British Open

Hole-by-hole coverage of the second round at Muirfield

Johnny Watterson Fri, Jul 19
 
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  • 10:28
    Welcome to another day of the British Open. Johnny Watterson will be here for all of the working day to keep you updated on all events golf in Muirfield.Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Tiger Woods are all out with Rory McIlroy due to tee off at 2.45.
  • 10:31
    This certainly feels like a day for picking over the golf game of McIlroy. But right now Tiger is prowling. After yesterday's 69, he's just knocked a birdy at the par 4 third to move to -1 for the day and -3 for the tournament, two shots behind the leader Zach Johnson.
  • 10:34
    Harrington has turned with 36, one shot worse than yesterday at the same stage. he currently sits at +2 for the competition.
  • 10:38
    The winds seems to be picking up 10-15 mph and Clarke is up to his old tricks again. the Dungannon man birdied three of the first five holes this morning but then an almost catastrophic 8 on the par 4 sixth knocked him back. But he recovered to go par, par, birdy to close the front 9 in 36.
  • 10:43
    Lee Westwood has also gotten off to the perfect start. The great English hope birdied three of the first five holes. He's just had par on the 6th and is -3 for the day.
  • 10:46
    McDowell has had a better start than yesterday. His 75 yesterday means he's ground to make up. But ther's little sign of panic over the opening four holes, a birdie on the second to leave him one under for the day but +3 for the tournament.
  • 10:48
    Westwood is putting well which could be the key to his game. It's let him down before but he's just dropped a five footer on the par three 7th holefor par.
  • 10:52
    "Ballooner. Ballooner," chirps Mc Dowell. He isn't happy with his fairway wood into the par-five 5th. Not a total disaster but 70 yards short of the green and in the middle of the fairway. He'll have a good chance to get up and down for his birdie, while a par should be certain.
  • 10:57
    By the way Clarke's 8 at the sixth hole was one of those occasions when hackers simply get embarassed. It took the former Open winner three blows to get out of the greenside bunker. He's just parred the opening hole of the back nine.
  • 11:01
    A comment from James Shaw asks who cares about Tiger Woods. Well, he's the most important figure in golf, maybe in sport. He may not be likeable but he's always watchable and the way he's going at the moment with a birdy at the fifth and -3 for the tournament, he's putting himself in a position to win this sucker.
  • 11:04


    Schwartzel, in thick rubbish to the left of 8 and not a hope in hell of a shot. He nearly holes his chip with a touch of brilliance. Stenson knocks in another birdie at 9. He's bounced back from that double bogey at 6 and is out in a one-under 35, -2 for the tournament and right in the thick of it.
  • 11:06
    Another birdie for Westwood, who is having a storming morning. Four birdies and four pars with his mum and dad following makes Lee a very good boy indeed. And 4 under for the day.
  • 11:08
    The way it looks -

    -5: Z Johnson (3.07pm)
    -4: Cabrera-Bello (12.50pm)
    -3: Spieth (12), Westwood (8), Woods (5), Jimenez (12.39pm), D Johnson (1.45pm), Snedeker (2.12pm)
    -2: Stenson (9), Molinari (2), Kapur (1), Hamilton (11.44am), Mickelson (2.45pm), Cabrera (3.18pm)
  • 11:09
    "Could be in the Caribbean" says Peter Aliss as a flock of geese fly over Muirfield in formation.
  • 11:12
    Tiger taps in for a four on the sixth. He bogeyed the par 3 fourth, bounced back immediately with a birdy and that tap in leaves him 1 under for thre day and -3 for the championship. He also smiling today and it's his score more than it is the sunshine.
  • 11:15
    The players are factorig in 40-50 yards of run on the very fast fairways.
  • 11:17
    G-Mac drives into a bunker down the left and, faced with a high lip, is forced to chip out sideways. As ever he takes his medicine before drilling an iron straight at the pin, the ball landing at the front of the green and stopping one roll short of the cup. Shot of the day so far and he'll save his par to stay at +3.
  • 11:21
    Clarke rolls in a putt from almost 20 feet, left to right borrow. A huge cheer from the crowd accompanies the broad smile. They still like him and his rolling gait and his love the good things in life - pints and cigars. The birdie is his fifth of the day for level par for the championship.
  • 11:24
    Stenson, 230 in the world at the end of last year rolls in an uphill putt from 15 feet to birdie the 11th. He's creeping up the leaderboard to sit at -2.
  • 11:29
    Westwood has lately been working with 1991 champion Ian Baker Finch. Another birdie, his fifth on the front nine, indicates that it has been paying off and leaves him at a cracking 31 at the turn. He was 36 at the same juncture yesterday.
  • 11:35
    Westwood knocks a big drive down 10 and into the semi rough. Schwartzel, who yesterday was breaking clubs in two, is now trying to break heads, drilling a drive into the spectators down the left.
  • 11:38
    Darren Clarke fails to get his ball out of the bunker on the way to an eight on the sixth hole
    Darren Clarke fails to get his ball out of the bunker on the way to an eight on the sixth hole
  • 11:44
    Westwood finds the 10th green from the light rough and has a birdie putt. It's right to left and ends just inces wide. He hasn't put a foot wrong at all, while Tiger three putts on the 8th for the second time today. That costs him and he drops back to -2.
  • 11:47
    It seems that his 15 minutes of fame was yesterday. One of the opening day heroes, Shiv Kapur, is going backwards and with another dropped shot at 3, he's back to -1.
  • 11:50
    Westwood said that he had a "lightbulb" moment with Ian baker Finch. Certainly his putting today is confident and accurate. Baker Finch, hopefully, is not giving him tips on driving the ball.
  • 11:54
    Woods tries to draw an iron down the 8th but doesn't cook it half enough. He's in the rough but the ball looks like it's sitting up okay. Either way he could be the best player in the world hitting from the munchies. All that gym work isn't for nuthin'.
  • 12:00
    The projected cut now is +4 but that's likely to go out a couple of more shots. Harrington is currently +4 and if he stays that way or improves should be okay for the weekend.
  • 12:07
    So the course is playing long or what. Schwartzel hits his drive down wind at the 376 yard 12th and the ball goes past the green. Westwood plays for position and then hits a perfect pitch to birdie distance from the pin. This putt could leave him tied with Zack Johnson at the top of the leaderboard at -5.
  • 12:13
    Clarke is currently the best of the Irish. He sits at level par for the championship thru 14 holes. McDowell is +2 overall, Shane Lowry +3 and Harrington +5, which cout put him dangerously close to the cut line.
  • 12:15
    Westwood lands his putt at the 11th hole and he goes joint leader with Zack Johnson at -5. johnson isn't out until just after 3.00pm.
  • 12:28
    Tiger has his gameface on. Having sent his first putt screaming past the 10th hole, he strokes in a 15-foot left-to-right curler, saving his par and staying at -2. He's not quite been on top of things in the last hour, maybe that's the spark to reignite his round..
  • 12:30
    No sooner does he joing Zach Johnson at -5 than Westwood leaves him tpo go back to -4, a bogey at the par 3 13th hole undoing his previous good work.
  • 12:36
    McDowell has an interesting bunker shot on 11 with one leg in the sand and the other kneeling on the high edge of the bunker. He gets it out with a lot of arms work and sand but will struggle to sink the putt.
  • 12:43
    Woods misreads a 12 foot par putt on the 11th to drop another shot. It means he slips back to -1, whereas Westwood drops a six footer to save bogey. That's two in a row from the great English hope, who also slips back down the leaderboard to -3. The 13th and 14th holes have been very expensive for the best golfer out there not to have won a Major.
  • 12:45
    David Leadbetter, coach to the rich and famous such as Faldo and Els: "It takes a complete player to win here. You have to think your way around and have a great short game. There's no fluky winners around here." Here, here.
  • 12:57
    Westwood splash out of the bunker on 15 leaves him with a chance of a three. It was his 350 yard drive that put him in there in the first place. He needs it after the two bogeys on 13 and 14.
  • 13:04
    Good old Peter Aliss. Bless him. We'll miss his good old fashioned sense of propriety when he's gone. Tiger knocks his tee shot into the middle of 13 and someone shouts GET IN THE HOLE. Without missing a beat Aliss groans OH SHUT UP.
  • 13:07
    Harrington has fallen further down the leaderboard. He briefly stopped a run of back nine bogeys with a birdie on the 17th but then bogeyed the 18th to post 75, two shots worse off than yesterday. He's +6 for the championship and could miss the cut.
  • 13:09
    The official cut is set at +4 although that may go out a bit depending on the scoring.
  • 13:11
    Clarke is safely inside the cut and finished with a 71 and +1 for the championship, his eight at the par 4 sixth the only hole that will keep him awake tonight.
  • 13:12
    There are currently just 17 player under par.
  • 13:13
    Top of the heap -

    -5: Z Johnson (3.07pm)
    -4: Cabrera-Bello (1)
    -3: Westwood (15), Jiménez (1), D Johnson (1.45pm), Snedeker (2.12pm)
  • 13:16
    The Rioja must have been fine last night. Miguel Ángel Jiménez has birdied the second, joining Cabrera-Bello on -4, while on 16 Westwood makes a brilliant two-putt par from somewhere south of Edinburgh..
  • 13:19
    Weak applause for Westwood on the 17th suggests his drive into the wind did not split the fairway. But it's a par 5 and he can nurse it from where he is. He needs no disasters over the final two holes to stay at -3.
  • 13:24
    Schwartzel was yesterday snapping clubs and growling at the golfing gods on his way to a 75. Today he's -3 through 17 and currently T24.
  • 13:29
    McDowell uncharacteristically misses a six foot putt on 14 for bogey to fall to +4. That's borderline cut territory. Henrik Stenson pars the 18th and is in for a two-round total of -2.
  • 13:32
    Westwood seems to have lost some of the control he had over the ball early in the round. He's nudged three shots up towards the par 5 17th pin but none of them stunning shots. Much work to do for his par.
  • 13:39
    Condoleezza Rice has been spotted following the golf in a buggy. The former US Secretary of State is one of the very few members of Agusta National. Wonder what she thinks of he male bastion of Muirfield.
  • 13:44
    McDowell hits the flag pin from the greenside bunker at 15. The putt falls which keeps him at +4 and on the good side of the cut, which will go out to +5 or even +6.
  • 13:50
    Westwood will test his powers of super humanity verty shortly. He skittered his ball into the greenside bunker on 18. His next shot is down hill and down breeze. Anywhere within 12 feet might make him smile.
  • 13:53
    Stil Westwood is better placed than Sergio, who goes from fairway bunker to another fairway bunker. He's already +5 which is the current projected cut mark – and about to drop more.
  • 13:57
    Contrasting fortunes on 18. Schwartzel pars the 18th to post a 68, the lowest score of the day so far. In the same group Sergio bogeys to fall back to +6 and must wait to see where the cut finally falls.
  • 14:02
    Westwood also closes with a 68 and that looks like a great score as the bigger names, who went out early yesterday begin to stream onto the course. Westwood curretly sits T5.
  • 14:03
    Faldo, Couples, Watson. Now there's a half decent three ball to follow. Just teeing off now.
  • 14:05
    Faldo's in the rough. Watson splits the fairway. Couples also on the track.
  • 14:08


    Dustin Johnson has dropped a shot at the opening hole, the ball sliding left as he attempts a 12-footer for birdie.
    Scores on the doors -
    -5: Z Johnson (3.07pm)
    -3: Jimenez (4), Cabrera-Bello (4), Snedeker (2.12pm)
    -2: Stenson (F), Westwood (F), D Johnson (1), Mickelson (2.45pm), Cabrera (3.18pm)
    -1: Laird (F), Woods (16), B Watson (1), Fernandez-Castano (2.34pm), Duke (3.29pm)
  • 14:11
    You have to admire McDowell's work ethic. He bogeyed the first two holes on the back nine but has stubbornly fought back to stay on the right side of the numbers that will determine where he spends the weekend. His pitch to the 17th green leaves him with a birdy opportunity. Currently +4.
  • 14:18
    The ruddy faced Ivor Robson....is everyone sniggering at his high pitched announcement at the first tee. Or is that just plain cruel.
  • 14:24
    McDowell's 75 is enough to keep him in Muirfield for thr weekend. He's tied 62 and +4 for the championship.
  • 14:26
    Kevin - Lowrey is +4 thru 5. He's gone par, par, par, bogey, par. He's +1 for today's round.
  • 14:31

    Lee Westwood - "I thought I made the most of the soft conditions. I just picked up birdies wherever I could. I feel very confident. That's always a good thing. I tried not to give any shots away uneccessarily and not to make too many massive mistakes."
  • 14:33
    Tiger finishes at 2 under, a birdie on the 18th putting him level with Westwood.
  • 14:36
    The 'Ripple Effect'. After Justin Rose won his Major, Westwood is destined to do the same. The BBC are calling it The 'Ripple Effect.'.....Lets not turn Westwood into a later day Tim Henman. That's doomed to failure.
  • 14:39
    Ian poulter looks like he's set his clothes on fire before teeing off - a understated orange and red number with matching shoes. The arch moaner from yesterday - he comapred the greens to crazy golf - is +1 for the day and 2 over for the championship.
  • 14:41
    Rory McIlroy is soon to tee off. Is there trepidation in the air? Are we all waiting like vultures to pick over the bones of his broken golf game?Tthis feels more like a burial than the celebration of a massive talent.
  • 14:45
    A long swinging putt on 7 pushes Spain's Rafa Cabrera to -5 and he's now joint leader with Zach Johnson.
  • 14:47
    For the record Rory's iron off the first tee finds the rough on the right. He's going to have to shoot maybe three under to make the cut.
  • 15:10
    After parring the first, McIlroy gives himself a chance at the second with a solid approach from the middle of the fairway. Jimenez, who impressed onlookers at the range immeasurably yesterday evening as he arrived to work on his game with a stogie and a bottle of rioja, saves his par at the ninth to go out in 36 and remain three under for the tournament.
  • 15:12
  • 15:20
    Big Phil, one of those who had a thing or two to say about the state of the greens yesterday, has just doubled the second hole and drops back to level par. Rory, playing alongside Mickelson, sees his birdie effort slip by.
    We've had a couple of queries as to Shane Lowry's progress? Well, the Clara man has been pretty steady in his first eight holes with just a solitary bogey at the fourth breaking a run of pars. That leaves him four over at the moment.
  • 15:22
    Tiger wasn’t quite the cat that got the cream after his round but was in a pretty good mood when he spoke to reporters. “I’m in a good spot. I’m tied for the clubhouse lead,” he said. “These guys have to go out this afternoon and obviously play a golf course that’s quick and it’s drying out and with a different wind so it will be tough out there. I’ve just got to continue plodding along, continue just being patient, putting the ball in the right spots. We’re not going to get a lot of opportunities out there but when I have I’ve been able to capitalise and hopefully I can continue doing that.”
  • 15:37
    There are now only 12 players under par for the tournament. With conditions only due to get tougher, and just four of those players safely in the clubhouse, how many will be in red figures at the end of today’s play??
  • 15:43
    Never mind his -4. What is there not to like about Jimenez? He broke his leg skiing. He warms up with a cigar in his mounth. At the Ryder Cup all he requested was a humidor and decent coffee in the team room and now he's joint leader at The Open.
  • 15:47
    Mickelson clips a tee shot at 4 to five feet for a wonderful tee shot. Meanwhile McIlroy pushes his iron into deep rubbish to the right of the green.
  • 15:51
    This is looking much more like a Major. Just look at all the names hovering around the top of the leaderboard on -2. Tiger, Westwood, Bubba, Dustin Johnson, Angel Cabrera and just behind them Phil Mickelson. Westwood and Schwartzel's pair of 68s look like a very good score at this point.
  • 15:56
    On 4, Mickelson clatters his birdie putt into the centre of the cup. McIlroy can't escape with a par, and that's his second bogey in succession. He's back to +10, alongside Nick Faldo. Are we going to keep comparing him to the man 32-years-older. Probably.
  • 16:00
    Mickelson has gotten a shot back on the par 3 fourth hole after the nasty double bogey six on the second hole. He's lying -1 for the championship and +1 for today.
  • 16:07
    Can you hear Mickelson shouting STOP STOP to his ball veering off to the left of the green at the par 5, fifth hole. Well, it just didn't stop where he wanted it to. Still, he is in putting territory to keep the challenge moving.
    Dustan Johnson has overclubbed through 8 and sent a bunker shot halfway down the green. He bogeys, as does Bubba.
  • 16:17
    Just had a quick look through McUIlroy's card of yesterday and today. He has 11 pars, 10 bogeys or double bogeys and just two birdies in the 23 holes he has played. An average of a birdie every 11 holes or so is hardly vintage McIlroy.
  • 16:20
    Harrington has taken a step closer to making the cut. With the scoring low, the line has been revised to +5 or better. Harrington is six over par after a 75 today.
  • 16:27
    You can't turn at the moment but something happens. Zach Johnson is back on top after a birdie 2 at the fourth hole takes him to -5 again. Mickelson coming up 6 is shouting at his ball but it's not listening and dives into the rough. Where it has gone, who knows.
  • 16:29
    Big dig from big Phil and the ball fires out of the juicy rough. Too much as it happens as it screams up the sixth green and over the back. He's just the man for a magical up and down to get out of here with his shirt.
  • 16:37
    Bubba birdies the par 5 ninth to close the front stretch on 35. Length today isn't a problem but controlling the ball is becoming more difficult with even the semi rough not doing its job. Balls are simply running over it and into the deeper botheration.
  • 16:41
    Peter Aliss is at it again saying that the modern player can't adapt to changing conditions on the run. He should ask Ben Curtis about that. The American hasn't dropped a shot all day thru 13 holes. Three birdies and all the rest pars.
  • 16:45
    On the other hand...Bubba has just double bogeyed the 10th hole to take him back to level par....And what's that noise....it's McIlroy...he's just landed a long put and the crowd know how rare that has been. The 24-year-old strolls over and takes it out of the cup. Weary resignation personified.
  • 16:50
    He's the hulking Argentine with his son on his bag and who only seems to emerge for the Majors. If you can do that don't knock it. Angel Cabrera's birdies the fourth and fifth holes, which puts him at -4 and second only to Zach Johnson, who is holding his -5 score together very well indeed.
  • 16:56
    Cabrera, who hasn't made the cut at the Championship since 2009, leads on -4 after Zach Johnson -eh, we spoke too soon about him holding his score together -. bogeys five and six and falls away to -3 level with Jimenez and Brad Snedeker. Sneds shot 68 earlier today.
  • 17:01
    Harrington will stay with us as the cut goes out to +6 and better. His irish compatriot McDowell meanwhile has been singing the praises of one Tiger Woods.
    "He was very, very impressive," said McDowell who played two rounds with the worls number one. "He won't be far away. He plays the gold course conservatively but i'm not sure if there are any better iron players in the world."
  • 17:08
    Apologies to the sharp sighted. Snedeker shot 68 yesterday, not today. The American just double bogeyed the 10th but remains a healthy -1 for the championship.
  • 17:11
    How tight is this as the scores continue to bounce around?
    Jimenez, Dustin, Zach, and Angel are all -3. Henrik Stenson is -2 along with Woods and Westwood. The field is coming back to the players who have already completed their rounds.
  • 17:21
    Recap on what a nightmare this year has been for McIlroy
    January: signs deal with Nike
    February: Beaten by Shane Lowry in World Matchplay
    March: Walks off the course at Honda Classic
    June: Breaks clubs at US Open
    June: Misses Cut at Irish Open
    July: Misses cut at British Open ?
  • 17:25
    Mark O'Meara's 'Old farts' quip came into sharper focus today. The veteran American who shot 67 yesterday went 11 shots worse today with a 78. That's actually not so shocking as just 11 players are currently under par.
  • 17:25
    Kevin Mannerings Oh No! Sir Nick Faldo (+11) is two up on Rory (+13) and Shane Lowry is (+7) with the cut likely to be +7 so he must par 17 and 18. We don't do squeakey bums in Clara, Shane will make the cut!
  • 17:27
    Yes Kevin but bogeys at 14, 15 and 16 won't do much for Lowry confidence down 17 and 18. Ah, he's a good head on him.
  • 17:33
    Declan Service McDowell is Harrington's Northern Irish compatriot, you big turnip !
  • 17:35
    Actually I've heard McDowell describe himself as Irish as well as British as well as Northern Irish.
  • 17:40
    Lowry has made par on the 17th. A birdie on 18 will see him stay in Muirfield for the weekend.as the cut is +6 and he's currently +7
    Jimenez, meanwhile, made par on the last four holes to shoot 71 and leave him in the very comfortable position of -3 for the championship. That would also make him joint leader.
  • 17:41
    "If you hit the greens and two putt you are in clover. You're in clover." - Peter Aliss
  • 17:48
    Sneds is on his bag. We can call him Sneds. Sneds likes a beer in the local hostelry does Sneds. Sneds is on -1 thru 13 holes, which if he can hold or make better will be a decent score today. That's Brandt Snedeker.
  • 17:55
    Cabrera rolls an eagle put to inches of the 9th hole for a tap in birdie. The hulking Argintinean is -4 for the championship and leads. Better news further down with Shane Lowry making the weekend. The Irishman birdied the 18th hole to take him to +6, which is inside the projected cut.
  • 17:59
    Sir Nick and Wee Mac are locked on +13. Tied at 130.
  • 18:03
    Dustin Johnson drills out of the rough and the ball sails through the green at 15 to tangle up in BBC cables. He'll get a free drop, but is still in a lot of trouble. Mickelson has responded to the dropped shot at 10 with birdie at 11 and he moves back to -1.
  • 18:09
    Not wishing to end on a miserable note but that's how Rafael Cabrera-Bello's round ended with a 74; He's -1 for the tournament, far from out of it but not cruising the top of the leaderboard either.
    Meanwhile Sned's round is beginning to shake a little. Nobody's yet quite sure what the issue was on the last green but we think he called the referee because his ball moved as he putted. He's -1 going up 14 - and has just dumped his approach into a pot bunker.

    For now that's the working day's play. Keep tuned for the rest of a weekend that's boiling nicely for a tight Sunday finish.