Jordan Spieth supreme in The Open, pulling away from the field at Royal Birkdale during a wet second round afternoon session.
Jordan, USA, shot -1 under 69, to extend his lead in The Open to two shots at -6 under par. An Eagle at 15 was lucky;
“I mis-hit it, and I was very fortunate to scoot that last bunker.”
“It was definitely a good break. It wasn’t a bad play. We knew we’d stolen one.”
Keeping the American stranglehold on this competition is Matt Kuchar, in second place, his second round of +1 over par leaving him at -4 under for the tournament.
Sharing third place, at -3 under are Ian Poulter, England, even par 70 today, and Brooks Koepka, USA, with +2 over par 72 second round.
Poults is pumped up;
“I qualified for The Open. I’m loving it. I really am. “
“This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait.”
“I’m excited. I’m pumped up, I mean I’m ready to go out there toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”
Rory McIlroy played himself back into the competition, -2 under 68 today, with an improved performance with the putter giving him a -1 under total and T 7;
Notables missing the cut, at +5 over par, are Phil Mickelson +10. Padraig Harrington +6, Justin Thomas +7, Patrick Reed +8, Louis Oosthuizen and Billy Horschel, both with +12 over par.
Phil suffered only his fourth ever cut;
“I missed it with flair.”
“I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp. But obviously it wasn’t.”