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Cameron Smith is the best of Australia’s best at the British Open as he prepares for a “pretty brutal” weekend at St Andrews after an impressive second round of 64 on Friday.

Smith followed up his opening 67 on the Old Course with a flawless eight-under second round on Friday to move to 13 over and take a two-shot lead over Cameron Young.

The pair will be drawn in the final group in Saturday’s third round.

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“It should be good. “I think it’s obviously going to be a little bit tougher again tomorrow afternoon, just like the first day, I’d say,” Smith said after the second round, which featured six birdies and an eagle on the 14th.

While most of the focus has been on Smith, who finished 10th at the Scottish Open in North Berwick last week, there are plenty of other Australians near the top.

It’s not just the Aussies who can tackle the Claret Jug heading into the weekend.

Former Masters Champion Adam Scott After shooting the day’s second-lowest score of 65, he is tied for eighth at seven-under par, still bidding to end a decade-long Open Curse.

Adam Scott is in eighth place.  (Photo by Harry Howe/Getty Images)
Adam Scott is in eighth place. (Photo by Harry Howe/Getty Images)Source Fate-Getty Images

It’s an impressive feat for Scott, who was four-over-par through six holes in a grueling opening round on Thursday.

“You don’t need a lot of extra motivation at the Open Championship, but when I think about putting someone in my hands, it hurts,” Scott said.

“And it would be fun if I shoot a really good round to win tomorrow in a legitimate sense that I’m in contention.

“Not only have I not been in a major for a while, but I would love and want to have one hand on this pot. Wear two.

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Min Woo Lee And Lucas Herbert. Both are under six.

“I think I’m always a good player in difficult situations. Smith, who finished second behind Dustin Johnson at the 2020 Masters, said I think most Australians do for a reason.

“I think we’ve all grown up to be good golfers, sometimes we get away from the pin, and that really serves us well in the big tournaments and when the conditions are tough.”

He added: “It’s exciting to lead the Open after a few days. I think tomorrow that experience will be great.

“There are a lot of Aussies in the crowd, it seems. I’ve had so much support in the first couple of days and can’t wait for the next couple.

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elsewhere, Brad Kennedy Under four and in the 25th share Anthony Quayle And Jason Scrivener (two and one below) also made the cut.

Marc Leishman had bad news. At the beginning of this month He had “unfinished business” at the Open in 2015, falling short.

Scott lost a three-man playoff on that occasion, but his fairy tale could not end this time. Demi Papadatos, Jade Morgan And Matt Griffin He also missed it.

AUSSIE WRAP: British Open second round

Cameron Smith – Leader

Adam Scott – T8th

Min Woo Lee – T12th

Lucas Herbert – T12th

Brad Kennedy – T25th

Anthony Quayle – T55th

Jason Scrivener – T55th

Matthew Griffin – T98th (missed cut)

Marc Leishman – T134th (missed cut)

Dimi Papadato – T141st (missed cut)

Jade Morgan – T152nd (Missed Cut)

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