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After a low-scoring day on Friday at LIV Golf Invitational London, Cameron Smith had a one-shot lead over teammate and fellow countryman Marc Leishman. On day two at Centurion Club the two Australians have retained their place at the top of the London leaderboard after another solid 18 holes from the pair.
The rest of the leaderboard is also taking shape with several players now in contention for the tournament victory. In relation to the team standings, the Ripper lead at the top of the leaderboard has been reduced to just one shot which means everything is still to play for ahead of the final round of Golf tomorrow.
|1||Cameron Smith (AUS)||-12 (67)|
|T-2||Marc Leishman (AUS)||-9 (69)|
|T-2||Thomas Pieters (BEL)||-9 (67)|
|T-2||Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)||-9 (63)|
|5||Patrick Reed (USA)||-8 (64)|
|6||Henrik Stenson (SWE)||-7 (66)|
|T-7||Dustin Johnson (USA)||-6 (65)|
LIV London round two highlights
Smith extends his lead
The star of the show on day two at Centurion Club was once again Cameron Smith who followed up his opening effort of 63 with a solid-enough 67. Although he didn’t perform to the same exhilarating level that he showed on Friday, it was enough for him to move three shots clear at the top of the leaderboard with those around him struggling on day two.
Smith also got off to a ropey start himself – the Australian carded a bogey on the very first hole and although he bounced back with a birdie on the second, he found himself one-over for his round after five holes following another bogey on the par-four fourth. Luckily for Smith, he then kicked into gear and didn’t drop another shot for the remainder of his round to put himself in a great position going into Sunday.
Smith has yet to get a win this season but with his Open Championship defence right around the corner, there would be no better time to get one.
— Ripper GC (@rippergc_) July 8, 2023
Louis goes low
Although Smith’s performance was the most impressive given the context and pressures of being the leader, Louis Oosthuizen posted the lowest score of the day with an eight-under-par 63. The South African has a couple of top-ten finishes on the LIV Tour this season and he looks in good shape for another here in London.
Although his 63 was mightily impressive, Oosthuizen would be forgiven for thinking that it perhaps could have been even more. He found six birdies and an eagle across his first eleven holes which put the possibility of a sub-60 round well on the cards. Unfortunately, a few poor putts across his final seven holes let him down but he can still be delighted with how he played on Saturday.
Pieters finally shows up
When Thomas Pieters announced that he would be leaving the PGA Tour to join the LIV Golf Series and the start of this season, many people were expecting the Belgian to instantly become a threat at each event. Unfortunately for him, things haven’t quite panned out that way, and going into this weekend the highest he has finished at a LIV tournament was 17th.
After two rounds in London, however, Pieters is not only on course to comfortably better that position but he is also in contention for the top prize. What was most impressive about his round on Saturday was the fact that he had to rally from a nightmare double-bogey start on the first hole. A string of four birdies and an eagle over holes 8-15 really brought him back into contention, though, and he will be part of the final group on Sunday.
Stingers close the gap
After the first day at LIV London, it looked as if Ripper GC were going to run away with the team event this weekend but they have been pegged back on day two. The all-Australian outfit are still on top, thanks in large to Leishman and Smith but Matt Jones also chipped in with an excellent 67 on Friday to keep Stinger GC at bay.
Stingers, a team of four South Africans, bridged the gap on Friday thanks to Louis Oosthuizen’s 63, Charl Schwartzel’s 66, and Dean Burmester’s 67. Going into day three, Stingers will be hoping that Oosthuizen is in an inspired mood once again as they go looking for their second win of the season.
LIV London updated odds
- Cameron Smith – 4/9
- Louis Oosthuizen – 15/2
- Marc Leishman – 10/1
- Thomas Pieters – 10/1
- Patrick Reed – 16/1
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