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Saudi LIV Golf rebel Dustin Johnson leads The Open after impressing at St Andrews

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Saudi LIV Golf rebel Dustin Johnson leads The Open after impressing on second day of motion at St Andrews… with England’s Tyrrell Hatton only one shot off the lead

  • Saudi LIV Golf rebel Dustin Johnson leads The Open after motion on day two 
  • England’s Tyrrell Hatton is only one shot off the lead after hitting 66  
  • Golfers who joined Saudi LIV series say they’ve ‘caught quite a lot of flack’ recently
  • Talor Gooch says those golfers have ‘banded together’ amid LIV criticisms 

Saudi LIV Golf rebel Dustin Johnson leads The Open after impressing on second day of motion at St Andrews.

The American now leads the pack after Cameron Young had held the lead on the primary day, but Johnson has dethroned him after hitting 67 in Round 2.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton is only one shot off the lead after hitting one lower than Johnson, following his rating of 70 from the primary day.

Saudi LIV Golf rebel Dustin Johnson leads The Open after the motion at St Andrews

Talking to BBC Radio Five Live, Johnson said: ‘I’ve played really solid on the primary two days. Hit quite a lot of really good shots and just played nicely.

‘Pin positions were tough – hard to get when you desired to get near it. Playing out of the rough was difficult and I feel I did a very good job.’

‘I might imagine probably 12 under can be the lead after day. I’m in spot heading into the weekend.’

In June, it was confirmed that The Open would allow any qualified players to feature in Fife, even in the event that they had defected to hitch the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Johnson birdied three of his last five holes to take charge of the championship

Johnson birdied three of his last five holes to take charge of the championship 

Lower than half of those that switched to the LIV are in the highest 50 world rankings – nevertheless there are a lot of elite players who’re included, similar to Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.

American Talor Gooch even claimed LIV golf rebels have been banded together by the stick they’ve received after joining the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.

Gooch said: ‘I feel there’s some strong players, little doubt. The credentials of everyone speaks for themselves. It’s obviously cool for me to see other guys which are on the market playing well. We have caught quite a lot of flack for what we have done here recently.

‘I feel one thing that can not be questioned is the standard of players which are there. Have we been galvanised in any respect at among the things which have been said this week by the R&A? Yeah, of course. Everybody, it looks like, is against us, and that is okay. It’s banded us together, I feel.’

Talor Gooch claims LIV golf rebels have been banded together by the stick they've received

Talor Gooch claims LIV golf rebels have been banded together by the stick they’ve received

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