The all of a sudden revitalized golf professional Marcel Siem joins the top group at the 149th British Open at Royal St. George’s in the English Sandwich.
One day after his 67th birthday, the Ratinger stayed three under par on Friday and was at the end of the round with 134 strokes in shared second place behind last year’s US PGA champion Collin Morikawa (USA / 131). However, numerous professionals had not started or not yet finished their round.
With two birdies on 17 and 18, Siem pushed his way up the leaderboard. When the birdie putt fell into the hole at the final hole, the family man threw up both arms and enjoyed the applause from the audience.
Marcel Siem is very familiar with the typical coastal places on the British Isles. There he celebrated the first of his four victories on the European tour in 2004. In the jump-off, he prevailed against the French Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin in the golf Mecca of St. Andrews in Scotland and won the Dunhill Championship on three different links courses.
The “Open” in Sandwich is the fifth overall for Siem. He had only secured the starting place for the oldest major tournament in the previous week with his victory on the Challenge Tour in France. After finishing 27th in 2010 in St. Andrews, he failed in all three subsequent attempts at the cut. In 2014 he celebrated his last success at the BMW Masters, after which the form curve of the Rhinelander fell down. In the past six years he only achieved two top 3 results.
Amateur Matthias Schmid also achieved an excellent lap on the second day. The Regensburg from Golf Club Herzogenaurach turned up after his 74 on Thursday and made the cut with a 65 and a total of 139 strokes. Germany’s top golfer Martin Kaymer, like Schmid started with a 74, and Marcel Schneider (73) were among the late starters on Friday.
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