The 149th Open - Second Round Coverage
COURSE: Royal St. George’s Golf Club (Sandwich, Kent, England)
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $6,200,000 /$1,116,000
FEDEx CUP Points Total/Winner: 23,379/600
SOCIAL MEDIA: #PGATour #FedExCup @TheOpen
PGA TOUR SITE: (The Open)
TV COVERAGE: Friday, July 16: From 4:00am to 3:00pm (EDT) on Golf Channel. *(See additional Peacock Channel coverage listed below).
On Saturday, July 17, Round 3 coverage 5:00am to 7:00am (EDT) on Golf Channel. NBC takes over from 7:00am to 3:00pm (EDT). On Sunday, July 18: Golf Channel opens final round coverage 4:00am to 7:00am (EDT) and NBC wraps it up from 7:00am to 2:00pm (EDT).
STREAMING: Streaming coverage with OTT Peacock Channel promoting its premium (Pay Wall) service and its connection to NBC Sports/Golf Channel. On Friday, Peacock will cover The Open from 1:30am (EDT) to 4am (EDT) and from 3:00pm to 4pm (EDT).
The OPEN RADIO COVERAGE: Due to rights restrictions, The Open will not be online via PGATour.com. SiriusXM Radio will have live radio calls at The Open with Friday coverage at 2:00am (EDT) to completion of play. Weekend coverage on Sirius XM Radio begins at 4:00am (EDT) until conclusion. The Open Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92)
How to Watch: In case of changes, see: (PGATourCom)
*For Information on the Barbasol, please visit HERE
The Open: Round Two Notebook
The 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen opened with 64, his career-low score in a major and the lowest score by any player in a major during the 2020-21 season. Oosthuizen, who co-led after the first round of the 2021 U.S. Open, became the first player to hold at least a share of the 18-hole lead in consecutive majors since Brooks Koepka at the 2019 Masters and PGA Championship.
Oosthuizen became the 10th player to record a first-round score of (64) or better at The Open Championship and first since Phil Mickelson in 2016. Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrew’s.
Jordan Spieth recorded his third career first-round score of (65) or better in a major championship. Spieth won both times in those previous majors, the 2015 Masters and 2017 Open Championship.
Defending champion Shane Lowry stands T-74 after an opening 1-over (71). Lowry won The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 2019 and the tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tournament Tee Times start Friday at 1:35am (EDT)/6:35am (local) through 11:16 (EDT)/4:16pm (local).
Weather: Friday’s forecast in Sandwich, Kent, England is for mostly cloudy skies, turning to sunny skies in the late afternoon. Temperatures 57-65-degrees (F), but humidity in the mid-80s. There’s a 10-14% chance of rain. Winds 7-10 mph.
PGATourBrunch will post at 9:00pm (EDT) on Friday in advance of Round 3.
Next Week: The 3M Open (Blaine, Minnesota)
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The Open Leaderboard After 18 Holes
Louis Oosthuizen 64 (-6)
Jordan Spieth 65 (-5)
Brian Harman 65 (-5)
Mackenzie Hughes 66 (-4)
Dylan Frittelli 66 (-4)
Stewart Cink 66 (-4)
Benjamin Hebert 66 (-4)
Webb Simpson 66 (-4)
Full Leaderboard (link)
What They’re Saying:
Oosthuizen Leads Open After Round One (PGATourCom)
Welcome to a Kindler, Gentler St. George’s and The Open (ESPN)
Confident Spieth Sends Warning (PGATourCom)
Big Names Bitten by Royal St. George’s (PGATourCom)
Bryson DeChambeau “Driver Sucks” (Golf Channel)
Cobra Golf Rep Defends Product Line (ESPN)
How to Watch This Week (Golf Week/USA Today)
On This Day in Golf History:
July 16, 1983 - Hale Irwin performed a “whiff” on a two-inch par putt on the 14th hole of the third round at The Open at Royal Birkdale. Immediately after missing a 12-foot birdie putt, an upset Irwin attempted to backhand the tap-in and missed the ball completely, taking a bogey. The next day, Irwin shot a final round (67) but lost by one stroke to Tom Watson. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
“Putting is such sweet sorrow …”
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