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British Open at a glance

At a glance

HOYLAKE, England – A brief look at the second round yesterday at the British Open:

LEADING: Rory McIlroy with a 6-under 66 and was at 12-under 132.

TRAILING: Dustin Johnson, with a tournament-best 65, was four shots behind.

STILL PLAYING: Tiger Woods made his only birdie on the last hole for a 77 to make the cut on the number at 2-over 146.

GOING HOME: Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and Ian Poulter were among those missing the cut.

ROYAL LIVERPOOL REPEAT: McIlroy’s 36-hole score of 132 was the same as Tiger Woods when he won at Royal Liverpool in 2006. Woods had a one-shot lead over Ernie Els in 2006. McIlroy had a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.

Today’s FORECAST: Because of the severe weather in the forecast, the third round will start on both tees. It’s the first two-tee start in Open history.

ROUND OF THE DAY: Dustin Johnson had seven birdies in his round of 65.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Sergio Garcia holed out with a 6-iron on the second hole for eagle. Garcia holed out with a 9-iron in the third round at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

CAPTAIN TOM: Tom Watson broke his own record as the oldest player (64) to make the cut.

NOTEWORTHY: McIlroy has made only one bogey in 36 holes.

QUOTEWORTHY: “Hopefully, I put it to bed today.” – Rory McIlroy, on his streak of high scores on Friday.

TEE TIMES: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari (first tee), 6:01 a.m.; Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rhein Gibson, 6:01 a.m. (10th tee).

TELEVISION: Today, 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ESPN.


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HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance yesterday in the British Open. Once he made a birdie, and then another, nothing could stop McIlroy. Not …

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