Quick Bit: After a record-setting first two rounds, Smith is well on his way to challenging Woods’ record.
Cameron Smith took the second round at St. Andrews by storm with a historic performance.
The Australian golfer shot 8 under to take sole possession of the lead with a total score of 13 under through the first two holes in the 2022 Open Championship.
According to the PGA Tour, his score of 131 is the fourth-lowest through the first 36 holes in the history of the Open Championship.
On top of that, his 13 under score through the first 36 was the best score posted in an Open at St. Andrews, according to PGA of Australia.
Smith’s red-hot start at St. Andrews puts him in range to take down several targets by the end at the Old Course. What records is he chasing? The Sporting News takes a look.
Course record in Open Championship
To date, the Open Championship has been held at the Old Course at St. Andrews 30 times.
Over the past 29 editions of the tournament, Tiger Woods’ performance in the 2000 Open Championship has been the most historic, with Woods shooting 269 to finish 19 under in his victory. Since the Open expanded to four rounds, that is the lowest score anyone has posted at St. Andrews.
During Woods’ first two rounds in 2000, he shot 67 and 66. Smith, by comparison, has shot 67 and 64. For Smith to break Woods’ record, he would have go to 7 under during the next two days.
The Open final score record
For several years, Woods held the record at the Open for the best final score with his 19 under performance. However, that has since been surpassed.
In 2016, Henrik Stenson, at the Royal Troon, finished his win by shooting 20 under par. Not only did he break the record for best score to par, but with a score of 264, it was the lowest score ever at the British Open, breaking Greg Norman’s record of 267 in his 1993 victory.
Smith is currently on pace to break both records after he went 13 under at 131 during his first two rounds. To break the par record, he would need to shoot at least 8 under the rest of the tournament. To break the final score record, he would have to go at least 132 (averaging a score of 66 per round).
Smith has shot well during the first two rounds at the Open, but he is still off from the records for a single-round.
During the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Ross Fisher set the single-round record for the lowest score at St. Andrews with a score of 61.
That same year, Branden Grace set the Open Championship record when he shot 62 for the round, the first time anyone in a major has gone under 63.
Prior to that, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and others held the record of lowest score with 63.
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