Christo Lamprecht got the full British Open experience Friday.
The amateur, a rising senior at Georgia Tech who earned his way into the field via his victory at last month’s Amateur Championship, held the co-lead after an opening round 5-under 66.
Come the second round, it was the exact opposite from his incredible start. Lamprecht bogeyed five of his first seven holes, going out in 5-over 40, and he didn’t record any birdies in a 8-over 79 at Royal Liverpool, 13 shots worse than his Thursday score.
Lamprecht struggled off the tee Friday, his opening tee shot going nearly 50 yards right. From there, it was a battle for 18 holes as he went from T-1 to making the cut on the number.
However, for his first major start, Lamprecht will get invaluable major experience. And he’ll also get something else: a Silver Medal.
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The 6-foot-8 Lamprecht is the only one of the six amateurs in the field who made the cut, so he will earn low amateur honors and the Silver Medal come Sunday evening in Hoylake.
On top of his senior year ahead at Georgia Tech, Lamprecht also has invitations waiting to the 2024 Masters and U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
We’ll see whether Lamprecht can find recreate some of his first-round magic over the weekend.