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The 149th Open Royal St George's

Best Photos from Friday


Nikon Image Gallery

Jonathan Thomson makes a hole in one

Friday at The 149th Open brought us some brilliant scores, and there were some beautiful photos. Explore the Nikon Image Gallery here.

In the morning, a few players shone bright, but none quite as much as Collin Morikawa. The young American talent was seven under through his first 14 holes, and had a chance to break Open Championship records when teeing off on the 16th.

Emiliano Grillo matched Morikawa's eventual 64, but found an interesting bit of road in the midst of his round. Patrick Reed didn't quite have such a good time of it, missing the cut, while Rory McIlroy didn't quite stride back in contention, but will at least be back for the weekend.

The morning wave

The moment of the day no doubt belonged to Jonathan 'Jigger' Thomson. The tall Englishman, who made it through Final Qualifying at Hollinwell, had a superb day to make the cut, but more importantly a hole in one on the 16th gave 'Jigger' a memory he will always cherish, and provided arguably the photo of the Championship to date.

Meanwhile, the afternoon wave of players featured Jordan Spieth, who had an excellent round despite finding a deep bunker on his front nine, and Louis Oosthuizen, who despite needing to grind at the end of his round, was imperious in his 65, leading to a record-breaking total of 129 strokes over the first two days, the lowest in Open history at the halfway mark.