Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Rory McIlroy charges up British Open leaderboard early Friday


Fleetwood's 6-under 65 on Friday was the low score, and first bogey-free round, thus far at Carnoustie. A relatively unknown player in Erik van Rooyen took the lead early but was later passed by Kevin Kisner, who finished the day at five-under and now sits alone at the top of the leaderboard.

The four-times major victor, though, found his form just after the turn and put himself in a tie for the lead after 14 holes - before falling back one stroke to four under par for a second round of 69 in succession.

Three of his housemates also were under par - PGA champion Justin Thomas (69), two-time major champion Zach Johnson (70), and Rickie Fowler (70).

Conditions look set to improve for the later starters on the links on the east coast of Scotland, after grey skies and persistent rain hampered those teeing off in the morning.

Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, was headed toward being the first No. 1 player in the world to miss the cut at The Open since Luke Donald in 2011 at Royal St. George's. "I've had some success the last couple of Open Championships, which has been fun".

The world number 10 put himself into contention at the halfway stage with a superb round which did not feature a single bogey. 3 and 4. The second one was from distance.

The person in most danger was the steward kneeling down in an attempt to keep the crowd back, but he didn't seem to have much knowledge of his close shave as his attention was firmly on those spectators in front of him.

Schleiden said he expects Thursday's use of the KT Tape by Tiger to be a "big boost" to the company's sales. I saw him on the putting green and I just thought: "I'll go and say 'hey mate".

This year sees Rory McIlroy among the home players hoping to break the American domination of the majors. Woods recorded three bogies against just one birdie on the back nine to end at even on the day.

It's awesome how the conditions have changed since yesterday.

Another birdie followed at the fourth and Woods nearly conjured another at the fifth with a snaking putt after his approach had drifted into a deep green-side hollow. Despite the rain, it's been conducive to scoring. He hasn't been as aggressive as he was yesterday and has been a little bit more defensive for two reasons.

Tommy Fleetwood brings to mind some of the best ball-strikers of yesteryear.

Spieth promptly produced a double at the 15th and a bogey at the par-three 16th after a poor tee-shot to hand four hours of hard work back in 20 minutes.

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