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After day two of the Scottish Open, a familiar face sits on top of the leaderboard. World number three, and Britain’s finest, Rory McIlroy followed up his opening effort of 64 on day one with an impressive 66 and has a one-shot lead over the rest of the field heading into the weekend at The Renaissance Club.
Day two of any PGA Tour event also brings with it the cut line. Only the top 65 players (including ties) are eligible to continue playing at the weekend and some huge names have missed out this weekend, which isn’t exactly ideal with the fourth and final major of the season, The Open Championship, coming up next week at Royal Liverpool.
Scottish Open 2023 Leaderboard
Rory McIlroy (NIR)
Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)
Tom Kim (KOR)
Byeong Hun An (KOR)
Sam Burns (USA)
Brian Harman (USA)
Padraig Harrington (IRE)
Scottie Scheffler (USA)
Nicolai Hojgaard (DEN)
Max Homa (USA)
Rickie Fowler (USA)
Round two highlights
McIlroy takes charge
As conditions worsened on day two, Rory McIlroy only seemed to get better from tee to green. The Northern Irishman may have ended up posting a higher score than he did on day one in North Berwick, but his ball striking on day two was as good as it has been all season.
The world number three is chasing his first win since January, when he came out victorious at the Dubai Desert Classic, and has put himself in a great position going into the weekend. It is the fifth time in his PGA Tour career that he has opened up at a tournament with two rounds of 66 or lower and on each of those occasions he has finished no lower than second at the end of the week.
In truth, he may be disappointed that he isn’t further ahead at the top of the leaderboard considering the amount of birdie putts he had on day two. Afterwards, he said that he felt like 66 was the worst score he could have scored given how he played which bodes well for the weekend.
Rory McIlroy missed putts today from:
and still currently leads the tournament.
Has the ball on a string tee to green.
— Jamie Weir (@jamiecweir) July 14, 2023
Hatton goes on a run
One of the streakiest players on the PGA Tour, Tyrrell Hatton, went on another one of his famous runs on Sunday and carded an eight-under-par round of 62 to catapult himself up the leaderboard. Hatton scored six birdies on a ten-hole stretch from 9-18 and he could have had a share of the lead had he not scored a bogey on the par-three 12th.
While Hatton has been known to go on similar streaky runs in the past, consistency has often blighted his game hence why he has only ever won one tournament on the PGA Tour. If the 31-year-old can find more streaky runs over the weekend, though, then he could prove to be too hot to handle for the rest of the players in contention.
Scheffler moves into contention
Another week on the PGA Tour and another good performance from Scottie Scheffler. The world number one’s consistency is getting to freakish levels in terms of his high performance with his obscene run of top 12 finishes set to continue once again in Scotlands – Scheffler hasn’t finished lower than 12th in any event since October, a run that is nearing 19 events.
He opened up in Scotland with a solid-enough round of 68 but went up a gear on Friday to post a 65. It has left him on -7 for the week, three shots adrift of McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard. Should both men perform well on Saturday then we could have a mouthwatering finale between two of the world’s top three.
Big names miss the cut
After the second round at the Scottish Open, the cut line was set a -2 which meant a whole host of world stars won’t be playing at the The Renaissance Club this weekend. Some of the most notable names to miss the cut include Jordan Spieth, who finished his two rounds one over par, Matt Fitzpatrick, who was also one over, and Patrick Cantlay, who missed out by narrowest of margins on -1.
All three men will be teeing it up at Royal Liverpool on Thursday so will be heading to the practice range over the weekend instead to give themselves the best possible chance heading into the final major tournament of the season.
Scottish Open 2023 updated odds
- Rory McIlroy – 9/4
- Tyrrell Hatton – 9/2
- Scottie Scheffler – 6/1
- Tom Kim – 10/1
- Sam Burns – 14/1
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