Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Open Championship: While you were sleeping, Day 2

Open Championship: While you were sleeping, Day 2

But after parring the first four holes, he exploded into life with three birdies and an eagle in just four holes to close to within one shot of overall leader JB Holmes.

Two good tournaments got Bob MacIntyre into the British Open. "It shows a little consistency".

World number one Brooks Koepka suffered another cool day with the putter but is lurking ominously on five under after a two-under 69 in his second round. It's the first time in 83 major championships in which both Mickelson and Woods started that they both missed the weekend cut.

"Every time you play in an Open you're going to have unique conditions where it's going to be windy and more than likely rainy", Holmes said. I love Memphis, I love the course, I love everything about the event, but I'm just not playing well. "Will be fantastic." Fleetwood grew up playing links golf at Southport and delighted the crowd with a birdie on the 18th. In all he would register five birdies in the first 10 holes, including a monster putt on the 10th.

"I felt uncomfortable on the first tee, I was glad it was downwind so it was only a three iron", he said.

Shane Lowry of Ireland covered the front nine in 31 to nudge ahead as the weather worsened in the afternoon. "I feel like if I can continue to improve each day, hit the ball better tomorrow than I did today, and better on Sunday than Saturday, then I should have a chance with how I'd feel on and around the greens". "Was up to the test and, again, did a lot of good stuff", said Fleetwood.

"I can't explain how good the crowds were, a day that I'll remember".

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A flurry of birdies early in a sizzling outward nine of 31 looked like giving the 32-year-old from across the border the outright lead but a bogey at the 18th left him on eight under after successive rounds of 67. "I figure out where the miss is and where I'm trying to put it and then go from there".

"But (is there) too much expectation, no, I don't think so".

Jon Rahm, a two-time Irish Open victor at nearby Portstewart and in the south at Lahinch two weeks ago, joined Holmes and Webb Simpson as the only players to reach 5 under at any point during the day.

Woods raised hopes that he could recover from a hard opening round with his troublesome back restricting his movement in cold conditions.

Woods amassed a bogey six at the hole - the same hole that cost his former nemesis David Duval a 14 - to slide to four over.

Asked about the enormous support he will receive over the weekend, the 32-year-old from Offaly added: "Next week I'l be in Memphis and there'll probably be 10 men and a dog following me".

Northern Irish local Rory McIlroy has had a round to forget, quadruple-bogeying the first and shooting eight over to lie 150th.

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