2022 British Open leaderboard breakdown: Cameron Smith rockets to top as Rory McIlroy stays hot in Round 2

The second round of the 150th Open Championship featured a little bit of everything on Friday. It began with fans sending Tiger Woods off in the grandest of fashions as the 15-time major winner’s playing career at St. Andrews may have come to a close with a missed cut this week. Walking down the 18th fairway to a standing ovation, tears rolled from Woods’ eyes as he thought back on his crowning achievements at the Home of Golf and of the previous legends of the game to receive a similarly warm goodbye from the people of St. Andrews.

Fans again rose to their feet hours later, albeit for a different reason, as Cameron Smith signed an 8-under 64 to set the 36-hole scoring record for an Open at the Old Course. Sitting at 13 under for the championship, the long-haired Australian looks to be in complete control of his game as he has racked up 12 birdies and an eagle against just a single bogey through his first two rounds.

And then you have Rory McIlroy, who while still looking for his first major championship since 2014, put himself in exceptionally strong position at this Open. McIlroy remained hot playing in one of the final pairings of the day and now sits just three strokes back of Smith entering Moving Day.

Five of the last six 36-hole leaders at The Open have gone on to win, and Smith should give a fine effort over the weekend in continuing this trend. Meanwhile, each of the last seven Open winners at St. Andrews have been T4 or better after two rounds with 14 of the last 15 sitting within three shots of the lead after 36 holes.

Here is the breakdown of the rest of the leaderboard

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Esports viewership breakdown with Esports Charts: March 2022

Every month ESI, in collaboration with Esports Charts, delves into the world of esports viewership to highlight what audiences are currently watching, along with other emerging trends in the industry.

With Riot Games’ League of Legends ecosystem reaching its Spring season climax, records have been broken and the title continues to showcase its popularity. However, by the end of March, it was mobile esports that once again took the spotlight.

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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang retains the top spot

For the second time in a row, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s MPL ID Season 9 was the most popular esports tournament of the month. Garnering an impressive 1.73m peak viewers, the Indonesian league continues to gain momentum ahead of its conclusion later this month.

According to Esports Charts, MPL ID Season 9 isn’t just the most popular esports event of the month, but the most popular of the year so far. This topples global events such as IEM Katowice (1.12m peak viewers), the PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2021 Finals (646,633) and the Six Invitational 2022 (272,714). 

Overall, the competition has recorded an average viewership of 380,406, which is lower than MPL ID Season 8 (447,142). So, it’ll certainly be interesting to see if that figure increases as the competition gets closer to the final. Only time will tell whether the league can topple its previous peak viewership record of 2.39m.

Esports Viewership March 2022
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Finally, the title’s Indonesian league wasn’t the only Mobile Legends competition to be featured in Esports Charts’ viewership table. Finishing fifth, MPL PH Season 9 recorded 455,818 peak viewership, highlighting that Mobile Premier League’s esports ecosystem is more than just one region deep.  

League of Legends remains strong

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