British Open: Spieth chips in for birdie in round two

Annette Crawford
July 21, 2018

Cold and wet conditions greeted the early starters in the second round and McIlroy was forced to tinker with his game plan at Carnoustie, playing conservatively in shooting a 2-under 69 that left him two strokes off Zach Johnson's clubhouse lead.

Asked about the possibility of becoming the first Englishman to win a British Open in 26 years, Fleetwood said: "It would be very special". He found Carnoustie "a little bit softer today", where he could "control the ball on the ground a little bit easier", so that "the ball wasn't rolling 80, 90 yards like it was yesterday".

Johnson holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th and had a one-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood at the midway point of the second round.

Zach Johnson, Kisner, Spieth and Fowler are sharing a house down the street from the course with a private chef cooking them meals and massage therapists on duty.

He added: "The reverence I have for this championship, and specifically the Claret Jug, I'm not suggesting someone doesn't have higher reverence for it, but I'd argue with them".

Johnson was at 6-under 136 and had to wait to see if it would hold up. The 14-time major champion's birdie putt from 8 feet at the 18th rolled just past the right edge.

Hang on tight for a wild weekend at Carnoustie.

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It took a chunk out of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, the Nos.

Woods answered with a pair of birdies, and it was give-and-take the rest of the way.

He said: "This is a young kid who's still one of the best players in the world". He looks like a robot out there when I see him practise putting.

McIlroy, meanwhile, was within one shot until a long three-putt from just off the 12th green. He gave another shot back on the 15th when he pulled his second shot toward the gallery, though he made enough birdies to stay within range.

Sergio still hasn't quite gotten over his Masters hangover, and his two rounds of 75 and 71 resulted in Garcia missing his fourth straight cut at a major, stretching back to the 2017 PGA Championship.

"I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left", explained Woods. He made another bogey on the next hole, and just like that he was on the cut line.

Lyle was accorded the honour by the R&A of hitting the opening tee shot on Thursday, in line with the recent trend which saw Mark O'Meara past year and Colin Montgomerie at Troon in 2016 do the same, and he found the fairway for the first of three pars before he followed up with birdies at the 4th and 6th, either side of a bogey, to get his name on the leaderboard once again.

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