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  • 10:24
    10.25: Johnny Watterson will keep you abreast of the scores, swings of fortune and antics at the Open throughout Day two of the Championship. With shadows on the greens it looks benign but a bit of a quagmire for the fans and sopping  bunkers is making life less than simple for all.
    We Mac is out on the course but spending too much time in the long grass and after a scrappy start dropped a shot. But like yesterday when he hit OB, he bounced straight back and remains 3 under through four holes. Leader Adam Scott has yet to hit a ball but Harrington birdied the par 3 first hole and is -1 through 3 holes.
  • 10:30
    10.28: Bogeys on the second and third make Colsaerts a bold boy. The big hitting Belgian has dropped from five under to -3 over the first five holes.
  • 10:34
    10.33: Royal Lytham is set up easier this week for the pros than it is for the club members. The extra cut of semi rough keeps the balls of the professionals from rolling into the deep rough. The members don't have that. And they are complaining. Quite right too.
  • 10:37
    10:36: No one has reached the turn yet in under par. No reason for that. Again no wind and receptive green.
  • 10:47
    10.44: Rory into the long grass on the left. Second shot to greenside bunker. Steady. Keegan Bradley also in the sand. The difference between almost perfect and perfect on this course is a perfect ly or swallowed in the sand.
  • 10:52
    10.48: Wee Mac has a long putt for par on the sixth. He misses. His driving is wayward and he needs to settle. Meanwhile Colsaerts' golf ing world is collapsing. He's up in the long grass flapping his hands.
  • 10:54
    10.53: Colsaerts just took an 8 at the par 5 7th hole and he's back to level par. Still he's smiling.
  • 11:04
    11.02: The course is playing long. Wee Mac rips a three wood at the green on the par 5 7th. It takes one bounce and dies 20 yards short of the putting surface.
  • 11:09
    11.06: Keegan Bradley's crouching style is interesting to watch. But there's no hidden Tiger today. Playing with Wee Mac and Louis Oosthuizen he's one over for the morning.
  • 11:12
    11.11. Rory's rip pays off. A deft wedge to seven feet and he drops the putt to earn a shot back at the 7th.
  • 11:15
    11.14: Impressive par save from Padraig Harrington at the sixth. His body language is very positive, he's smiling and he's one under for his round, level par for the Championship. Another thing he knows how to win Opens.
  • 11:19
    11.18: They have one of those drainage lorries sucking water out of a bunker.A groundsman in in the middle of it in his wellies. Eleven millimetres of water fell over night.
  • 11:24
    11.23: Harrington shaves the hole from off the green on the 8th. Safe par, almost birdie. One under for the day. Nice red laces in support of the Special Olympics for which he is an ambassador.
  • 11:28
    11.26: Oosthuizen is in white trousers and a white tracksuit top and a white visor. He looks like he nicked Caroline Wozniacki's tennis outfit. That might relax Rory.
  • 11:31
    11.31: Phil Mickelson's PA might well be checking him on to a flight to California. No magic from the left-hander today. He is three over for the day, six over for the Championship. Ughhh.
  • 11:35
    11.34: Rory's in the bunker to the left of the ninth greem. Tough stance and very little green with vertical wall of the bunker two feet away. A par here would feel like a birdie.
  • 11:40
    11.37: Mini crisis. Wee Mac leaves the ball in the bunker but gets it high enough on the second effort. But he needs a good putt to hold bogey. Now a bogey would feel like a par. He misses. 150 yard hole. Double bogey. Mini crisis becomes a mini disaster.
  • 11:42
    11.41: I'd like to hear Tony Jacklin say 'Vodka martini, shaken not stirred.' Just once.
  • 11:45
    11.44: Harrington goes to 2 under for the day as Rory travels in the other direction to 2 over for the day. No mistaking the different vibe emanating from each player. Wee Mac closes the front 9 with 36. Yesterday he was 32. That will hurt.
  • 11:48
    11.50: Jacklin won £4,250 for his 1969 win. Someone said to him 'but you didn't need the money.' He said 'are you joking.' This week the winner gets £900,000 and you can almost be certain that whoever it is doesn't need the money.
  • 11:59
    11.56: Another birdie from American Brandt Snedeker and he's drawn level with Scott at 6 under par. Yesterday the par 4 sixth was the hardest hole on the course. Snedeker just birdied it, his second birdie through six holes.
  • 12:29
    Snedeker birdies the 7th and goes one ahead of Scott., who has yet to tee off. Harrington still smiling and 2 under with Wee Mc two over. Rory has just drawn his iron into another bunker on the 12th, a hole he birdied yesterday.
  • 12:43
    Rory needs birdies. If he is to hold on to any idea of being in contention come Sunday Wee Mc needs to be considerably better than 3 over for the day through 12 holes. On cue he hits to 10 feet on 13.
  • 12:47
    Paul Casey finishes with a 79 and 11 over par. He's going home. He won't be going snowboarding again.
  • 12:55
    Snedeker, the angelic looking American moves to 8 under and closes the front 9 with just 30 blows. Can't make up my mind if his blond hair is more reminiscent of a young Langer or Nicklaus.
  • 12:56
    Darren Clarke CAN touch his toes. He's doing it on the putting green right now.
  • 12:57
    "I don't even think I went in a bunker yesterday," said Adam Scott on the practice range. Wish he had remineded Rory of that.
  • 13:00
    When Tiger Woods was an amateur and played in Royal Lytham he didn't spend his spare time pouring over the greatest shots of golfing legends. No Tiger made his way to the fun park when he was off course. You can the roller coaster beside the sea in some of the wide shots on BBC.
  • 13:05
    Whow John Daly. Isn't he fantastic. Did I tell you about the time I went to interview Daly in Blarney and he took out his guitar and started singing songs off his latest cd. He wrote the songs himself and sold the cds from his camper van, which he takes to most competitions in the US...We started drinking and well, ...we did the interview the next day.
  • 13:15
    PS Daly is wearing Union Jack Trousers, not as tailored as the pair Poulter wears. The 1995 champion is hanging in at 1 under. Good grief was that Loooook Donald who just thinned a ball into the rough. Buried it in there too at the back of the 13th. Nice to see them fallible.
  • 13:17
    PS Daly is wearing Union Jack Trousers, not as tailored as the pair Poulter wears. The 1995 champion is hanging in at 1 under. Good grief was that Loooook Donald who just thinned a ball into the rough. Buried it in there too at the back of the 13th. Nice to see them fallible.
  • 13:17
    PS Daly is wearing Union Jack Trousers, not as tailored as the pair Poulter wears. The 1995 champion is hanging in at 1 under. Good grief was that Loooook Donald who just thinned a ball into the rough. Buried it in there too at the back of the 13th. Nice to see them fallible.
  • 13:42
    It might be sopping wet but Snedeker is burning up Lytham. He's birdied two out of the first three holes on the back nine and now sitting at 10 under par. Showing the field that there are birdies out there if you know where to look, the next stretch is the hardest part of the course.
  • 13:44
    Overview of Wee Mac. He's hitting greens but not threateing the pin. His first putts have been long and unlikely to drop. He has hit a few poor shots but hasn't really glowed red hot. He's playing the sort of round McDowell sometimes does but master grinder McDowell would be two or three shots better off.
  • 13:53
    Rory is in a bunker pond. He can drop it in a dry spot but he needs to be smart now. He's 1 over going down 17 and the projected cut is 2 over. Its a dangerous run for home.
  • 14:03
    Rory missed his par putt to go 2 over after 17. Projected cut is two over but if the scoring continues to be low like this morning, that will probably push out to a couple more over.
  • 14:10
    Snedeker has yet to make the cut at The Open. But he's currently on to match NIck Faldo's 66 and 64 to post the lowest 36 holes in the competition. Faldo did it at Muirfield. The American's first round was 66 and he's currently six under today.
  • 14:11
    An 8 iron 167 yards into the 18th gives WeeMac a decent birdie chance. He needs it.
  • 14:14
    Darren Clarke's opening shot on the par three first almost pitches into the hole. The big man isn't in the form to successfully defend his title. But he has a birdie chance to kick start a decent round.
  • 14:19
    Wee Mac will be here for the weekend. But he looks we'er than usual. He's two over but missed a birdie putt on the last. Looks far from a recent former world number one and sits 12 shots behind pace setter Snedeker
  • 14:23
    That's horrid Mr Scott. Well short and in the munchies. Will he even be able to get a club on the ball at the third hole? Currently 6 under.
  • 14:28
    It came out remarkably well for Scott. He's 25 feet from the cup but smiling. Tigers old caddy, bodyguard, mate, crowd controller Steve Williams on the bag.
  • 14:31
    Brollys going up around Royal Lytham and St Annes. Not at all splendid.
  • 14:34
    The white pant suit ensemble Louis Oosthuizen is wearing looks more Elvis than Wozniacki close up. Still a 68 today is something his playing partners Rory and Keegan Bradley would have taken.
  • 14:43
    Donald's solid round 68 leaves him two under. He walks off 18 as Tiger tees off at the first hole.
  • 14:57
    Turn your back on Harrington for a moment and he goes scampering off. This time its not where you wanted him to go. Three bogeys in the closing four holes has him sitting on 2 over par. He went out in 32 back in 40
  • 15:05
    Snedeker has hit 91 per cent of the greens as opposed to the field average of 60 per cent.
  • 15:08
    "The wind was a different direction to what we played all week," said Loooook Donald. "I don't think it was too tough but I think the wind direction may have fooled people."
  • 15:13
    Snedeker is four clear of the rest of the field. He's waiting on the 18th tee and doubtlessly has no clue that a birdie would give him the lowest score for the first two rounds in Open history, euqalling Faldo's 1992 opening rounds of 64 and 66.
  • 15:27
    "He hit wedge from where I hit seven iron in 1969," says Tony Jacklin of Snedeker's third to the 18th. The Anerican drains the putt for 64 equalling Faldo's record for 36 holes. Overall he's 10 under.
  • 15:38
    Leaderboard update: 10 Brandt Snedeker (US); -5 Adam Scott (Aus), Paul Lawrie (Sco); -4 Zach Johnson (US). Selected others: -3 Graeme McDowell (NI), Tiger Woods (US), Bubba Watson (US); -2 Luke Donald (GB); +2 Rory McIlroy (NI), +2 Padraig Harrington (Ire) +3 Lee Westwood (Eng).
  • 15:48
    G Mac misses a 10 footer for par. he normally sinks them but falls to -3 while Tiger sniffs out his first birdie of the round. Tiger has a spring in his step and he's four under, six stabs behind Snedeker.
  • 15:50
    "Brandt Snedeker's brother Haymes, became the youngest judge in Alabama at the age of 28." says John Murray of BBC 5 Live.
  • 15:54
    "I tried to put the balls on the green. Didn't matter where even if it was 100 feet," said Snedeker, who is the only man in the field not to have made a bogey and presumabley the only one too to have broken a rib coughing.
  • 16:14
    Tiger's second birdie of the day at the 6th. Not many there. That puts him at five under. He's wearing a grey top today but his game is beginning to flash red. Why do we always want him to play well?
  • 16:18
    Sticking with Tiger. Snedeker may had have no bogeys on his card over the first two rounds but Tiger has just one on the 15th yesterday. He's keeping it in play even though they've Tiger proofed the course with bunkers over 300 yards out. Thing is he's not using his driver too often.
  • 16:26
    There is a man on his knees in front of Wee Mac on the practice area. He is jerking the young man's club this way and that way. Up and down and around and Rory's eyes are wide open and attentive. Who knows what's going - a bit of swing management.
    "I didn't commit to the tee shots. I wasn't confident with them," said McIlroy, who has vowed to chase a score tomorrow. That could be interesting or ugly.
  • 16:34
    Bite...bite...BITE shouts Tiger as his ball comes out hot from the rough at the right side of the 7th fairway. It didn't listen this time. He has a bit of work to do from off the green to hold par. No sweat, par.Tiger has broken 70 in the second round in all of his 14 Major wins.
    Scott has come back well from two loose iron shots early on. He's -8, two shots behind the leader. Darren is slipping away at five over early doors.
  • 16:45
    Sloped shoulders, frown, not a happy puppy is Sergio. How long has it been since he ran after a shot and jumped in the air with a little kick in the middle. At four over he's going home.
  • 16:55
    A birdie for G-Mac on the ninth. The Portrush favourite - despite the peach shirt - joins James Morrison on four under, a shot behind Tiger.
  • 17:19
    Tiger steps up to the 598 yard 11th hole with an iron in his hand. His better safe than sorry thinking has been paying off. This time though it's short and in the rough. No real trouble if he can nudge it a few hundred yards closer with the second shot.
  • 17:22
    G-Mac drops a shot at the par five 11th but strides off purposfully to the next tee box. Just as he does that Tiger hits from one rough to another. Wrong side and wrong surface for his approach.
  • 17:35
    David Duval is looking relaxed despite not winning a major or minor title since the British Open in 2001, the last time it was played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Yes he won absolutely nothing. He saluted the summit and fell off. A sequence of maladies to his body has ensured he's not going to make the long climb backagain.
  • 17:39
    Tiger drops a shot after a scrappy 11th hole. He hits over the back from the rough and bogeys, just his second since the competition began yesterday. Three bad shots in succession. It could be worse.
  • 17:59
    Leader Alert. Snedeker -10; Scott -8; Lawrie, McDowell, Woods, Dufner all -4
  • 18:09
    A player who can cut a course to pieces when he is in the mood, Jason Duffner, has birdied four of his last five holes and has moved to -4 form virtually nowhere in the reckoning. He was 31 to the turn with no bogeys on his card. Just parred the 11th.
  • 18:13
    Adam Scott has a five footer to get within one of Snedeker. The old belly putter doesn't let him down. A 64 and 67 for -9 and he's well placed for the weekend. Jeez there's caddy Steve smiling.
  • 18:16
    Paul Lawrie is in the clubhouse with a 71 and hanging in there at four under. The former champion did all that despite two double bogeys on his card.
  • 18:19
    Bubba is flapping his hand at a put that should have gone right but stayed straight. He started the day 3 under and is now 3 over. Not a breath of air on the course and he knows he should be making hay.
  • 18:33
    Pretty in pink Ian Poulter. Is it just me or is the English man a strange shape. A 69 today keeps him around for the weekend. But with Lawrie, McDowell, Kuchar, Woods, Dufner and Aiken all on -4 he has some ground to make up.
  • 18:37
    A round of 70 for popular Ernie Els keeps him at 3 under. A birdie on the 18th left the man in black leaving the course with a smile on his face.
  • 18:49
    Bubba a 73 today. Looking a bit forlorn the left hander is level par and here for the weekend.
  • 18:54
    Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who won his first European Tour title in Sicily in April, is showing how it should be done. He grabs his fourth birdie in five holes to move up and and form a six-strong group on four under. he's all of 22.
  • 19:10
    Short putt on the 18th puts Tom Watson to four over. His achilles heel. The tiddler appears to have cost him the weekend.
  • 19:17
    Justin Rose made the cut. Tiger splashed in from the bunker on the 18th and G-Mac is still in the chasing group. All to play for in the third round. See you there tomorrow.