On Friday, Smith produced five birdies on the front nine, before a birdie and an eagle over the final nine holes gave him a two shot advantage, as he looks to add to his Players Championship victory from March.
A number of big names missed the cut at the Old Course, with Tiger Woods given an emotional send off to the 150th Championship, as he revealed: “I feel like I will be able to play future British Opens. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play long enough to play another one here."
Unlike previous Open Championships, the weather hasn't played as much of a part, with the wind being low, by Links standards, and only a tiny bit of rain coming down during the opening day.
With the tournament still wide open, could the weather play a part in the final result of this great championship? Below, we take a look at what is set to occur on Saturday and Sunday.
Day Three - Saturday 16 July 2022
Warm and sunny with cloud increasing this evening
High: 23°C (73°F)
Winds: S-SW 5-10 mph, picking up to SW 9-13 mph and possible gusts 15-20 mph
Day Four - Sunday 17 July 2022
Cloudy early in the day with some mostly light rain likely (0-2 mm). Dry through the afternoon and evening with plenty of sunshine and feeling very warm though some cloud making sunshine milky or hazy at times.
High: 26°C (79°F)
Winds: S-SW winds, light early in the day, picking up to 8-12 mph.
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