from a fairway divot and plunged into the Swilcan Burn, while a first birdie of the day soon arrived from 28 feet on the third.
However, Woods then three-putted from long range on the fourth and, although his approach to the next finished just a few feet from the flag, it was unfortunately the flag for the 13th hole on the enormous double green.
The Open 2022: DJ joins Young in the lead as Scheffler misses birdie to stay at -7
Friday 15 July 2022 12:33 , Jack Rathborn
Scheffler (-7) having no trouble with the rough on 15, a pure iron shot that trickles over the front bank and into the hollow where the flag is, it's no more than 10 feet for birdie coming up.
Tiger (+6) on nine with a long eagle putt, it’s quite a bit short, but he looks in good spirit despite his troubling predicament with the cut surely gone now.
Hatton (-7) sneaks a putt up and over the mound on the 15th green, not to be for the birdie, but the two-time Dunhill Links champion is right in the mix.
Scheffler’s birdie try trickles right of the hole, but DJ is into a tie for the lead, -8 through 16.
The Open 2022: Poulter on the march
Friday 15 July 2022 12:27 , Jack Rathborn
What a start for Poulter, birdies the first to get to -4 and four back.
Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick (-2) can’t hold the green on the 367-yard par four ninth, he’s 10 feet past the flag off the back. But immense length from the US Open champion.
Scheffler (-7) crushes one down 15, but it sneaks into the whispy rough.
Scott (-6) admiring his approach to 16, it’s a little too hot and races over the mound but avoids the back bunker.
Cantlay is four-under through six and makes it to -6.
The Open 2022: Scheffler with birdie chance to tie for lead
Friday 15 July 2022 12:18 , Jack Rathborn
Ian Poulter begins his second round after a spicy opener that included boos and a 160-feet putt for eagle.
DJ (-7), on 15, within a few feet for par after a long birdie attempt.
Rahm (-2) to 20 feet on eight from 195 yards, he’ll hope to reach the turn within five.
Scheffler (-7) for eagle on 14, races by the flag, but a great opportunity to get it to -8 and a tie for the lead.
Hatton (-6) burns the edge of the hole on 14 for eagle, but he, too, will be just one back soon enough with Scheffler, Gooch and Johnson.
The Open 2022: Talor Gooch to within one of the lead after second round 69
Friday 15 July 2022 12:09 , Jack Rathborn
T2 Talor Gooch -7 (69)
That’s a fine start for Gooch, he birdies 18 and slots in one behind leader Young and tied with Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler.
Meanwhile, Theegala (-4) birdies five to move to within four of the lead.
The Open 2022
Friday 15 July 2022 12:02 , Jack Rathborn
Scoring has been good this morning; Si Woo Kim (-6 and in a tie for fourth) with a 69 and Aaron Wise (-5 and currently in a tie for ninth) with a 67.
But Sergio Garcia is currently heading for a 65 or better, he’s -7 through 15.
Cantlay makes fast start
Friday 15 July 2022 11:57 , Tom Kershaw
Patrick Cantlay has made a fast start this morning. The American has birdied three of his opening five holes to move into the top 10.
Woods bogeys the sixth
Friday 15 July 2022 11:50 , Tom Kershaw
The chances of Tiger Woods making the cut are all but over now as a bogey at the 7th sees the 46-year-old slip back to +7. He’s currently in a tie for 147th place out of a field of 156.
Scheffler pulls to within one of the lead
Friday 15 July 2022 11:43 , Tom Kershaw
Scheffler birdies the 12th now too! The world No 1 is now just one shot off the lead.
Gooch drops shot at 16
Friday 15 July 2022 11:42 , Tom Kershaw
Gooch drops a shot at the 16th after a three-putt and slips back to -6. He’s joined at that mark by world No 1 Scottie Scheffler who’s just birdied the 11th.
Matt Fitzpatrick was two under through his opening four holes. He can’t take advantage of the par-5 5th though after laying up and has to settle for a par.
Garcia in tremendous form
Friday 15 July 2022 11:38 , Tom Kershaw
Garcia has put together a brilliant round so far and a birdie at the par-5 14th has pulled him to within four shots of the lead. The Spaniard started this morning some 11 shots back.
Woods’ own website savages his ‘barely respectable’ performance
Friday 15 July 2022 11:33 , Tom Kershaw
Tiger Woods’ own website condemned his performance in the first round yesterday as “barely respectable” in a brutally honest assessment.
“It started promisingly enough, with Woods flushing a long iron into the center of the expansive first fairway,” it read, “only for his ball to rest in a fresh, sandy divot. Not five minutes later, a proper buzzkill: Woods’ approach one-hopped into the burn guarding the front of the green, he blocked a four-footer for bogey, and this never really happened at all.”
The report went on: “Woods played his first seven holes in six over par to eject himself from relevance in his 22nd Open Championship start and needed to play his final 10 holes in one-under par to salvage a barely respectable six-over 78.”
VIDEO: Tiger makes his first birdie of the round
Friday 15 July 2022 11:25 , Luke Baker
Tiger Woods opened his birdie account at the 3rd with this putt. He gave the shot straight back at the 4th and has just narrowly missed a birdie look a the par-five 5th. Chances slipping away for Tiger and he really needs to take them all to have any chance of miraculously making the cut.
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) July 15, 2022
Scheffler goes back to back
Friday 15 July 2022 11:23 , Luke Baker
The world No 1 is definitely heding in the right direction now! We mentioned his tee shot into the par-three 11th and how few birdies are made a the hole. Well, he is rewarded for sticking it to 15 feet by pouring in the putt. Back-to-back birdies and into a tie for third at -6.
The big guns are circling!
Cantlay and Kim make birdies
Friday 15 July 2022 11:21 , Luke Baker
Great start for Patrick Cantlay as birdies at the 2nd and 3rd move him up to -4 , currently four strokes back, while Si Woo Kim moves even closer to the lead as a bouncing wedge into the 15th sets him up for close-range birdie to climb to -6 for the championship and -3 for his round.
Meanwhile, one of yesterday’s heroes, Robert Dinwiddie, is underway with a par at the 1st. The world No 1779 shockingly shot five-under on day one and finds himself mixing it at the top of the leaderboard.
Gooch moves within one of the lead as Scheffler birdies
Friday 15 July 2022 11:15 , Luke Baker
Birdies coming thick and fast now, as a pair of high-flying Americans both make one. Talor Gooch had an eagle look at the par-five 14th and although that putt didn’t drop, he rolled it in for birdie to move to -7 - just one behind the lead of Cameron Young.
World No 1 Scottie Scheffler is also in the red for his round as a 14-footer sneaks in the side door for birdie. -5 for the championship, now T7. He’s recovered well form an early bogey.
Sccheffler and Tyrrell Hatton then both play beautiful irons into the tricky par-three 11th. Outside looks at birdie, which is all you can ask at 11.
Hatton up to T3 with another birdie
Friday 15 July 2022 11:11 , Luke Baker
Tyrrell Hatton making serious moves. His tee shot at the 10th hole left him with 83 yards into the green and it wasn’t his best wedge, skipping 35 feet past the hole. But he nails the putt, it was racing but bang on line. A fourth birdie in five holes, -4 for his round, -6 for the championship and up to T3 alongside Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.
Adam Scott makes his third birdie in a row - and fifth of the round - to go to -5. He’s surging today.
Fitzpatrick starting to heat up
Friday 15 July 2022 11:06 , Luke Baker
US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick had a fairly run-of-the-mill level-par first round but after birdieing the 2nd, he did likewise on the 4th by holing a 15-foot putt. Two-under for his round and the championship.
Sadly, Tiger Woods couldn’t get up and down to save par from just off the green and makes bogey.
10th hole proving profitable
Friday 15 July 2022 10:57 , Luke Baker
Dustin Johnson does indeed roll in his birdie putt at the 10th to go to -6 and his playing partner Adam Scott also makes birdie - his fourth of the day to go to -4 for the round and the championship.
Meanwhile, one hole back, Tyrrell Hatton drives the 9th green and perfectly judges the pace of a monster eagle putt to cosy up for the birdie. Back-to-back birdies for Hatton, with another chance to come at 10, and he’s into T5 at -5.
Johnson has birdie chance as Harrington drops one
Friday 15 July 2022 10:53 , Luke Baker
Ah, that’s a shame for Padraig Harrington as his par putt lips out at the 4th and he drops back to -4. The two-time Champion Golfer of the Year looks frustrated with that.
Dustin Johnson could be moving in the other direction though - he floats in a precise wedge after a long tee shot down the right and will have fewer than 6 feet for the birdie. Hole it and he’ll move to -6, just two back
VIEDO: Spieth makes stunning birdie
Friday 15 July 2022 10:49 , Luke Baker
Here’s how Jordan Spieth moved to -2 with an absolute belter into the 2nd green. Gorgeous shot
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 15, 2022
Tiger on the birdie prowl
Friday 15 July 2022 10:45 , Luke Baker
THERE WE GO! The Tiger roar from the crowd and a rare smile - a broad grin in fact - from Woods as he pours in a birdie putt at the 3rd. Not many birdies at that hole but a lovely iron shot left him 25 feet for the birdie and it tracks into the hole. He improves to +5 but a long way back to make the cut still.
Scott goes out in 33 as DJ moves up
Friday 15 July 2022 10:43 , Luke Baker
Adam Scott hits the green on the driveable par-four 9th and his eagle putt has a chance but just sidles on by. A kick-in birdie though and he’s at three-under for his round, having gone out in 33, and also -3 for the championship.
Good news on the 9th too for Dustin Johnson, who similarly drove the green and two-putted for birdie. DJ now at -5 and only three shots behind Cameron Young.
Rahm and Spieth birdie second
Friday 15 July 2022 10:37 , Tom Kershaw
Spieth almost holes his approach into the second and that’s the simplest of tap-ins for birdie. The 2017 champion is now -2 for the tournament. Rahm’s fine approach was somewhat overshadowed by that but he only has a short putt for a birdie of his own and rolls it in to move to -1.
Woods pars the second
Friday 15 July 2022 10:32 , Tom Kershaw
Woods found the green and two-putted for par at the second. He then finds the fairway at the shorter third and will look to attack the flag from there. He’s still at +6, some 14 shots off the leader.
Hatton moves to -4
Friday 15 July 2022 10:29 , Tom Kershaw
Tyrrell Hatton has surged into contention with back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7. He’s now at -4 and is joined at that mark by world No 1 Scottie Scheffler, who also birdies the seventh.
Rahm starts with a birdie
Friday 15 July 2022 10:26 , Tom Kershaw
Jon Rahm makes a birdie at the first to get back to even par for the tournament.
On the adjacent fairway, Mark Calcavecchia, the 1989 champion, who was in the first group out this morning, hits his final drive down 18.
The 62-year-old is beyond the age limit of 60 for former champions, but was given an exemption due to suffering from an injury in 2021 and the Open being cancelled in 2020.
Harrington birdies the second
Friday 15 July 2022 10:21 , Tom Kershaw
What a start from Harrington! He birdies the second too and is now -5, just three shots off the lead. The Irishman won the US Senior Open at the end of last month and experience is triumphing over age so far on a cold and wet morning in St Andrews.
Woods starts with a par
Friday 15 July 2022 10:16 , Tom Kershaw
Woods, Fitzpatrick and Homa all start with pars at the first hole. The 46-year-old then finds the fairway with his driver at the second. He needs the birdies to flow fast.
In the group behind, Rahm, Spieth and Varner will all have good birdie chances on the first green.
Garcia makes turn in 32
Friday 15 July 2022 10:14 , Tom Kershaw
Sergio Garcia endured a day to forget yesterday but he’s got off to a flying start in his second round. After driving the ninth green, he holes a long eagle putt and makes the turn in 32. He’s now one-under for the tournament.
Harrington starts with a birdie
Friday 15 July 2022 10:10 , Tom Kershaw
In the group up ahead of Woods’s on the green, Padraig Harrington has just rolled in a birdie to move to -4.
Woods gets underway
Friday 15 July 2022 10:00 , Tom Kershaw
The projected cut currently stands at even par, meaning Tiger Woods will need to shoot a 66 to make it into the weekend. The 46-year-old gets a huge ovation on the first tee and seems to have avoided a fairway divot this time. Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homa follow him.
Kim moves to -5
Friday 15 July 2022 09:57 , Tom Kershaw
Si Woo Kim opened with a birdie but then became stranded in a succession of eight pars. He’s broken that streak with another birdie at the 10th though and is now -5 for the tournament, just three shots off the leader.
Casey on a roll
Friday 15 July 2022 09:48 , Luke Baker
Paul Casey is off to a flyer this morning. Three birdies in his first six holes - including back to back at 5 and 6 - have him at -4 for the tournament, a tie for 6th. currently.
Qualifier Robert Dinwiddie delighted after shooting five-under 67 at the Open
Friday 15 July 2022 09:38 , Luke Baker
English qualifier Robert Dinwiddie could not hide his delight after shooting himself into a tie for third place on the first day at the Open.
The 39-year-old, who has been doing some labouring for a construction firm to help make ends meet over the past two years, carded a five-under-par 67 at St Andrews on Thursday.
That left him level with Australia’s Cameron Smith and three off the lead held by American Cameron Young.
Scheffler and Gooch make pars
Friday 15 July 2022 09:32 , Luke Baker
Scottie Scheffler (-3) holes out for par at the 4th, while Talor Gooch’s monster birdie putt at the 8th doesn’t really bother the hole. A simple par to stay at -6 though.
On to the 5th for the Scheffler-Hatton-Niemann group and Tyrrell opens up by tonking a drive striahgt down the fairway.
The Open 2022: Westwood brushes off Woods criticism
Friday 15 July 2022 09:29 , Tom Kershaw
Lee Westwood hit back at Tiger Woods as the ongoing LIV Golf furore cast a shadow over the start of the Open at St Andrews.
The European Ryder Cup veteran, who became one of the most high-profile defectors to the controversial Saudi-backed circuit last month, also criticised the media for “stoking up” arguments between people on both sides of an increasingly bitter row.
That came after Phil Mickelson, another star LIV signing, showed his frustration with reporters after being asked about his own situation.
Woods said earlier this week that players had “turned their back on what allowed them to get to this position” by signing up to play in LIV’s big-money events.
Asked about the 15-time major winner’s comments, Westwood said: “He’s got a vested interest hasn’t he?
“The LIV players will talk the LIV tour up, the PGA players that aren’t on the LIV tour will talk the PGA Tour up and put down the LIV tour.
“I don’t pay too much attention to people’s opinions. Tiger is entitled to his opinion.”
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