British Open Day Two

Rory McIlroy posts a second round 69 to sit one off the lead on a rainy day at Carnoustie

John O'Sullivan, Johnny Watterson Fri, Jul 20
 
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  • 08:41
    Hello and welcome to the second day of the British Open at Carnoustie. A technical issue means a slightly later start than anticipated but everything is as it should be now.  
  • 08:47
    Rory McIlroy (-2) is through three holes and has made a solid start to his second round with three pars. The only player who has made a positive move on the leaderboard at this point is the American Ryan Moore (-4) with a birdie on the third hole.    
  • 08:48
  • 08:50
    It's raining at Carnoustie so the greens with be a little more receptive and the fairways won't be as fiery. McIlroy's playing partner the Australian Marc Leishman (level) is one under for his round after four holes. McIlroy tidies up for his par at the fourth.    
  • 08:50
  • 08:54

    Here are today's second round tee times.

     

    Second round tee-times:

    0635 Sam Locke (a), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Cameron Davis (Aus)
    0646 Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (Swe), Charles Howell III (USA)
    0657 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Daniel Berger (USA), Tom Lewis
    0708 Ryan Moore (USA), Alexander Levy (Fra), Byeong-Hun An (Kor)
    0719 Michael Hendry (Nzl), Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood
    0730 Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jimmy Walker (USA)
    0741 Russell Henley (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, (a) Jovan Rebula (Rsa)
    0752  Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman (Aus), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)
    0803 Alex Noren (Swe), Dustin Johnson (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)
    0814 Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (Aus), Brendan Steele (USA)
    0825 Justin Thomas (USA), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Branden Grace (Rsa)
    0836 Jason Day (Aus), Shota Akiyoshi (Jpn), Haotong Li (Chn)
    0847 Todd Hamilton (USA), Beau Hossler (USA), Jorge Campillo (Esp)
    0903 Chez Reavie (USA), Ryuko Tokimatsu (Jpn), Michael Kim (USA)
    0914 Kyle Stanley (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Jens Dantorp (Swe)
    0925 Tom Lehman (USA), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Grant Forrest
    0936 Min Chel Choi (Kor), Lucas Herbert (Aus), Jason Kokrak (USA)
    0947  Pádraig Harrington, Bubba Watson (USA), Matt Wallace
    0958 Cameron Smith (Aus), Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka (USA)
    1009 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Sergio Garcia (Esp), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
    1020 Tiger Woods (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Russell Knox
    1031 Ryan Fox (Nzl), Jason Dufner (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)
    1042 Ryan Armour (USA), Abraham Ancer (Mex), Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn)
    1053 Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry), Jordan Smith
    1104 Brett Rumford (Aus), Masanori Kobayashi (Jpn), Jack Senior
    1115 Thomas Curtis, Matt Jones (Aus), Bronson Burgoon (USA)
    1136 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Sandy Lyle, Andy Sullivan
    1147 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Brady Schnell (USA), Matthew Southgate
    1158 Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Luke List (USA)
    1209 Danthai Boonma (Tha), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Shaun Norris (Rsa)
    1220 Kevin Chappell (USA), Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell
    1231  Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook (USA)
    1242 Patrick Cantlay (USA), Tyrrell Hatton,  Shane Lowry
    1253 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Kevin Kisner (USA), Marcus Kinhult (Swe)
    1304 Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Esp)
    1315 Brian Harman (USA), Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Andrew Landry (USA)
    1326 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Webb Simpson (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (a) (Den)
    1337 Stewart Cink (USA), Brandon Stone (Rsa), Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)
    1348 Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Gary Woodland (USA), Sung Kang (Kor)
    1404 Adam Hadwin (Can), Ernie Els (Rsa), Chesson Hadley (USA)
    1415 Pat Perez (USA), Julian Suri (USA), George Coetzee (Rsa)
    1426 Scott Jamieson, David Duval (USA), Kevin Na (USA)
    1437  Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer (Ger), Retief Goosen (Rsa)
    1448 Matt Kuchar (USA), Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Peter Uihlein (USA)
    1459 Jordan Spieth (USA), Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
    1510 Jon Rahm (Esp), Rickie Fowler (USA), Chris Wood
    1521 Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Patrick Reed (USA)
    1532 Tony Finau (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)
    1543 Alexander Bjork (Swe), Yuxin Lin (a) (Chn), Sang Hyun Park (Kor)
    1554 James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus (Isl), Zander Lombard (Rsa)
    1605 Kodai Ichihara (Jpn), Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage
    1616 Sean Crocker (USA), Gavin Green (Mal), Ash Turner

     

  • 08:57
    A couple of European golfers have had contrasting fortunes through the first five holes, England's Tommy Fleetwood (-1) has birdied the third and fourth holes but the 2016 British Open champions, Sweden's Henrik Stenson (+2) has bogeyed three of the first holes.    
  • 08:57
  • 09:00
    McIlroy (-2) finds the fifth fairway with an iron off the tee.  
  • 09:00
  • 09:02
    Brendan Steele (-3) is an early favourite for the shortest missed birdie putt of the week. About two and a half feet.  
  • 09:02
  • 09:05
    McIlroy's (-2) playing partner Thorbjorn Olesen (-2) has hit a fine second to the fifth. He'll have about 15 feet for birdie. McIlroy follows his lead and will have a similar distance from the other side of the hole.    
  • 09:06
  • 09:12

    Francesco Molinari (-2) has out behind him the disappointing finish to the first round when he finished bogey, bogey with a birdie at the second.


    McIlroy (-2) can't convert his birdie opportunity at the fifth. He's giving himself chances and should have a big one   at the par five, sixth.    

  • 09:12
  • 09:15
    There are 32 players under par and six have improved on their respective overnight totals so far: Jason Day (-1), CHarley Hoffman (-1), Tommy Fleetwood (-1), Francesco Molinari (-2), Thorbjorn Olesen (-2) and Ryan Moore (-4). Kevin Kisner (-5) still leads the way.
  • 09:18
    The 2015 British Open champion Zach Johnson (-3) has recovered from a bogey on the first to birdie the third and fourth holes, the last effort courtesy of a 12-foot putt.  
  • 09:22
    Love your golf........
  • 09:23
  • 09:24
    Molinari (-2) with a beautifully struck second shot from the rough to the par four, fourth. He'll have about 12 feet for birdie.  
  • 09:24
  • 09:26
    Steele (-3) "who stands further away than most golfers" from the ball according to Butch Harmon hits what looks suspiciously like a snap hook off the fifth tee.    
  • 09:28
    Justin Thomas (-1) joins Steele in the competition for the shortest missed putt at the fourth; about three feet. It's a bogey.  
  • 09:33
    McIlroy (-2) draws a good lie in the rough from his tee shot on six but his second, a lay-up, comes perilously close to going into the hazard down the right. His third finishes about 20 feet under the hole.  
  • 09:34
  • 09:34
    It's all about distance control. A flashback to Thursday.  
  • 09:34
  • 09:38
    Two putts for McIlroy (-2) at the par five, sixth. Six pars in succession. The greens are slower with the rain, the rough is a bit more of a factor and the ball isn't travelling as far as yesyerday. Solid start.    
  • 09:38
  • 09:40
    There are 31 players under par for the tournament. At one stage yesterday there were 51.  
  • 09:45
    Ryan Moore (-4) watches his second shot to the 10th from the heavy rough catch the Barry Burn. His fourth shot finishes 20 feet away. A double bogey on the cards.  
  • 09:45
  • 09:46
    Rain is coming down harder n now.  
  • 09:47
    There were 17 scores in the 60s on Thursday. Only four came from players who teed off after 1 p.m. Brendan Steele (68, 1:51) Zach Johnson (69, 1:15) Justin Thomas (69, 1:26) Chez Reavie (69, 2:04).  
  • 09:49
    Russell Henley (+2) has now entered that competition for shortest missed putt, about two and a half feet and this from one of the best putters in the game. It's a double bogey on the seventh and he's not four over for his round.  
  • 09:50
    McIlroy (-2) in tio about eight feet on the eighth for birdie. Moore (-2) makes a double bogey on the 10th.  
  • 09:50
  • 09:56
    BIRDIE ALERT: Thorbjorn Olsen (-3) holes a second birdie putt in seven holes. McIlroy (-3) follows him in, a deserved reward for a glorious second shot. Up and running for the four-time major winner. He's two behind Kisner (-5). Fleetwood (-1) has received from kindness from the golfing gods with several of his shots this morning.    
  • 09:57
  • 09:57
    Thomas (-2) gets that dropped shot back in unlikely fashion.  
  • 09:57
  • 10:00
    Zach Johnson (-4), wearing shades in the rain, rolls in a 20 foot putt for birdie and the 2015 British Open champion is one off the lead after his third birdie in four holes. Fleetwood (-2) turns in three under, 33 shots.  
  • 10:01
  • 10:02
  • 10:06
    The 2007 and 2008 British Open champion Padraig Harrington (+5) opens with a par. He'll probably need to shoot a 68 or 69 to make the weekend. McIlroy (-3) two putts from distance for his par at the eighth.  
  • 10:09
    Thomas (-2) finds a fairway bunker at the par five, sixth, takes two to get out and is now staring at a double bogey. Power without precision means nothing. I read that in a fortune cookie.  
  • 10:09
    Leishman (level) rolls in a birdie putt on eight.  
  • 10:11

    IRISH LEADERBOARD


    - 3 McIlroy (8)


    Level Dunne (12.31)


    + 3 Lowry (12.42)


    +5 Harrington (1)


    +11 Clarke (2.37)

  • 10:14
    The sweet swinging Molinari (-3) moves to within two shots of the lead with a birdie on the sixth.  
  • 10:21
    Tiger Woods is on the first tee, playing in his 20th British Open. He flushes an iron down the centre if the fairway.  
  • 10:25
    Haotong Li (-2) and Jason Day (-2) are both a couple   under for their rounds and the tournament through six holes. Harrington (+5) starts with a couple of pars.  
  • 10:26
    Adam Scott (level) almost has a hole-in-one at the par three eighth; kick-in birdie coming up to get him to red figures.  
  • 10:30
    McIlroy (-3) turns in 35 shots, after a two-putt par on nine. He's joined on that mark by Fleetwood (-3) who makes his fourth birdie of the round on the 10th.  
  • 10:34
    Roughly 66 players have started their second round and about a third (21) are under par for their round so far.
  • 10:35
    McIlroy (-3) splits the fairway with driver on 10 and from 142 yards, he coaxes a wedge into 12 feet.  
  • 10:36
    Zach Johnson (-4) two under for his round and one off the lead playing the ninth. He finds the fairway off the tee with an iron.  
  • 10:37
  • 10:40
    BIRDIE ALERT: Olesen's (-3) birdie putt finishes half a roll short. McIlroy (-4) with a smooth stroke finds the bottom of the cup with his birdie putt on the 10th. He's one behind Kisner (-5) and in a tie for second place; the American has yet to start.    
  • 10:40
  • 10:44
    Zach Johnson (-4) will have an eight foot birdie putt to tie the lead on nine.  
  • 10:45
  • 10:46
    Woods in trouble on the second. Heavy rough and then trying to play a big hook catches the gallery with a low slung effort.  
  • 10:47
    Zach Johnson (-4) is tied for 2nd. Over the last 10 years, no player has spent more rounds in the top-10 (13) than the 2015 champion.  
  • 10:49
    BIG BUILD-UP and Johnson (-4) misses his birdie putt. Woods will have 20 feet for his par on the second.  
  • 10:49
  • 10:50
  • 10:51
    Stunning second from Leishman (level) to about five feet on the 10th. Olsen (-3) also gets a gold star while McIlroy (-4) won't be as pleased, about 15 feet, having had a wedge in his hand.    
  • 10:52
  • 10:53
    Woods (+1) can't escape the second without dropping a shot. All down to the errant tee shot.  
  • 10:54
  • 10:54
    Thomas (+4) has gone double bogey, double bogey, double bogey through six, seven and eight.    
  • 10:57
    Leishman (level) watches his five foot birdie putt, dribble right of the hole. Struck like someone with a little lack of confidence on the greens. McIlroy (-4) and Olsen (-3) can't convert birdie chances.  
  • 11:01
    Day (-2) and Fleetwood (-3) miss birdie putts on eight and 13 respectively but Koepka (level) drains a 12-footer on the fourth.  
  • 11:02
    Harrington (+5) opens with four pars.  
  • 11:04
    Stenson (+3) drops a shot on the 13th. The projected cut at the moment is two over but that's likely to go up.  
  • 11:06
    Woods (+1) had a 20 foot birdie putt up the hill on three; he now has a six foot par foot after charging his initial effort.  
  • 11:07
  • 11:09
    Woods' (+2) putt lacks speed and it's a second bogey in three holes.  
  • 11:09
  • 11:11
  • 11:13
    McIlroy (-4) comes up short at the 12th and his putt from off the front edge and right - about 90 feet comes up about eight feet short. A tough par putt to come.  
  • 11:15
    Olesen (-2) in trouble off the tee drops a shot as does McIlroy (-3), his first bogey of the day.    
  • 11:17
  • 11:24
    Harrington (+5) continues his steady progress, opening with five pars.  
  • 11:26
    Tommy Fleetwood (-4), the course record holder at Carnoustie moves to within one shot of the lead with a birdie at the par five, 14th, his fifth of the day.
  • 11:26
  • 11:28
    BIRDIE ALERT: McIlroy (-4) also moves into a tie for second place and bounces back from the dropped shot on 12 with a birdie on 13. He's caught the sand with his drive on the par five, 14th.  
  • 11:30
    Harrington (+4) moves up 30 places into the top 100 with a birdie on the sixth. He's one under for the day.
  • 11:32
    Woods (+1) gets one of the two dropped shots back at the fourth.    
  • 11:32
  • 11:33
  • 11:33
    Rain may bother some but not these two gentlemen.  
  • 11:33
  • 11:36
    McIlroy (-4) escapes from the bunker with a great shot but he's got a tricky pitch for his third over another sand trap.  
  • 11:36
  • 11:38
    Woods (level) with back to back birdies on four and five to offset a couple of bogeys. McIlroy (-4) chips to about eight feet on the 14th and will have that for birdie and a share of the lead.    
  • 11:41
    BIRDIE ALERT: McIlroy (-5) moves into a share of the lead with a birdie on the par five, 14th, a phenomenal effort considering he caught a fairway bunker from his drive.  
  • 11:43
    Olesen (-4) also birdies the 14th while double US Open champion Koepka (-1) is back into red figures.  
  • 11:44
  • 11:49
    McIlroy (-5) pulls his second shot left of the 15th green. A tough up and down.  
  • 11:50
    Rain has got heavier in the last hour.  
  • 11:54

    IRISH LEADERBOARD



    -5 McIlroy (14)



    Level Dunne (12.31)



    +3 Lowry (12.42)



    +4 Harrington (7)

    +11 Clarke (2.47)
  • 11:58
    BOGEY: McIlroy's (-4) pitch comes up about 12 feet short after a soft first bounce. He watches the putt slide by. Kisner is the sole leader once again.
  • 12:03
    Right Johnny Watterson has polished off the last of the croissants and orange juice and is raring to go. He'll take you through Rory's last three holes and keep a weather eye on Harrington's mini-revival.    
  • 12:07
    The cut line is currently +2 which leaves Lowry (+3) and Harrington (+4) outside the score needed to stay for the weekend. Harrington is -1 for the day thru 8 holes and Lowry set to tee off at 12.42 as the rain continues to fall.
  • 12:10
    The McIlroy (-4) birdie putt on 16 just falls a little off from about 20 feet. The par looks safe enough
  • 12:12
    That's the dangerous par 3 out of the way for McIlroy. Just two to go and he's in out of the rain and sitting pretty, currently one shot behind Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner who are both on 5-under.
  • 12:15
    Outstanding round from England's Tommy Fleetwood, who in the rain is looking more Rasputin than a golfer one off the leaders after his second round. He has just sent his approach to the 18th to about 10 feet. There could be an Englishman at joint top of the leaderboard after his next putt.
  • 12:19
    Mishit off the tee from McIlroy and he's in the rough at 17 way, way out from the green. He drills a low shot out and bounces it over the burn running it up to just in front of the green. Great effort from there but a tasty short pitch for an up and down for par.
  • 12:21
    Fleetwood drops his putt on 18 for a sparkling 65 second round. No mistakes from the long haired crowd favourite, he is at the top of the leaderboard with Kisner and Zach Johnson on -5.
  • 12:22
    Tiger is level after 7 holes.
  • 12:24
    McIlroy throws in a perfect pitch at 17. The ball goes high from about 50 yards, rolls up and stops dead three feet from the pin. Great distance control from McIlroy (-4).
  • 12:25
  • 12:28
    McIlroy saves par at 17. He stays at -4 walking to the 18th.
    +3 has a chance now of making the cut. That would bring Dustin into the weekend. Harrington, level for the day falls back to +5.
  • 12:30
    McIlroy tee shot avoids the bunkers at 18 but his ball comes to rest on the left side of the fairway in light rough. That's okay of the lie is good.
  • 12:33
  • 12:37
  • 12:38
    McIlroy is 172 yards down breeze from the pin at 18. He has a blessed lie and the ball is sitting up. He hits a high 9-iron and the ball rolls to about 12 feet. Like Fleetwood Rory has a birdie chance to join the leaders at -5.
  • 12:40
    Alex Noren, backed by a few former international hockey players in the Blackrock area of Dublin, is level for the day and -1, safely inside the cutline but four shots off the leaders thru 16 holes.
  • 12:43
    Rory misses his birdie chance on 18 but goes off with -4 and a shot off the lead. That's a pair of 69s for him for the opening two rounds and he's T4.
  • 12:46
  • 12:47
  • 12:48
    It’s the fifth time McIlroy has opened a Major with two rounds in the 60s. He won on three of the previous occasions.
  • 12:49
    "I struggled yesterday tee to green. Didn't hit it well. Came out today and hit it a lot better. I holed some great putts on 8, 9 and momentum kept going today," Tommy Fleetwood.
  • 12:54
    Excellent start to the day from Greystones player Paul Dunne. He has just birdied the first hole to go to -1. He made bogey at the hole in his first round.
  • 12:57
    Kisner (-5) and joint leader is on the first tee. He launches a 3-wood straight up the fairway. Long way to go for him. Dustin, the world number one, ends his second round on +6. He can pack his bags and head somewhere warm.
  • 13:01
    Ah dammit says Tiger who hits off line at the 10th. He has dropped back a shot to +1. His front nine was up and down with two birdies and three bogeys, going out in 37.
  • 13:04

    "I thought I hit the golf ball a little more under control today. I scrambled well when I needed to. On a day liek today you just had to keep yourslef in it. To shot a 69, I'm really pleased," said Rory McIlroy. He added that he has focussed more on his speed on the greens this week and hasn't used the green book, an aid for putting, once so far.



  • 13:09
    Zach Johnson is the new leader. The American has just landed a 12 foot putt on the 18th and moves to 6-under par, one shot ahead of the rest of the field as the rain continues to tumble down around Carnoustie.
  • 13:13
  • 13:17
    Ireland's Paul Dunne makes bogey on the second and drops back to level par for today's round after a promising opening birdie at the first.
  • 13:19
    Michelson on +2 is currently on the cutline. He shot 36 out and 37 in today for 73.
  • 13:26
    Shane Lowry is moving the wrong way. He has made bogey on the second after an opening par. Curretly +4 he will have to find two shots over the next 16 holes to stay for the weekend. The projected cut is still +2.
  • 13:30
    A big happy roar goes up from the crowd at the 11th. Tiger has taken a shot back draining his putt. There's no doubt this Carnoustie crowd want him to do well this week.He is at level par.  
  • 13:33
    A bridie on the 6th hole was an encouraging mover for Padraig Harrington. But bogey at the 9th and 10th holes have knocked him back to +6 thru 13 holes. Like Lowry on +4 his Open is looking like it is coming to an end.
  • 13:39
    Ireland's Paul Dunne T32 remains on level par thru four holes. The birdie, bogey start has steadied to par, par on three and four.
  • 13:43
  • 13:45
    LEADERBOARD
  • 13:56
  • 14:01
    Kisner (-5) is in a little trouble off the tee on the fifth. Nobody yet has moved to Zach Johnson's score of -6. Tiger who is T31 is level par thru 12 holes.
  • 14:05
    Mickelson, wearing black gloves and offending some of the purists, has just holed a long putt from 30 feet on the fourth hole. That's his second birdie of the day and takes him to level par.
  • 14:09
    NEW JOINT LEADER - Fine recovery by Kisner from the fifth rough. His approach is immaculate and he manages to stop the ball seven feet from the tee. He sinks the putt and from looking like a shot might drop he has stolen one back from the course to move to 6-under and joint leader with fellow American Zach Johnson.
  • 14:14
    Woods is keeping with conservative golf with irons off the tees. Still his approach to the par-5 14th with an immaculate 236 yard iron to 15 feet sets him up with an eagle putt. Could this be where a grind so far just to stay in touch pays off and takes Woods into red figures.
  • 14:17
  • 14:18
    Once more Mickelson has set up another birdie putt at the fifth.
  • 14:21

    Tiger doesn't make his eagle at the 14th hole as the ball falls off to the right just at the cup. But a birdie will do and take him into the red zone and -1.


    Mickelson also lands his putt on five and moves to -1 early in his second round.

  • 14:24
  • 14:29
    Tiger at the 15th pulls out another iron to begin his 479 yard journey down the links. Nicely hit, he splits the fairway.
  • 14:31
    Tiger (-1) hits the green at the 15th and has set up an outside chance of birdie. He has a putt of mayby 20 feet.
  • 14:33
    Tiger and Phil both currently under par. The last time they were top-10 in the same major? Five years ago this week, when Phil won and Tiger was T-6.
  • 14:37
  • 14:38
    Big effort from Tiger at 15 as hsi ball shaves the hole but no birdie for him. He stays in the red on -1.
  • 14:40
  • 14:44

    Paul Dunne is hanging in on level par. His two birdies and two bogeys thru eight holes has him T31 and inside the cut line, which remains at +2.

    Lowry +3 (7)

    Harrington +8 (17)

  • 14:46
    Mickelson DOUBLE BOGEY on the par 5 6th hole. That hurts. As Tom Watson has said more than once today "This course can eat your lunch."
  • 14:48
    Tiger has a par 3 and two par 4 holes to finsih his round. They aren't easy. Any of them. Par, par, par would be a result here.
  • 14:50
    Kisner drains a long putt on 7 to take the outright lead on -7, a shot ahead of Zach Johnson, two in front of Fleetwood and three ahead of McIlroy.
  • 14:53

    Three bogeys and a double bogey on 15   means Harrington is going home. His +8 just won't do it this time.


    Tiger hit the bunker at the par 3 16th hole, didn't get it close enough for an easy par putt and drops back a shot to go to level par.

  • 14:55
  • 14:59
    John O'Sullivan is back in the control room after another claret laden lunch. He will colour the next few hours as Tiger is on his finishing two holes and Spieth is just striding out onto the first tee box to begin his round.
  • 15:03
    Thanks Johnny. He'll be back after his afternoon nap, about 5.0pm or so. Until then I'll try and keep you abreast of what's going on at Carnoustie. It was a little 'Carnastie' this morning but conditions have improved as the rain disappeared.  
  • 15:06
    The 2007 and 2008 British Open champion, Padraig Harrington shot a 74 to go with his opening 76. He won't be here for the weekend. He battled hard, one under after eight holes but a bogey on the ninth stole some momentum for the tougher journey home. He did show how resourceful he can be with this shot on the par five, sixth.  
  • 15:06
  • 15:07
    Paul Dunne (level) is on the 10th. Two birdies and two bogeys on the way out.  
  • 15:10
    Shane Lowry (+4) walks off the ninth with a bogey, the second of his round, partially offset by a birdie. He'll have to come home in two under from here to make the weekend and avoid making a fourth straight missed cut in the British Open.    
  • 15:11
    Kisner's (-6) grasp of the outright lead lasts precisely one hole as he fails to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the par three, eighth.  
  • 15:13
    Darren Clarke (+13) the 2011 British Open champion, shot 82 yesterday and things haven't improved much on the scoring front as he bogeys the first and second holes of his second round.  
  • 15:14
  • 15:16
    Garcia (+4) watches his second shot from the rough on 18 hit the wall of the burn in front of the green and jump back into play. The Spaniard needed a birdie on a hole that caused him some heartache in the past to have an outside chance of making the weekend. There are 91 players ahead of him. The top 70 and ties make the cut.  
  • 15:16
  • 15:17
    BIRDIE ALERT: Kisner (-7) reclaims the lead with a birdie on the ninth; that's his third in the last five holes.  
  • 15:18
    That's a fourth straight missed cut in Majors for Sergio.  
  • 15:22
    Woods spanks a couple of irons to the 18th green. He'll have eight feet for birdie.  
  • 15:24
    Jon Rahm (-3) and Rickie Fowler (-2) are both off to fliers with a birdie each at the first hole. This could be a pair that pull each other along and head for the top of the leaderboard. Conditions are perfect no significant wind and receptive greens.    
  • 15:25
  • 15:30
    Matsuyama (+1) hoicks one out of bounds from the rough on 18. His fourth creeps onto the front edge of the green, his fifth, a putt, is a poor effort. The cut-line is looming into view for the Japanese golfer.  
  • 15:32
    Woods (level) pushes his seven foot birdie putt a fraction and it stays above ground. He's in a tie for 28th place going into the weekend following a pair of 71s.  
  • 15:33
    Matsuyama (+4) takes a SEVEN on the last hole and that probably means that he will miss the weekend and it's the same scenario for the Irish Open champion, Russell Knox (+4).  
  • 15:35
    Kisner (-6) back to a share of the lead with Zach Johnson after dropping a shot on 10. He hasn't had a par for four holes, two birdies and two bogeys.  
  • 15:43
    Tiger Woods (71, 71): "There were tough conditions early. The golf course was a lot slower. I think it will be a crowded leaderboard (for the weekend)."    
  • 15:43
  • 15:44
    Lowry (+3) fighting hard to make the weekend makes a birdie on the 11th.    
  • 15:44
  • 15:45
    Paul Dunne (level) is grinding away through 12 holes.  
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  • 15:48
    Rahm (-2) gives that shot back on the second while Belgium's Thomas Pieters (-2) moves up the leaderboard with back to back birdies on 10 and 11.
  • 15:51

    IRISH LEADERBOARD


    - 4 McIlroy (18)


    Level Dunne (12)


    + 3 Lowry (11)


    + 8 Harrington (18)


    + 15 Clarke (5)

  • 15:52
    Rahm (-3) is playing the 'keep a par off your card game,' and quite successfully too. Birdie, bogey, birdie through the first three holes.  
  • 15:54
    He's joined by his playing partner Fowler on the three under mark. A fast start from the American.  
  • 15:59
    There are 71 players on two over or better. Could go to three over. But that'll be it.  
  • 16:02
    Dunne (+1) drops a shot at the par three, 13th. Fowler (-3) in close again at the fourth.  
  • 16:04
    Lowry (+4) gives a shot back immediately on the 12th.  
  • 16:05
    The Offaly man may have to find a couple of birdies to make the weekend. Fowler (-4) drops his thrird birdie putt in the first four holes.  
  • 16:07
    Tony Finau (-5) pours in a 12-footer for birdie on the second.  
  • 16:09
    Wayne 'Radar' Riley on Sky Sports. "There is no wind out here. Those on three over par it's time to get those boarding cards ready."
  • 16:09
  • 16:10
    Fowler (-4) and Rahm (-3) looks like the match to follow if you're looking for a new leader at some point.  
  • 16:16
    Spieth (-1) with his second birdie of the day at the fifth. It's the fast start he craved.  
  • 16:17
  • 16:18
    Kisner (-7) reclaims the lead at 13th, holing from 15 feet. Pat Perez moves to four under.    
  • 16:19
    Rahm (-3) misses his seven foot birdie putt.  
  • 16:19
  • 16:21
    The sixth hole is now in range in two something that wasn't the case for the morning starters.  
  • 16:25
    Danny Willett (-2) birdies 14 and 15 to get back to where he started the day. Mickelson (level) with a birdie at the 13th.  
  • 16:26
    Lowry (+3) birdies the 14th. Needs to claw back one more shot coming home to make the weekend.    
  • 16:28

    Spieth catches a bunker off the tee on the sixth but three shots later and he's got about two feet for his par.  


    Lyle's (+9) last ever stroke in the British Open is a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th green. Lovely moment.  

  • 16:33
    Paul Dunne (+2) with a second bogey in three holes. He's now right on the cut mark with three holes to play. at the moment there is no wriggle room for the Greystones golfer. That may change but he can't rely on it. He needs three pars or better.    
  • 16:36
    Kisner (-7) will have an eight foot birdie putt for birdie and to extend his lead on the 14th.  
  • 16:37
    Kisner (-8) walks in the birdie putt. Two clear.  
  • 16:40
    Patrick Reed (+2) is back inside the cut mark with two birdies in his first five holes.  
  • 16:40
  • 16:42
    Fowler (-4) holes a six foot par for par on the par five, sixth after experiencing bunker trouble off the tee.  
  • 16:44
  • 16:45
    Rahm (-3) has just driven the ball out of bounds on the seventh.  
  • 16:48
    Van Rooyen (67, 71) sought a ruling on the 18th green. He accidentally dropped his putter on his ball marker and wasn't sure where he marker had been. Three years ago he would have been penalised but now under the rules they guesstimated where his marker had been and he was allowed to place the ball without penalty.    
  • 16:48
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  • 16:50
    Dunne (+2, through 16) and Lowry (+3, through 15) are fighting to be here at the weekend. Cut mark remains two over for now.  
  • 16:52
    South African Zander Lombard (-5) birdies the third.  
  • 16:54
    Rahm (-3) plays three off the tee on seven and his fourth shot to the par four from 103 yards slips off the green and down a slope. He's shortsided himself. He's looking at double bogey.  
  • 16:54
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  • 16:57
    Lowry (+4) makes bogey on the par three, 16th and now realistically needs two birdies to make the weekend.  
  • 16:58
    SEVEN: That's what Rahm (level) has taken after going out of bounds at the par four, seventh slipping from three under to level.  
  • 17:00
    Johnny Watterson is back following his siesta, looking relaxed and refreshed. He'll keep you up to date with how Dunne (+2) and Lowry (+4) finish their rounds and who, if, anyone can catch Kisner (-8).  
  • 17:04
    That loud noise you here is Rahm exploding after shooting a triple bogey 7 on the par-4 7th hole. He falls back to level par and is +2 for the day.
  • 17:09

    Pat Perez is coming on to the radar. He's well known in the states with a radio show. Big character. He's -3 for the day and -5 for the tournament   thru 11 holes.


    PS the wheels are coming off Rahm. He has plugged in the bunker after his triple 7 on the seventh.  

  • 17:11
  • 17:15
    Paul Dunne is currently in for the weekend with just the 18th to play. A par here would be enough to keep him on the cut line on +2
  • 17:17
    Rahm makes bogey on 8 and he's in trouble in a fairway bunker on 9 where he will have to play out side ways. He's dropped 4 shots in two holes and is about to drop another.
  • 17:19
    Rahm is throwing the clubs now. Completely understand that as he has missed the green on 9. This is a melt down.
  • 17:25

    Spieth hits a beautiful draw around a tree from the rough at the 10th. Best shot of the day sets up birdie chance.He needs it at -1.


    Rahm has gone TRIPLE bogey, BOGEY, DOUBLE bogey to go out in 41. Don't ask for his autograph after the round. He's +5 instead of -1 not so long ago.

  • 17:28
  • 17:34
    Big mistake from Kisner on -8 from the rough on 18. He tried to muscle it over the burn but didn't make it. Deep in thought he now has to drop and try to get close to minimise the damage.
  • 17:38
    Leader Kisner (-8) is on the green in 4 blows after dropping from the water and has a long put for bogey. Could be a double here that would take him back to -6. In the perfectly biased world we live in, that's good for Rory McIlroy on -4.
  • 17:39
  • 17:44
    Spieth has his eye in with the blade. A pushed drive and draw around a try at 10 is followed by a smash out of the rough on 11 and a birdie putt that he sinks. Spieth is now at 3-under after back to back birdies.
  • 17:51
    Kisner closes his round with a DOUBLE. A sting in the tale for him for sure. But he still shares the lead on -6 with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard. A 'Kev' leading the Open with two guys whose names behgin with Z.
  • 17:53
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  • 18:01

    World Ranking of the Open leaders at the moment: -6 Z. Johnson 52

    -6 Kisner 33

    -6 Perez 37

    -6 Lombard 444

    -5 Fleetwood 10

    -5 Finau 31

    -4 McIlroy 8

    -4 van Rooyen 144

    -3 Chappell 61

    -3 Spieth 6

    -3 Fowler 7

  • 18:04
  • 18:07
    Pat Perez rattles in a birdie putt at the 14th to go six under alongside Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner and Zander Lombard.
  • 18:09

    Shane Lowry ended his second round on +5 and goes home with Padraig Harrington on +8.


    Paul Dunne made par on the last threee holes to come in on +2 and he stays for the weekend.

  • 18:17
    Zander (-6) Lombard's previous 13 starts:

    Cut
    Cut
    Cut
    Cut
    T-34
    Cut
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    Cut
    Cut
    Cut
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    T-6
    Cut
  • 18:24
    Just when we weren't looking in that direction last year's runner-up Matt Kuchar has played his way into contention on three under after back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th
  • 18:29
    Justin Rose is going down the plug hole like many other players. He came to Carnoustie early to learn the character of the course and is depressingly +4 thru 14 holes
  • 18:33
    Birdie number five for Spieth on the par-5 14th hole. He doesn't get the eagle putt but happily taps in for birdie. That's three birdies in the first five holes of the back nine for the defending champion.
  • 18:38
  • 18:41
  • 18:49
    Good putt from off the back of the green at 15 from Spieth. He makes par and moves to the 16th hole on 5-under par. He is -5 for the day and -4 for the tournament. Great defence of the title from the young American.
  • 18:59
    With three players   on -6 and three players on -5 and four players on -4, this is an open British Open. Spieth is in a bit of bother on 16 but no one is winning this competition today. Follow all the action tomorrow with the Irish Times with full coverage of the third round. From an Irish view point Lowry and Harrington are out and will not play the weekend. Dunne made the cut - just, while McIlroy is in contention. Here is a leaderboard that will update throughout the evening. Good evening.
  • 19:00