The second round of the 147th Open Championship started bright and early Friday (1:35 a.m. ET to be exact), as a wet Carnoustie from rain all morning has resulted in a distinctly different golf course from the historically firm conditions on Day 1.
The opening round of the British Open featured a fun, yet und the left rough surprising leaderboard, but was a little achy for Tiger Woods and a tad uneven for defending champion Jordan Spieth. But there is still a lot of golf left and Friday will determine who gets to stick around on the coast of Scotland this weekend.
Tiger Woods shot an even-par 71 on Friday for the second-consecutive day. Woods was two over after 3 then made back-to-back birdies on 4 and 5 to get to even par. He briefly reached red numbers after a birdie on 14 but gave that back with a bogey on 16, then missed a seven footer for birdie on 18. He will be disappointed not to have shot under par today, but he will play the weekend for just the third time in his last eight major starts.
Stay tuned all day long for highlights and analysis as the round unfolds. Or, if you prefer the bare bones, follow along with our live leaderboard.
3:32 p.m. - Zander finishes at -4, ties Xander
Zander Lombard narrowly missed a birdie putt on 18 to finish at four under. That putt would have tied him with the man who shares his name, Xander Schauffele. In his post-round interview with the Golf Channel, Schauffele quipeed that Zander is playing good golf even though he spells his name wrong.
That'll conclude the live blog for today. There are still a few groups on the course, but there are no players who are under par for the tournament stil playing. Thanks for following along!
3:07 p.m. - Fowler in at -3; Finau -4; Schauffele finish at -5
Rickie Fowler bogeyed the difficult par-3 16th to drop back to three under but finished with solid pars on 17 and 18 to finish just three back of the lead going into the weekend. Tony Finau missed a 10-footer for par on 18 to drop back to four under, while Xander Schauffele got up and down from the bunker to finish at five under.
Zander Lomard has dropped back down to five under and he's playing the 17th, so it's almost certain that the lead going into tomorrow will be six under.
2:30 p.m. - Lombard rejoins lead; Kuchar in at -4, Spieth -3; Rose clutch birdie
Zander Lombard, world No. 444 who has made just six cuts in 18 starts this year, just birdied the par-5 14th (as everyone has been doing) to get back to six-under. Meanwhile, last year's runner up in this tournament, Matt Kuchar, rolled in a 20 footer for birdie on 18 to get in at four-under. Jordan Spieth struggled a bit down the stretch for the second straight day, as he had to scramble to save bogey at 16, but he rebounded with solid pars on 17 and 18 to get in a three under. He'll enter the weekend squarely in contention to defend his title.
Justin Rose needed to birdie the 18th to avoid missing the cut. Had he missed it, it would have been just the second time since the inception of the world ranking that the top three players in the world all missed the cut at a major (happened at last year's U.S. Open). But Rose was able to make a 3 on 18 after a solid iron shot, which got him to three over. It looks like he'll stick around for the weekend, as it's looking more and more like three over will be the cut.
2:05 p.m. - Tony Finau ties the lead; Lombard and Perez drop to -5
This guy Tony Finau knows how to play in major championships. He finished T10 at Augusta after famously twisting his ankle during the par 3 contest and finished fifth at the U.S. Open. Now, he's tied for the British Open lead at six under after making birdie on the par-5 14th. His playing partner, Xander Schauffele, made eagle on the hole to get to four under.
Finau is currently 14th in the U.S. Ryder Cup points standings while Schauffele is 15th. The top 8 get in automatically, and the majors are doubly important as far as the points race goes. So both players could really use a high finish to avoid counting on one of four captain's picks.
Pat Perez bogeyed the 18th to get in at five under, while Zander Lombard is also one back now after making bogey at 12.
1:25 p.m. - Former Open champions playing well; Spieth charging
Stewart Cink, who denied a 59-year-old Tom Watson the Open Championship in 2009 by beating him in a playoff, nearly holed out his approach on 18 to shoot one-under 70 and get in at even par for the tournament. Phil Mickelson, who won at Muirfield in 2013, shot two-under 69 to also get in at even par. Both players will play the weekend.
Jordan Spieth, the defending champion, is charging. After a two-putt birdie at the par-5 14th, he is now five under for his round and four under for the championship. He's just two behind the quartet of players sharing the lead at six-under.
12:51 p.m. - Two more join the lead, cut hovering between +2 and +3
Two more guys have reached six under—world No. 444 Zander Lombard, a South African who shot four under Thursday, and Pat Perez, the jovial American. Perez is four under for his second round on the strength of five straight one-putts.
The British Open's cut rule is the top 70 players plus ties. Currently, there are exactly 69 players at two over or better...which means the cut is, as of right now, three over. But that's subject to change many times throughout the day. Whether the cut is two or three over could come down to one of the last few groups at later than 9 p.m. local time.
12:36 p.m. - Kisner finds the burn, doubles 18
Bad Kevin! Kisner found the left deep stuff with his drive then made an ill-advised decision. While Jim "Bones" MacKay, Phil Mickelson's former caddy, was saying on the broadcast that the smart play would be a lay up short of the burn, Kisner decided to try and muscle one toward the green. His approach did indeed find the burn, forcing him to take a drop then play his fourth, which check up well short of the flag. He two-putted from there for a double-bogey 6.
That is such, such a costly mistake. Instead of going into the weekend with a one- or two-shot lead, he's tied with Zach Johnson. Suddenly guys like Tiger Woods, at even par, are just six back. Plus, Kisner was putting so well that had he laid up and hit a wedge anywhere near the hole, he'd have a good chance of saving par.
12:11 p.m. - Rahm plays himself out of it; Finau, Spieth solid
In my pre-tournament predictions, I picked Jon Rahm on the pretenses that he would be able to avoid the big numbers that have killed him in the past. It's not just that he makes them; it's that he compounds them by getting frustrated and playing angry. Well, he did exactly that at the Open Championship. After missing a makeable birdie putt on 6, Rahm made a triple-bogey 7 on the 7th hole then followed it up with a bogey on 8. He goes from squarely in contention at three under to battling to make the cut at one over.
In better news, Tony Finau is going along nicely. He's one under for his round and five under for the tournament. He's in a tie for third and just three back of Kevin Kisner, who is playing the 17th. Reminder: Finau has finished in the top 10 in both of the previous majors this year.
Jordan Spieth is two under for his round and one under for the tournament. His round was jump-started by a chip-in birdie at the 3rd.
11:32 a.m. - Kisner back to -8, Phil giving himself some cut cushion
This man Kevin Kisner can roll the rock. After needing just 22 putts on Thursday, he's dropped multiple birdie putts outside 20 feet to keep his momentum on the greens alive on Friday. The latest came on 13 to get him to seven under, then he got up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 14th to become the first player to reach eight-under. His lead is two over Zach Johnson, and he has just 43 putts over his first 32 holes. That'll do.
Phil Mickelson just made his fifth birdie of the day to get to even par for the tournament and two under for his round. He is now playing the par-5 14th but had to play sideways after finding a fairway bunker.
11:05 a.m. - Rickie Fowler off to hot start
Fowler, who has had success in the Open Championship (two top-five finishes) and finished T-6 last week in the Scottish Open, has birdied three of his first four holes to get to four under for the tournament. He's now just two back of the lead held by Johnson and Kisner. Fowler's playing alongside Jon Rahm, who is one under for the day through four and three under for the tournament. Certainly a group to keep an eye on.
Phil Mickelson is one under for his round and one over for the tournament through 11 holes. It's been an up-and-down round for Lefty—he tends to have those—as he's made four birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey. The projected cut line is currently two over.
10:31 a.m. - Tiger misses short birdie on 18, shoots 71 for second straight day
Tiger hit anoooother long iron for his drive on 18 and split the fairway. He then hit probably his best iron of the day, a towering 6-iron that never left the flag and finished about six feet from the cup. He thought his putt was going in and gave it that little early step, but it took a late turn right and caught the lip but did not fall. That's an even-par 71 for the second straight day.
That was a really good opportunity to get in under par and hope the lead stays around six or seven under going into the weekend. You can never be upset with a par on 18 at Carnoustie, but if you could, this is what it would look like. He is guaranteed to make the cut but currently sits six back of Kisner, who just made a bogey to drop from seven under, and Zach Johnson.
10:16 a.m. - Justin Thomas to miss the cut, more marquee groups on the course
Justin Thomas—who showed up to the golf course wearing KT tape on his neck, just as Tiger has been doing...coincidence? You decide—shot six-over 77 today to finish at four over. The world No. 2, like world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, is going to miss the cut for the second straight Open Championship.
The group of Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat has started its second round, as has the Jon Rahm-Rickie Fowler-Chris Wood. Spieth and Rose, who both shot one over on Thursday, both made par. Rahm is in good position to make birdie and get to three under.
9:51 a.m. - Tiger bogeys 16 to drop to E, lead now -7
Tiger has hit some poor tee shots on par 3's today. On 13, he was able to get up-and-in for par by making a 15 footer. He found the bunker on 16 and blasted out to about 15 feet, but this time he couldn't convert. While that was happening, Kevin Kisner birdied seven to push the lead to seven-under. All the sudden, Tiger is seven back.
Remember when we said Mickelson has a good chance to put together a special round? That's when he was three under through five and going to a par 5 next. He then pull-hooked his drive wayyyy right, then found the burn with his second, took a drop, greenside bunker with his fourth, blast out to 15 feet, missed the putt. A double-bogey seven brings him back to one under for the day and one over for the tournament. Phil being Phil.
9:23 a.m. - Tiger, Phil into red numbers
Nice to see the two legends in the red. Tiger ended up two-putting from about 20 feet on 14 for birdie after his eagle attempt didn't have enough pace.
Mickelson could have a special round in the works. He birdied 5 to get to three under for the day and one under for the tournament and has a par 5 up next, Should be a fun afternoon of Lefty golf.
9:12 a.m. - Phil back to even, Kisner ties lead, Tiger putting for eagle
Phil Mickelson is off to a nice start in his second round, as he just birdied the fourth hole to get to two under for his round and even par for the tournament.
Kevin Kisner, who slept on the lead after a five-under 66 on Thursday, made a really impressive birdie 3 at 5 to get to six under. He joins Zach Johnson at that number, and he's now at the par-5 6th with a good chance to take it to seven under.
Meanwhile, Tiger has hit the par-5 14th green in two with a beautiful 5-iron. He'll have a good look—call it 15 feet—to get to two under for the tournament.
9:01 a.m. - Big par save for Tiger, stays E heading to par 5
As Gary McCord just set on the telecast, Tiger has really struggled to build any momentum in this tournament. In the first round, he made two birdies early but gave them back. Today, he made a couple birdies before bogeying 9. And it looked like he might make another buzzkill bogey on 13 after he made a nice birdie on 11 and two-putted from 126 feet on 12.
Tiger's tee shot on the par 3 was flailed short and right, finishing behind the bunker with the pin tucked just over that bunker. He couldn't really do much with the chip, and it rolled out to about 15 feet, but he curled in a left-to-right par effort. He punctuated that with a little fist pump. With the par-5 14th up next, the easiest hole on the course, he has a great chance to get into red numbers once again.
8:48 a.m. - Mickelson birdies the first, Tiger two putts from 126 feet
Phil Mickelson shot a two-over 73 early yesterday but started his second round with a birdie on the first. That'll be a nice jolt as he looks to get back to red numbers for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Tiger laid well back on 12 with another iron off the tee and had over 200 yards into the green, into the wind. His approach found the dance floor but had to look on the jumbotron to see the band. He was a full 126 feet from the cup, putting from the way right side of the green to the way left side, over a ridge to boot. His lag, which required almost a full shoulder turn, rolled out to about four feet past the hole, and he was able to convert that for par. A solid one to keep momentum up.
Also, how cool is Tom Lehman?! The guy is 59 years old, rocking a backwards hat and dropping in birdies at the Open Championship. Boss.
8:19 a.m. - Zach Johnson pushes lead to -6, Tiger back to even
Zach Johnson quietly has a very good history at the British Open—the 67 he posted today was his ninth round of 67 or better at the Open Championship since 2010, the most of any player. The 2015 Open champion birdied the difficult 18 to become the first player to reach six under for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Tiger picked up a birdie at the difficult 11th after a crisp 8-iron left him about 15 feet for birdie. The putt was dead center. Can Tiger build on that momentum and get to red numbers for the tournament?
7:55 a.m. - Tiger bogeys 9 to drop to +1, DJ misses cut
Tiger's putting pressure on himself by hitting so many irons off tees, as he's often leaving himself 200+ yards into the greens. He missed the green at nine then hit a chip to about six feet, but his par putt caught the right lip and did not drop. So that's a one-over 37 on the front, and he just blew his tee shot well right on 10 with driver. Woods isn't swinging very well today and he appears to be fighting his game.
Right after the last update, Dustin Johnson made a bogey on 17 then followed that up with a double on 18 after finding the burn with his second. The world No. 1 will miss the cut, and it'll be the first time he's finished worse than t-17 in a stroke play event since last September.
7:40 a.m. - Rory in at -4, DJ fighting to make cut
Rory McIlroy has shot a two-under 69 for the second-straight day and is in the clubhouse at four-under, one back of the lead held by Tommy Fleetwood, Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner. McIlroy made four birdies and two bogeys, and nearly dropped a fifth birdie on 18. He'll love his position going into the weekend, and he's in a good position to chase his second British Open title.
World no. 1 Dustin Johnson struggled mightily on the back nine yesterday and made a triple-bogey 7 on 18 to shoot a five-over 76. Predictably, he's bounced back today and is two under for his round through 16. He is now three over for the tournament, he'd do well to make one more birdie coming in if he wants to guarantee sticking around for the weekend. That being said, the cut is likely to be at least three over by day's end.
7:32 a.m. - Two more pars for Tiger (E through 8)
After making just one par over his first four holes, Tiger has now made three in a row. His drive on 7, with an iron, was another leaky right miss and found some heavy stuff down the right. He was not able to advance it to the green from there but hit a nifty pitch from about 45 yards with his third to about three feet, then made the par putt. On the par-3 8th, he hit a beautiful high cut to the back right pin and had about 20 feet for birdie. His effort was on line but a few rolls short. On to 9.
7:20 a.m. - Fleetwood posts 65, ties the lead at -5
Tommy Fleetwood knows how to shoot a low score at Carnoustie. He shot 63 there in last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and he just posted the low round of the tournament thus far with a six-under 65 after a birdie on 18. He gets into the clubhouse at five-under for the tournament, tied with Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson, the latter of whom is on the 15th hole.
The 27-year-old, who shot 63 on Sunday to finish second at Shinnecock, is quickly establishing himself as one of the game's biggest stars. He's in fantastic position heading into the weekend
7:05 a.m. - Par for Tiger (E through 6), Koepka into red numbers
Tiger went with driver on the par-5 6th, which is playing close to 600 yards and dead into the wind today. For the second time today with the big stick he missed well right, but unlike last time this ball found a trampled down area and was sitting just fine in the rough. He punched an iron back into the fairway but still had 180 yards in, and making matters worse his ball was in a sand divot. His third finished about 60 feet short and he hit a good lag to tap-in range.
Meanwhile, two-time reigning U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka is into red numbers for the tournament as he is two-under for the day and one-under for the tournament. Through nine holes yesterday, he was five-over. Remember, he was five-over after his first round at Shinnecock, and we all know how that turned out. I wrote about Koepka's resolve in my takeaways from yesterday's round—the guy just never gives up and stays so patient.
6:37 a.m. - Tiger back to even par for day/tournament, Rory tied for the lead
That's the exact way to bounce back from two disappointing bogeys. After getting one back at 4, Tiger found the fariway on 5 leaving 180ish yards to a back pin. He muscled an 8-iron that was right at the flag but finished about 40 feet short...then he made it. Just a perfect putt that fell over the front lip with its last roll. He's back to even par for the day (and the tournament) with a par 5 coming up next. Great bounce-back.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy birdied 13 and 14 to get to to fiove-under and he is now tied for the lead. The birdie on 14 was particularly impressive, as his drive found a fairway bunker and he hit a gutsy second over a sizable lip to get up by the green. From there, up and down for birdie on the par 5. Zach Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood are still one back.
6:24 a.m. - Bounce-back birdie for Tiger, back to +1
That's more like it, Mr. Woods. He went aggressive with driver off the tee and split the fairway. When you hit driver in the fairway, you are often rewarded, and that was the case here as he had just 122 yards in. He hit a nice wedge that spun to about 12 feet below the hole, and his birdie effort snuck in the left side. A big, big birdie to right the ship a bit.
6:20 a.m. - Say it ain't so, JT; Rory drops a shot, Fleetwood one back
About two hours ago, world No. 2 Justin Thomas was going along nicely, at two-under and just three back of the lead. He then went 7-6-5 for three double-bogeys in a row and shot a six-over 42 on the front nine. He's now four-over and likely needs to pick up a few on the back if he's to make the cut.
Rory McIlroy dropped back to three-under after a bogey on 11, a hole he hit driver on yesterday en route to a birdie. This time around he went with iron and left himself mroe than 240 yards into the par 4. Tommy Fleetwood birdied the par-5 14th, the easiest hole on the course, to reach four-under and is just one back. He's five-under for his day.
6:09 a.m. - Another bogey for Tiger (+2)...time for concern
Terrible start for Tiger on a day where so many guys are taking it low. He went with iron off the tee and found the fairway, then hit a pretty poor approach that finished 50 feet short of the flag. He raced his birdie effort a solid seven feet past the hole, then his par effort wasn't hard or high enough. A dejecting bogey after he had a great look for his second, and he's now in a tie for 67th. Not time to panic just yet, but he needs to get this round back on track in a hurry.
5:54 a.m. - Tiger bogeys 2, drops to +1 for tournament
Tiger played really conservatively yesterday, hitting just one driver. Perhaps his tee shot on 2 today is the reason why he's so hesitant to hit the big stick—it was a foul ball well right and found thick fesue. Making matters worse, the ball was well above his feet, and he still had over 200 yards left to the pin. Instead of just chipping out and trying to wedge one close, he attempted to slick a high hook onto the green, but the fescue turned his clubface and the ball come out low. It hit some patrons before stopping about 140 yards from the hole, and from there he found the center of the green and lagged a par putt to about a foot.
Certainly not a very good start, as it would have been big to move into red numbers early in this round. But that really could have been much worse, as that second shot could have ended up anywhere. A curious decision not to just wedge out and try and to get up-and-down with a wedge for par.
5:33 a.m. - Tiger pars 1; Fleetwood, Johnson, McIlroy near lead
Tiger Woods started his second round with an iron tee shot that split the first fairway but did not roll out nearly as much as yesterday's first tee shot. That's because of the added moisture on the fairways, a result of a steady but not overbearing rain that's been falling all morning. His approach from 157 yards found the center of the green, and his 30-foot birdie effort slid by on the right side. A tap-in par.
Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood is taking it low in a major once again. The man who shot 63 in the final round at Shinnecock—and the guy who owns the Carnoustie course record with a 63 in last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship—is four-under through his first 11 holes. He's now just two back. Rory McIlroy is one back of Kevin Kisner's five-under total, as the 2014 Open champion shot a one-under 35 on his opening nine then curled in a 20-footer for birdie on 10.
Another former Open champion is just one back—Zach Johnson, who won at St. Andrews in 2015. He's two-under for his day through eight and four-under total. Non-humble brag: I identified him as one of my long shots (he was 100-1) to wager on in my pre-tournament picks.
3:55 a.m. - JT on the course, Fleetwood climbing
Justin Thomas made his way onto the course and is even through two, still sitting at two-under with nine others, including McIlroy. There hasn't been much noise on the leaderboard so far this morning, but Tommy Fleetwood is in the red with back-to-back birdies to get him to one-under. DJ gained a shot with a birdie at 3, but he's still four-over in the tournament, so he'll likely need a few more of those to stick around for the weekend.
3:24 a.m. - DJ gets started, Rory showing off his short game
Dustin Johnson is still sticking with driver this morning, blasting his tee shot down the fairway and was about 60 yards from the green. His birdie try went wide, but a par start for the world No. 1 in Round 2.
Rory's second tee shot found the rough and his approach fell short of the green, but he was able to save par with a beautiful touch and still sits at two-under on the leaderboard, even for the day.
2:54 a.m. - Rory tees off, Moore within one
Rory McIlroy blasts his drive 322 yards down the fairway at 1, staying true to his word that he will continue to play the course aggressively. As the fairways start to slow, McIlroy was still able to get his tee shot to roll on past the crosswalk.
The group of Jimmy Walker, Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood all had birdie looks on 1, but none were able to gain a stroke. Ryan Moore birdied the third hole to get to four-under and is just one shot off Kevin Kisner's lead.
1:50 a.m. - The rain has already begun
After a beautiful summer day for Round 1, it's looking more like the notorious, overcast Scottish coast for Round 2. The rain started before the first group teed off and has begun to soften up the course. The fairways have slowed a bit but the course is still playing relatively firm for now. If the forecast stays true, the rain is supposed to be steady throughout the day so the groups teeing off later in the day will likely have a different course than this morning crew.