A whiney tiger bows as Johnson takes the lead

Former world number one Dustin Johnson, who recently moved to the breakaway LIV series, hit 67 to capture the club’s lead by nine under par on the second day of the 150th UK Open on Friday, but an emotional Tiger Woods gave in after his struggle continued. on the Old Course.

Johnson, a two-time big winner who left the PGA Tour last month to join the controversial Saudi-backed series, after opening with a four-under-par 68, fell short in the first.

However, the American quickly recovered from this, he no longer had ghosts and six birds, including the last one, which propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

Johnson would hope to avoid a repeat of the last Open at St Andrews in 2015 when he led halfway to 10-under, but a 75th in the third round ended his hopes of winning.

“Honestly, I don’t even remember the third round from seven years ago. I’ve played a lot of golf since then, and that was a long time ago,” he insisted, before stating that he was oblivious to the criticism of the LIV rebels.

“I don’t read anything. So I wouldn’t know what you said or if anything negative was said. I don’t pay attention to it.”

American Cameron Young, who suffered two strokes overnight after losing by eight under 64 points on Thursday, didn’t get the first blow in the second round until late Friday.

Meanwhile, after Australia’s Cameron Smith sat out overnight for five under, he hit five of his first nine holes on Friday to lead the field with 10 under.

World No. 1 Scotty Sheffler and England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who came out together, both dropped eight down halfway through.

Masters champion Scheffler scored his second 68 points in a row, while Hatton scored 66 points on Friday with no bells and whistles.

Tears for the tiger

The last player to win both the Masters and the British Open in the same year was Woods in 2005.

It was the year of his second triumph at the St. Andrews Open and the 46-year-old was determined to be present this week as he recovers from serious leg injuries in a car accident last year.

However, he hit a six-over-par 78 in a dismal first round that started with him hitting the Svilcan Burn on the first hole.

75 on Friday with a double phantom in 16th represented an improvement, but with nine points he won’t be back for the weekend and maybe not another Open here.

The emotion hit Woods, who appeared to be wiping away tears as he greeted the adoring crowd on his 18th fairway walk.

“I’ve been lucky and lucky enough to have won here twice and it’s been very emotional, simply because I just don’t know what my health will be like,” Woods said.

“I feel like I can play in future British Opens but I don’t know if I can play for that long (until) it comes back here.”

“Caught a lot of anti-aircraft guns”

Johnson wasn’t the only LIV player to impress on Friday.

There was also Talor Gooch, who hit 69 and moved seven short of the total, on a par with former Australian Masters champions Adam Scott and Patrick Cantley.

“We’ve received a lot of criticism for what we’ve done here recently,” American Gooch said when asked about the performances of his fellow LIV members.

“I think one thing that can’t be doubted is the quality of the players that are out there.”

Playing Johnson, Scott had a brilliant second round of 65, the lowest score of a day that started out wet and overcast before the skies cleared late in the morning.

With 24 players from the LIV Series set to play at St Andrews this week, the landmark organization of the world’s oldest golf tournament has been somewhat overshadowed by a new tour that R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has criticized for being “completely driven by money”. “. .

The LIV is offering a $25 million prize pool for each 54-hole event, up from $14 million for this week’s Open.

Rory McIlroy, who became the favorite of the week, overnight took second place after the starting 66th.

The Northern Irishman, the 2014 Hoylake Open champion, started his second round at 3:00 p.m. KST on Friday.

U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick scored 66 points against Woods, dropping six short of the overall standings.