Louis Oosthuizen has, unfortunately, become synonymous with near misses at major championships over the course of his career. The 2010 Open champion has six runner-up finishes since cradling that Claret Jug over a decade ago, so his contention at the 149th Open Championship at Royal St. George’s is no surprise.
What perhaps is a surprise, though, is that he’s only held the 36-hole outright lead at a major one other time: that 2010 Open at St. Andrews.
After shooting a 65 in Round 2 on Friday to follow his opening-round 64, Oosthuizen reset the Open 36-hole scoring record at 129. His 11-under mark leads Collin Morikawa by two and Jordan Spieth by three.
Oosthuizen ended his day only one stroke away from tying the all-time 36-hole scoring mark at any major, which was set by Brooks Koepka at 128 at the 2019 PGA…