The second day of the 2023 British Open is being played. With Brian Harman, the player has set himself apart from the rest of the court early on. The American scored six under par and countless birdies, starting the moving day with a five-stroke margin.
The morning round news of the 2023 British Open
Tommy Fleetwood took a long time to find his game on the second day. Riding on the front nine, he initially lost to leader Harman by ten strokes under par, then Fleetwood holed a three birdie on the back nine and proved his previously lauded power on the greens. But with two more bogeys, the “local hero” still made a lot of mistakes and finished the day 71 strokes high, five strokes behind the leader.
British Open 2023: Sepp Straka on Mad Bird
After one of the best laps of the day, Sepp Straka’s goal of the nine seemed less likely. The Austrian went to the back nine of Royal Liverpool Golf Club with two birdies, a double bogey and one bogey each. After Barcin, a real birdie firework erupted from the two-time PGA Tour winner. He holed six consecutive shots, and was only cut by a bogey on the 16th hole. In doing so, Sepp Straka not only achieved the second-best round of the day with 67 strokes, but also finished a sole third on the leaderboard.
Sepp Straka is very satisfied with his performance after the Tour. “You have to give yourself chances and it’s not easy to take,” he explains. “Also the racket was hot so it was a good combination.” He states that haircuts were also appropriate today. In the post-tour interview, he went on to report on the difficulties and highlights of his incredible tour of the 67.
Marcel Syme remains in the top 30 at the British Open
After the early birdie in lane 4, Marcel Sim missed a few chances on the greens. On the back of the nine he had to kiss two ghosts in a row. As the crowning glory of the second day, Sim holed the 18th hole for birdie. The German had to play par 5 and put the field from the green a meter away. His short putt works and finishes the day on a par. He works his way up the leaderboard by seven and starts the 2023 British Open weekend in the top 25.
After the Tour, Marcel Sim is much happier than he was on day one, but he still sees some points of improvement on the weekend in Liverpool. “I didn’t dig anything. I played really good golf for two days and was really good strategically.” Marcel Sim reveals his plan for the weekend in an interview. “The match is very, very good and I’m glad I’ve found my momentum again. Unfortunately the last three weeks haven’t been as good for the long game. Now let’s hope we can get the bat working at the end of the week and then we’ll see.”
Some big names fail to make the cut
Justin Thomas knew after the first day that the cut was going to be a challenge. But with another round above par, the main winner obviously falls short and has to pack his bags. In addition to him, Colin Morikawa (+4), Tony Finau (+6), Justin Rose (+6) and Phil Mickelson (+9) have to compete.
On the other hand, the defending champ surprisingly arrived at the weekend. He needed a birdie to bowl the 18th tee and showed nerves of steel. His second putt went inches from the hole and the eagle’s short putt landed safely.
From a German point of view, junior Open juniors Yannik Paul and Tiger Christensen are clearly missing the cut. Yannik Paul improved by a round 70 (-1) by six strokes over his round 1. However, an overall performance of five strokes above par is not enough to cut.
Christensen could also improve on the day before, but with an overall performance of nine strokes above par, he still failed to cut +3 on his open debut.
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