Oosthuizen marches on with several firsts at The Open

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Louis Oosthuizen (129) recorded the lowest 36-hole score in The Open Championship history at Royal St George's on Friday. Photo: Golf365.com
Louis Oosthuizen (129) recorded the lowest 36-hole score in The Open Championship history at Royal St George's on Friday. Photo: Golf365.com

Louis Oosthuizen (129) recorded the lowest 36-hole score in The Open Championship history and the second-lowest in Major championship history.

Two of the five 36-hole scores of 131 or better in tournament history have come this week (129/Oosthuizen, 131/Collin Morikawa).

All five of Oosthuizen’s 36-hole leads/co-leads on the PGA Tour have either come in Majors or THE PLAYERS Championship (1-for-4 to date).

Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm, who have combined to win 11 Majors since the start of the 2015 season, all enter the third round within six strokes off the lead.

Winner of the 2010 Open Championship, which was Oosthuizen’s lone PGA Tour title; he also lost in a playoff in 2015.

Sunday will mark exactly 11 years since his win in 2010.

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It will be the longest time between first and second Major championship wins: 11 years, 9 days (Julius Boros, 1952 U.S. Open to 1963 U.S. Open).

The longest time between first and second wins at The Open: 10 years (Ernie Els, 2002 to 2012).

The longest time between wins at The Open: 11 years (Henry Cotton, 1937 to 1948; tournament not played 1940-45).

Oosthuizen finished runner-up at each of the last two Majors (T2/PGA Championship, 2nd/U.S. Open) and has six runner-up finishes in 50 majors in his career (T9 all-time).

He has six top-10s in 16 starts during the 2020-21 season, including three runner-up results (P2/Zurich Classic of New Orleans with partner Charl Schwartzel, T2/PGA Championship, 2nd/U.S. Open).

Morikawa (2nd/-9), the 2020 PGA Championship winner, recorded a second-round 64, his second career score of 64 or better in a Major championship and first since the final round of his victory at the 2020 PGA Championship (64).

He is the only player with multiple scores of 64 or better in Majors since the start of the 2019 season.

He tied the fourth-lowest 36-hole score in the history of The Open Championship.

Making his tournament debut, Morikawa won the PGA Championship in his first appearance (2020); no player has ever won two different Majors in his first attempt.

He is four-time PGA Tour winner (2019 Barracuda Championship, 2020 Workday Charity Open, 2020 PGA Championship, 2021 World Golf Championships-Workday Championship).

Text courtesy: PGA Tour