Day 2 Highlights Golf: The Open


Day 2 Highlights

Eilidh Barbour presents highlights from the second round of the Open Championship from Royal Birkdale. It was American Phil Mickelson who led after the second round in 2016.


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COMMENTATOR: Spieth, Koepka and Kuchar leading the way, 5-under par.

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So it is America leading the way after day one of this year's Hope

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Championship but can we say the same at close of play today? Welcome to a

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very windy Royal Birkdale. As blowy as it is now, nothing compared to

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what we've been told to expect later this afternoon. Can't wait. Before

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we see how the wind is affecting play, here's Andrew Cotter with a

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quick round-up with the best of yesterday. On day one the honour of

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the opening tee shot went to the 1998 champion Mark O'Meara, getting

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an eight, it was that kind of day. Things improved with the newer crop

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of Americans, Jordan Spieth was bogey free and good enough for five

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birdies in his opening 65. Brooks Koepka hasn't played a tournament

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since his first major win last month. Eagle from the sand on 17. 65

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format Kuchar also, who found his birdies in his outward nine of 29 --

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for Matt Kuchar also. Ian Poulter was 6-under, a runner-up a few years

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ago and with the confidence of old. But problems with the big names, the

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final round at Troon is a distant memory. Mickelson, not a single

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birdie on his way to 73. McIlroy was fired over after six holes, but four

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birdies on the back nine, 71 and hope for better things on day two --

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was 5-over after six holes. Impressive scoring by Paul Casey too

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and Ian Poulter and it was an Open data remember for Osteen Connelly. A

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drama free day for the three at the top, just one bogey between them.

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The same can't quite be said for Rory McIlroy, 5-over par after his

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first six holes, but what a recovery down the back nine. He's one of the

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early starters today and Ken Brown has been checking his final

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preparations. Thank you, Rory is on the first tee over the bridge there.

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Different conditions and what a good day it was for him in the end, after

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being 5-over par early on he eventually went round in 71. The

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wind is blowing 180 degrees difference. If you look at the

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flags, they were blowing the opposite yesterday. The 1st hole

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yesterday was into the wind but today it is virtually down breeze.

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The weather forecast, medal of the day, strong wind, cold as well, soap

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will be the toughest day of the week but you never know on the links,

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things can change so quickly. McIlroy wanders off, fingers crossed

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he has a good day today. The early tee times are the ones you

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want today. Fowler and Scott hoping to make up ground, they are out with

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birthday boy Paul Casey at 8:25am. Then the first of the leading trio,

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Matt Kuchar getting underway after them. Richie Ramsay is looking for

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another good round, along with New Zealand's Ryan Fox. Can McIlroy

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continue his sensational comeback? He goes out with Dustin Johnson and

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former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Into the afternoon, just

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after 1pm, Sweden's Alex Noren and Scotland's Russell Knox, alongside

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Ian Poulter who finds himself right amongst it. The final two overnight

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leaders, bogey free Jordan Spieth yesterday, hoping to repeat that,

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along with the defending champion Henrik Stenson. Just after 3pm, the

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US Open champion Brooks Koepka is hoping for back-to-back Majors.

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Tommy Fleetwood is looking for a better day in front of his home

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support. Let's see how some of the early starters were faring. Joost

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Luiten with a tee shot on the par-3 4th hole, the Dutchman last made it

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to the weekend's played at The Open Championship back in 2012 but that

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tee shot would leave him for birdie, which would put him on 3-under par.

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Overnight leader Matt Kuchar dropped a shot on the second but here he is

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with his third shot on the par-4 3rd hole. In it goes to move him back to

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5-under par. Back to the par-3, Sergio Garcia, who got lucky with

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the lie of that drive but still a tricky shot. Still looking at a drop

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shot there. Frustration showing from the Spaniard. Would he live to

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regret that? His shoulder may play a part of this week. A dropped shot

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for Garcia but his shoulder didn't seem to bother him on what has been

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today a driveable par-4 5th hole, his eagle putt from the back of the

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green, in it goes, back to 2-over par. Back to the overnight leader

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Matt Kuchar, looking for back-to-back birdies on the 4th

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hole. Down the hill it goes, and in it goes. Matt Kuchar takes the

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outright lead on 6-under par. Early on it is Kuchar out in front with a

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1-shot lead. Connelly continuing his fine start, he is level over the

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first ten holes. The birdie four Joost Luiten takes him to within

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three. Let's go out on the course with Ken Brown, Peter let -- Peter

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Alliss. On the tee, from Northern Ireland,

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Rory McIlroy. APPLAUSE

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A whole new day and McIlroy is hoping for more the golf he produced

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on the back nine yesterday than the front.

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The wind has totally switched around, straight downwind, the 1st

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hole today and McIlroy with a 3-wood. A long way down the fairway,

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a long way down there. Yes, the Canadian, Connelly. You think with

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this wind he will go lower and lower. That's working well so far

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for him. The first birdie of the day here on the 11. Huget tee shot, 372

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yards with a 3-wood -- a huge tee shot. Maybe he was laying up. That's

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lovely. And it's the short game that's going to be most tested in

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these blustery conditions. That is a gem to get McIlroy up and running.

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Casey now, a big putt to save par on the sixth. No. Struggles early on

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for him, three shots coming in the opening six holes, back from

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4-under, to 1-under. Now, Rickie Fowler. Gets one bag, -- bag,

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disappointed with his round yesterday. Such a good player in

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these conditions. Solid start. Oh, hello. The chicken appears to have

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laid a human! Such a difficult hole, the sixth, back into the breeze.

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Shortened it a bit, 485. A long, long second for the American.

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Sending its sky-high. Oh. That's stuck in the down slope in the

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rough. That's trouble. A peddler for a possible birdie four McIlroy -- a

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tiddler. In she goes. Finishing with two birdies last night and getting

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one to open today's proceedings. Back on the path. Looking back to

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the seventh tee. -- back on par. Elevated tee, very difficult in

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these crosswinds. Makes it impossible to keep the ball down.

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That one is going to hang on to the left-hand side of the green. Left to

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right breeze whipping across the second green. Sit, sit! There is a

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big divot there. Oh McIlroy has the ball under control this morning.

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5-under for the last six holes he's played, if you take the end of his

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first round, so looking good again. Not looking so good, Kuchar. This is

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so awkward, gripping down on the metal of the shaft. It's all right,

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but that for his par. Gorgeous second shot in from McIlroy

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here on the second. Great opportunity to open with two

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birdies. Oh it was close, you can tell by the crowd reaction. Didn't

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hit it. Rickie Fowler, from the distant

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horizon for his two on the seventh. What a putt from Fowler. Suddenly, a

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few birdies and Fowler making a move in the right direction. Two birdies

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in a row. Almost eight smile. You know it's called when Mickelson has

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his two gloves on. He suffers from arthritis but usually plays well

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with two gloves. That will do nicely. He needed something special

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today. 73 yesterday. Kuchar, for four on the sixth. That was up and

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down. He was in the munchies on the right-hand side, gripping write-down

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on the steel. What a save. Once more, Paul Casey struggling for his

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par. Another one. He's all at sea, KC. Slipping further and further

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down the board. Four bogeys in his opening seven holes. Mickelson on

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the first. Oh, lovely. You used to hate the challenge of links golf but

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he loves it now -- he used to hate. The par save from Kuchar keeps him

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on 6-under par, he is the outright lead over the two leaders who have

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yet to go out but look at Connelly, the 28-year-old Canadian in his

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first Open Championship. Just two shots back. COMMENTATOR: Austin,

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Lee, grew up in Texas, likes these conditions but struggling here --

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Austin Connelly. Dropping a shot. McIlroy, big tee shot on the third.

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The wind is from the right. Another one, right at the stick. McIlroy,

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all cylinders firing in the opening holes here. Look at him trying to

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get himself going. Calmly dropping one on 13. So, here

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we are, Maureen. Needs this to keep the momentum going. Playing well,

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needs to follow up with the putts. The jaunty stride is back and

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McIlroy is back. Three wonderful irons on the opening three holes

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have yielded two birdies and he moved to 1-under. Dicks birdies in

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his last eight holes now, taking the end of the first round -- six

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birdies in his last eight holes. Classic posture and swing, Charl

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Schwartzel. Oh and nearly the ultimate result. Kuchar, then, to

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save par on the eighth hole. A mis-judgement. Straight into the

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wind today, eight, and Kuchar, it has taken his toll. Short of the

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green in two and he will slip back. Testing chip for McIlroy from the

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back of four. This is going to be a bumble into the bank. Oh just took a

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bit of the sting out of it. Finely judged.

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Now, Schwartzel. Steady as she goes so far, par, par, par. Beautiful tee

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shot and this is for two. So, there we go. Charl Schwartzel goes

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alongside Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, later starters, just one

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behind Matt Kuchar. Enormous drive from Bubba. Looked

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like a flick with his most lofted club. Yesterday it was five and

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four. What a chance. Oh, lovely. Fresh out of there. A little bit

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cold. Strong breeze. Kuchar, his putter grip, up his left arm, very

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effective and into the back of the cup. One slipping away to have a

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four way tie at the top of the leaderboard. Bubba. Lovely iron

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shot. Tight into the second hole, taps in for his birdie. 3-under,

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only two behind now. That's how we stand with Kuchar dropping back into

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the group on 5-under par. Precious few birdies but there was one on the

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fourth for Schwartzel, so he is alongside Kuchar, Koepka and Spieth.

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Bubba Watson making a nice move as well. Now, Schwartzel's second to

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the fifth. Out of a good lie, from the fairway.

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Well, don't know what happened to that one. Neither does he. He must

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have flown the green. Now, Rory McIlroy. Made a great start. He's

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missed a putt as well. Could have been sensational. Skip back to just

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playing golf. That's more like it. Oh, study, study. -- steady, steady.

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So crisply struck, you can see the ball spinning. 12,000 rpm, with a

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well struck wedge like that, off the clubface. Busy out on the Bay, Kent.

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A good day for electricity with those windmills. Do you know how

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fast the tips of them spend? 200 mph. No wonder it gives the birds a

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fright! This does not look good, Ken, for Schwartzel. No. Oh, it's

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awful stuff. You can go back as far as you like. He can go to the sixth

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tee or he can play it again. Mickelson. Didn't have the happiest

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of days yesterday. And not enjoying this 3rd hole very much.

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Schwartzel, the joint leader, has taken an unplayable lie on the

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fifth. This is his fourth. He has a chance of getting down in two. Not

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bad. Now, there is a bit more of a skip

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and a dance in Rory's step. Yesterday he was in all sorts of

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trouble. This is to go 2-under. Good try.

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Matt Kuchar at the 9th hole. The shot. Birdie putt.

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Six, for Schwartzel, out of nowhere. The shortest par for on the golf

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course. -- par four. He will be so cross. More than a breeze, Ken. It

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is and they think it may strengthen later on too. Wouldn't make a monkey

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of our course today. In trouble again. Second on the sixth. Smashing

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it towards the fairway and hoping for the best. And... No, just lost

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the other side. Suddenly a nice round is getting very untidy. The

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best part of 500 yards long and Rory has 173 left. The wind from the

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left. The wind is just taking it towards the flag. What they

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marvellous shot, gathering to the hole. Quality.

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From the United States, Kent Bulle. A new name to me and I'll tell you

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what, if he keeps doing that, he'll be one of the greats in the game.

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Well done, that was for birdie on the first. Massive Sadler this would

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be for Schwartzel if he cannot it in. Double bogey on the 5th hole.

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This is for a brilliant par on the sixth, having found the rough off

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the tee. Can he read it? Moments ago he was tied for the lead

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and now he is joint tenth. Not many preliminaries with Rory, just

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straight up and hit. Not many practice strokes, I've never seen

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him take one. A good view here. Yeah, right in the middle. The

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middle of the middle. What a good start. Keep it going for the next 12

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holes or so. Lee Westwood. He's got to be

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careful. He needs this to go up the level of the grain. It has bounced

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an and it couldn't, could it? It is! Right into the heart of the cup.

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From 2-over to level, in one good white. Magic. -- good swipe. Worth

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another look, Ken. A nice, smooth swing. The fifth. A nice receptive

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green. The pitch checked nicely. It looked destined for greatness and

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then suddenly, here we go. Well, that went straight in the

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middle. Ken has been checking on the width and the size of the holes.

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What's he got to say? Let's have a look at the hole. Take

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the flag out. Measure the diameter. It is a funny thing, the Diana

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putter of a hole. Four and a quarter inches. In 1829, eight member

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decided, can we standardise the hole size? He got a bit of drainpipe and

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that is why it is that width. But can you believe it, if you go to

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your local hardware store, from 1829, the rule was adopted by the

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R If you purchase a bit of drainpipe to this day, it is still

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four and a quarter inches in diameter. Hard to believe. I'm a big

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hit at parties! Did he say he is a good man at parties? You can bet he

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is! The seventh, 177 yards. The wind off the left.

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A little shy, but OK. On the smaller dance floor.

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I hate those three putts. Like Charley Hoffman, a bandy legged

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stance, face to the breeze. Nicely done, Charley. First birdie,

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3-under. Massive crowd out and a lot of them are following Rory. Nicely

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done. Another hole safely negotiated. A couple of four

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The par-3 12th hole, rich Iraq and see. -- Richie Ramsay. Hitting right

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today. Fine effort. McIlroy, widening his stance here on the

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eighth tee. Trying to draw it off the bunkers. It's got to turn a bit

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more. Just lovely. Nothing finer than McIlroy in full flow. Second

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most difficult hole, the 12th, at the moment. The short par-3, yards.

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What can Kuchar do? -- 168 yards. Absolutely beautiful shot,

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crackerjack. Cries of" Kuch!". 174 yards, a blistering drive from Rory

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on. No one has yet made a birdie on this hole. -- on eight. Can he get

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it past the front bunker? Oh, so nearly. He didn't like the way it

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rolled around the back of the bunker. Could be in an awkward spot.

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Richie Ramsay has reached the 12th. A good, solid shot here into the

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heart of the green leaving him with a birdie putt. So difficult, you

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have to allow for the wind and sometimes it doesn't affect the

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ball, sometimes it does. Kent Bulle. Well done. He got in

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because he won the Argentine Open. He is 3-under. Charley Hoffman. I

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swear his parting stance is getting wider! Another one is going begging

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-- his putting stance. Still a good of work to do. He will slip back.

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This could be nasty, Ken. Just depends where it's gone in the

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bunker. It's bound to be towards the back, settling down, not much green

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to work with. Don't be greedy here, the green is running away from you.

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Make sure you're at least putting on the next one. The wind helps. Yes,

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what a shot, what a shot. Go on. The wind stopped it running out. He

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thought he had it for a moment. Yes, there is pleasure in his play today,

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you can see he's really engaged in the battle. He was yesterday, mind

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you, but it wasn't happening on the front nine. Kuchar's putting has

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been great. This is an 12. Oh, gosh, I didn't think it was great off the

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blade but then I thought it was going to drop. Agony.

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Tiddler for McIlroy after a fabulous bunker shot on eight. Well done.

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Putting on a show this morning, is Rory.

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Bubba Watson's second was rather fortuitous. It bounced back down

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onto the shorter stuff. That is a great little chip, and in. My

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goodness, not many birdies on the sixth today and that was an unlikely

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one from Bubba Watson. He marches up the leaderboard now, four under par,

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fourth place. McIlroy's second to the ninth, 192 yards, such a

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difficult hole today, back into the breeze. You can see the pin all the

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way over on the right. He is hitting it beautifully. Another one down the

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flag, controlling it so well. Just a little bit shy. Kuchar, 193 today,

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the 14th. Huge stands around this green. Come on. Listen to him,

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listen to the man. It is getting closer. Dutifully controlled shot in

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these conditions. If McIlroy can steer this little one home he will

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have covered his last 18 holes in seven under par. And he does it and

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he is a much happier man leaving this green today than he was

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yesterday when he was 5-over. Are rather difficult day at Royal

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Birkdale to say the least. Matt Kuchar in the sanctuary of the

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clubhouse with five holes to go. Ian Poulter and Justin Thomas among the

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latest to start. Rory Mcllroy's name creeping onto the first page of the

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leaderboard. Bubba Watson has missed the green on the seventh. I can't

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think that's what he intended. McIlroy on the tenth, dogleg, just

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looking to put anion down between the bunkers. He seems to be pleased

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with things. Hitting it well. Settle down. Misjudgement from McIlroy,

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that bunker shouldn't have come into play with an iron. The bunkers do

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have a habit of gathering on links golf courses, McIlroy has just found

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that out. Ken has been looking at just that things.

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Let's look at Birkdale bunkers, these little pots are fantastic, not

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the deepest, on The Open, some are shallow and give you a chance with

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lovely grassy banks. Let's look at this rake in the bunker.

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Interesting, please place the rake in the centre of the bunker. The

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rake is on a little stand so perhaps the ball will run past it. Haven't

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seen that before, not sure if for this week. Let's look at this one.

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They are quite greedy little bunkers so the ball can trickle in and go

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there and go up the bank and they all get gathered into the sand

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bunker. You can see how awkwardly they can lie, there are quite small,

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from there you would get an 8-iron onto it but if it gets snarled up in

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this position on the bank you can have a devil's own job to get it

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out. These are wonderful that the bunkers, not as deep as we have seen

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sometimes, but they are still greedy and very nasty. COMMENTATOR: McIlroy

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in one of those bunkers on the tenth, but to the 14th Figo, and

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Kuchar, after that beautiful tee shot, a chance to lead on his own

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again. -- to the 14th we go. Yes... No.

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So, in it goes and any pars today are very gratefully received, all

:35:37.:35:50.

pars on the back nine for Kuchar, remains 5-under. This is for par. It

:35:51.:36:10.

was an aggressive stroke. That's the ball of Rory McIlroy on the tenth.

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Is left himself some 130 yards up the hill. He's got to get this up

:36:16.:36:23.

pretty go all the way back to the flag.

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Well, as Ken was saying, they are very greedy bunkers but he's given

:36:36.:36:48.

himself an angle for a four. 15, the first of the two par-5s. Matt

:36:49.:36:51.

Kuchar, ideal position. That's a great shot, right online,

:36:52.:37:06.

creeping up onto the edge of the green. So, McIlroy into the bunker

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on the right off the tee, could only get it to hear. Downwind, got to nip

:37:15.:37:20.

it through to get any control. The wind is beginning to gust.

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APPLAUSE Just being carried on a little more,

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that for his par. This is where it ended up for Bubba Watson.

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Very lucky to get a good lie, can he get any control? Of course he can,

:37:38.:37:49.

lovely from Watson. Right, now, not a single bogey on his card today.

:37:50.:37:53.

Down the slope. Yes, they roar before it drops. He

:37:54.:38:07.

knew it, they knew it, he's doing everything well today even when

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things go slightly awry, as they did, finding the bunker from the

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tee. Stays at two under par. Watson for an adventurous par on eight.

:38:22.:38:23.

Pulled it. Back-to-back bogeys, there we are.

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Schwartzel for his par. His partners are struggling, but

:38:33.:38:56.

McIlroy going along nicely. Schwartzel back to 1-under. Kuchar,

:38:57.:39:07.

eagle putt on the 15th. A little bit timid, timid, downwind on the 15th,

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a lot of birdies and a good few eagles as well today. Just a little

:39:13.:39:17.

bit ragged over the last couple of holes, McIlroy, in the bunker on the

:39:18.:39:23.

tenth and loose with the iron on the 11th. Hoping for the grab now but on

:39:24.:39:33.

it goes. Testing his putter at the moment. Now, Kuchar, can he get

:39:34.:39:44.

birdie at 15? Two lovely shots onto the front of the green. Of course he

:39:45.:39:51.

can. Sweet as a nut. He always keeps trundling along. McIlroy, every putt

:39:52.:40:00.

is a big putt but he's played so well, misjudged his second shot into

:40:01.:40:04.

the 11th and came up 10-15 yards short of the green, not a very good

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chip. This is frustrating when you have played so well and you start,

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if indeed that's going to be the case, dropping shots.

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You've got it. CHEERING

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That was a wonderful putt, learned a lot from Dustin Johnson. Should have

:40:24.:40:28.

done. Well done. Calm down, just got to hit the green. You've got two

:40:29.:40:37.

holes to go and you are playing beautifully.

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Matt Kuchar is out in front after that birdie on the 15th, Koepka and

:40:39.:40:43.

Spieth hoping perhaps for the winter die down as they go out this

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afternoon. Rory Mcllroy two under par. Good round from Austin

:40:48.:40:53.

Connelly, very impressive from the youngster. The Canadian who grew up

:40:54.:40:57.

in Texas. Anything around par today would see him moving up the

:40:58.:41:03.

leaderboard. One of the deepest bunkers on the course on the 12th.

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It looks to be lying OK for McIlroy. You've just got to dab it up over

:41:09.:41:13.

the top and let it land pretty close to the top and eased down to the

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hole. He should be able to do this OK. Gently but firmly enough to get

:41:25.:41:31.

it up. That may be too hard. No, it isn't. That is a gem of a shot. The

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players are brilliant now, years ago there were four or five people who

:41:37.:41:40.

you would say were good bunker players. Wonderful to watch, great

:41:41.:41:47.

skill. Bubba Watson has had also are problems on the night, way left of

:41:48.:41:52.

the green with his second. Long, long putt. For his par.

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Kuchar on the 16th. Straight downwind, a little bit off the left.

:42:01.:42:12.

So many instructions. That's going down. If you are just a little bit

:42:13.:42:20.

out the wind accentuates the mistake and blows it further of course. Now,

:42:21.:42:26.

to finish off his good work from the sand. Beautiful three. He's making a

:42:27.:42:30.

few mistakes at the moment but when he does he is making amends. Still

:42:31.:42:40.

3-under for his round. Fitzpatrick, opening hole. And that could be, if

:42:41.:42:48.

it bounces up very nice... Yes, indeed. Beauty. Kuchar, having

:42:49.:42:58.

played out of the bunker on the 16th, this is for a par. This is to

:42:59.:43:05.

stay ahead of the field. No. That drifted away to the right very, very

:43:06.:43:12.

quickly. The shot has gone. Good drive, misdirected second, dropped

:43:13.:43:22.

shot. Onto the first tee comes Ian Poulter. 67 yesterday, still

:43:23.:43:28.

listening to the very Best of Aber, and psyching himself up for what

:43:29.:43:32.

will be an interesting day on the links. Could be a little Chopin..

:43:33.:43:42.

This will be a tricky little shot. Anything left will catch the bunker.

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Do you go straight at it? Do you hope for the best? Excellent shot.

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Imagination and nerve. Good play. Ramsay. Come on. Just grabbing and

:43:55.:44:03.

stopping. Just one extra hop. Everything was going very well for

:44:04.:44:23.

McIlroy on the first nine holes, and suddenly at the 10th, on every green

:44:24.:44:32.

he has had a difficult putt. He's done it all so far. Can he do it

:44:33.:44:36.

again? He can't. He was never happy with that one and it was not well

:44:37.:44:51.

struck. Shot dropped. Kuchar, birdie putt at the 17th, playing right back

:44:52.:44:58.

into the wind. 17th and 18th back into the wind, lots of fives and

:44:59.:45:02.

sixes and a couple of sevens, very different from yesterday. 5-under

:45:03.:45:17.

for Kuchar. The people queueing to get into the chorus. Massive

:45:18.:45:20.

galleries we have had this week. Nice to see. It looks like the

:45:21.:45:26.

American customs department, doesn't it? Just going a bit quicker. Richie

:45:27.:45:33.

Ramsay for a birdie and he gets it. Well done.

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APPLAUSE Two under, first birdie today, one

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dropped shot. McIlroy. A handful of holes left to play. Here he is at

:45:50.:45:55.

the 15th. Downwind, find the fairway, don't go over there...

:45:56.:46:02.

Nobody's moving. It can't be that wide, surely. It looks as if he is.

:46:03.:46:12.

Richard Ramsay has found the centre of the fairway at the last. How well

:46:13.:46:33.

he has played but that one leaking off to the right. Kuchar resets

:46:34.:46:39.

ready for his third here at the last. He drove into the bunker. Just

:46:40.:46:53.

pop it out. He has played so well. He's got to get up-and-down to drop

:46:54.:47:04.

only one shot here. Slimline Bubba Watson on 12. This putt will come in

:47:05.:47:09.

on the shoulder, on the left-hand side. Perfectly judged by Bubba

:47:10.:47:19.

Watson. He's had a few ups and downs but it's a pretty tidy card

:47:20.:47:26.

nonetheless, even par. To the 18th and Richie Ramsay. Down in two for

:47:27.:47:37.

an even par 70. Is he going to do it or is he going to do one better?

:47:38.:47:43.

What a beauty. That is a round and a half. One birdie at the 17th and one

:47:44.:47:49.

bogey. Kuchar needs to get up-and-down at the last to drop just

:47:50.:47:52.

one shot. That is a stout effort but he made

:47:53.:48:05.

untidy progress down the right-hand side of this hole via a bunker and

:48:06.:48:09.

it's going to be a disappointing finish for the American. Five, five,

:48:10.:48:15.

five. He's just going to tidy this one away. 71 today, that drops him

:48:16.:48:27.

back to 4-under par, good, solid golf in difficult conditions. Matt

:48:28.:48:35.

Kuchar, leader in the clubhouse, 65, 71, 4-under par, the two leaders

:48:36.:48:39.

Spieth and Koepka yet to start their round.

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Matt Kuchar walks of the 18th green, signed for 71, I'm joined by golf

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correspondent Iain Carter who has followed Kuchar around the links. It

:48:53.:48:55.

was steady but a little bit disappointing. He will be

:48:56.:49:00.

disappointed because he gambled off the tee at 18 and put it into the

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bunker and could only splash out and that ultimately led to him dropping

:49:05.:49:09.

a shot at the last but otherwise a very accomplished performance. The

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conditions are so is testing out there this morning. If you'd given

:49:12.:49:15.

him a 71 at the start of the day he probably would have taken it. You

:49:16.:49:18.

felt all of the conditions around the whole of the course, how is it

:49:19.:49:23.

differing from hole to hole command how much do you feel yourself being

:49:24.:49:33.

buffeted and losing balance. The number of times the players are

:49:34.:49:37.

backing off. The differential in terms of the clubs you will take

:49:38.:49:40.

going downwind compared to what you will be hitting into the wind is

:49:41.:49:45.

probably a three or four club differential, it's really tough out

:49:46.:49:49.

there. Tough just walking around. Matt Kuchar has played around it,

:49:50.:49:53.

1-over par for today, 4-under for the tournament, in the clubhouse in

:49:54.:49:58.

the lead at the moment and he has met Rishi Persad down there.

:49:59.:50:03.

One quarter today, in the context of the conditions how good is it? It is

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really challenging out there, 20, 30 mph winds, seemed every hole had

:50:11.:50:14.

some form of crosswind, neither straight down zero straight in, hard

:50:15.:50:18.

of the left or hard right. I remember sitting up on the 12 hole,

:50:19.:50:24.

par-3, 160 two yards and hitting a five irony aiming at the people 30

:50:25.:50:27.

yards left of the green and watching the thing slowly come around and hit

:50:28.:50:34.

the middle of the green. It is challenging to force yourself to

:50:35.:50:37.

play so far no in the wind is so strong. Did you at any point feel in

:50:38.:50:40.

complete control of the ball out there? No, just talking about two

:50:41.:50:47.

footers. And them that you had to play for the win, even on the putts,

:50:48.:50:52.

there were a number of putts with right-to-left break where the wind

:50:53.:50:55.

was strong enough to make them break left to right. There is so much

:50:56.:50:58.

adapting there has to be done in these conditions.

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COMMENTATOR: He drove into the rough and popped it out to here, this is

:51:04.:51:10.

his fourth to the par-5 15th, the wind whistling in from the left. It

:51:11.:51:19.

is spinning. Spinning up in the air a little, getting caught by the

:51:20.:51:30.

breeze. Kent Bulle on the tenth. Solid play so far. One birdie, one

:51:31.:51:42.

bogey. Lovely shot. Lascaux Bourne but don't get excited, Scots, it is

:51:43.:51:52.

Glasgow, Kentucky. -- Glasgow born. His approach putting has been

:51:53.:51:57.

immaculate today. Managing to get up-and-down and only drop one shot.

:51:58.:52:09.

That is fairly tidy. This is to save his par. Kent Bulle. Well done. As

:52:10.:52:23.

the greens start to dry out these don't get any easier. Don't rush it,

:52:24.:52:29.

Rory. Take your time, head still. This is for a bogey. Well done. I

:52:30.:52:36.

say well done, it's the easiest hole on the course, wasn't what he

:52:37.:52:39.

anticipated. It could have been worse. Let's look at the leaderboard

:52:40.:52:47.

in the second round of The Open Championship, Koepka and Spieth are

:52:48.:52:52.

the leaders, both round in 65 yesterday. Yet to start. Matt Kuchar

:52:53.:52:58.

is the clubhouse lead at 4-under. Let's hear from Richie Ramsay.

:52:59.:53:03.

Well played, round of 70 today, how good a round was that? As good as

:53:04.:53:09.

I've played this year. It's very tough out there. Putting is a

:53:10.:53:13.

challenge, the ball is not moving but it sort of oscillates a little

:53:14.:53:19.

bit and club selection is very tough. The wind is gusting at times

:53:20.:53:24.

and that's probably the toughest thing, standing there trying to pick

:53:25.:53:27.

a club and commit to it when the wind sort of dies down and gusts

:53:28.:53:32.

back up, that's the hardest thing about being on the golf course

:53:33.:53:34.

today. COMMENTATOR: Cabrera-Bello on this

:53:35.:53:43.

most difficult 13th hole, it has caught a lot of the players out.

:53:44.:53:52.

Term. Yes. He has turned into a very good putter indeed, holing out very

:53:53.:53:58.

well this week and last. It is a long walk back to the 16th tee.

:53:59.:54:04.

McIlroy is ready to go with the driver. He lost to the right of the

:54:05.:54:07.

15th, which led to a dropped shot. That is down the hay diddle diddle

:54:08.:54:20.

my huge drive over the crosswalk. Fitzpatrick at the 5th off the

:54:21.:54:43.

fairway, so should get some spin on this back pin. Lovely shot, crisply

:54:44.:54:46.

struck. Poulter has managed to get his

:54:47.:55:00.

stance. That is meat and drink to him.

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APPLAUSE Just a little flip of the wrists

:55:04.:55:15.

left here. Huge tee shot for McIlroy, the flag is on 30 yards. I

:55:16.:55:19.

have to say I think the flag positions today have been terrific.

:55:20.:55:23.

They haven't been hidden, they are given the players a sporting chance

:55:24.:55:24.

in these difficult conditions. That was a huge error from McIlroy,

:55:25.:55:39.

he airmail to the green. His touch has deserted him momentarily over

:55:40.:55:44.

these last few holes, after the brilliance of the outward 31.

:55:45.:55:47.

Poulter has taken a long look at this one. That tells you that

:55:48.:55:51.

conditions are not easy to get balanced over the putt. This is to

:55:52.:55:59.

save his par at the 3rd. Hebert that in confidently. -- he put that in

:56:00.:56:13.

confidently. Another tester for Kent Bulle. He pushed it. That is two

:56:14.:56:21.

bogeys in the last three holes. Back to 16. Up and over the slope for

:56:22.:56:30.

McIlroy. That's tidy enough but disappointing having had a second

:56:31.:56:35.

shot in of no more than 70 yards or so. The second most birdies holed at

:56:36.:56:39.

the 5th, and a chance for Fitzpatrick to enter that number.

:56:40.:56:48.

I think as the day has gone on these greens have sped up, the grass grows

:56:49.:56:58.

a little but it has dried out. So, disappointing par and he moves on to

:56:59.:57:03.

the treacherous sixth. Front bunker at the 14th, chipped it out to here,

:57:04.:57:12.

so he has this for a bogey. Absolutely nowhere, his tee shot was

:57:13.:57:17.

almost perfect, he's going to take a double bogey. Rory steps into this

:57:18.:57:29.

short par putt. In she goes. Steadying the ship somewhat after

:57:30.:57:33.

dropping a couple of shots in the last three.

:57:34.:57:40.

Well, Koepka and Spieth still in the century of the clubhouse enjoying

:57:41.:57:43.

sitting up there at 5-under par. Matt Kuchar put in a fine round to

:57:44.:57:48.

be tucked in behind them. Poulter is out on the course making his way.

:57:49.:57:54.

Scotsman Richie Ramsay with a fine 70 and Matt Fitzpatrick, the young

:57:55.:57:58.

Englishman, is currently at two under. You can see the flags there,

:57:59.:58:03.

the wind freshening. The forecast says it could gust up to 40 miles

:58:04.:58:09.

per out. It looks like it is getting their too, my goodness. It's going

:58:10.:58:14.

to be quite an afternoon's play with this breeze. -- 40 mph. Look at

:58:15.:58:27.

those numbers, Maureen. 27 mph. It was about 17 at this stage when the

:58:28.:58:32.

players played their round this morning. Poulter walks into the ball

:58:33.:58:36.

for the third time on the fifth. The Caddy has said 105, that's his

:58:37.:58:42.

landing number. The wind is howling behind, big bounce. Well done.

:58:43.:58:50.

McIlroy's second into 17. This green has three distinct tiers, the trick

:58:51.:59:03.

is to find the one the flag is on and he has done that. Needs to throw

:59:04.:59:11.

the anchors on. Fitzpatrick for par. It just dribbles away. So,

:59:12.:59:20.

offsetting his opening birdie, and he goes back to 1-under. That mount

:59:21.:59:30.

in front of McIlroy is a good four and a half, five feet and then the

:59:31.:59:34.

green is running away from him a little bit. He looks like he might

:59:35.:59:39.

do a bumpy one rather than a high one. There she goes, up and over.

:59:40.:59:44.

Lovely shot. Great imagination, great skill.

:59:45.:59:57.

Outside chance of a birdie four Cabrera-Bello, 15. Oh! He's got it.

:59:58.:00:06.

He's missed a few short ones and suddenly a tram liner goes in at 15.

:00:07.:00:13.

That is a reward for perseverance, the first birdie of the day for the

:00:14.:00:15.

Spaniard. A little bit of left-to-right.

:00:16.:00:26.

Straight in. McIlroy, a birdie again, his first since the sixth. He

:00:27.:00:30.

gets going in the right direction once more. One hole to go.

:00:31.:00:42.

Bubba, let's see how steady he stays over this one. Yes. So, four

:00:43.:00:54.

birdies. Double bogey on ten just be railed him. But good play from

:00:55.:00:57.

Watson. -- just derailed him. Fitzpatrick, very upright. This is

:00:58.:01:14.

the par-3. McIlroy. Not a bad lie. Straight at the clock. Oh, what's he

:01:15.:01:23.

done. Sit. He's OK. Got away with it.

:01:24.:01:32.

Fitzpatrick, having given the first Schult a bit of a race, this is to

:01:33.:01:44.

save par -- given the first putts a bit of a race. Look how far past it

:01:45.:01:50.

has gone. It's the short putts that get difficult in particular. I'm

:01:51.:01:56.

settling in these gusts. So, the story of the day for McIlroy.

:01:57.:02:01.

Contrasting fortunes yesterday on the front nine and back and so too

:02:02.:02:07.

today because the front nine was far better, starting with this

:02:08.:02:09.

beautifully measured approach at the 1st hole. That would bring an

:02:10.:02:17.

opening birdie and McIlroy was a different player. So composed.

:02:18.:02:22.

Finding the heart of the fairway and the greens on most holes. The 3rd

:02:23.:02:28.

hole. Having just missed a short birdie putts on the second, leaving

:02:29.:02:32.

a similar distance on the third and he rolled it in. The 6th hole, 490

:02:33.:02:40.

yards, into the wind, slightly from the left, the toughest on the course

:02:41.:02:45.

but McIlroy, a beautiful drive again and the second shot to match, if not

:02:46.:02:56.

better, his third birdie in an outward nine of 29. But when he made

:02:57.:03:02.

a mistake he was able to recover. Par on the tenth and similar on the

:03:03.:03:08.

11th, a bit wayward off the tee and he had to hole this for par to keep

:03:09.:03:17.

the momentum. Short swing on the 13th and 15th. The 17th, into the

:03:18.:03:24.

wind, huge drive, iron over to the back and a delicate touch. As it was

:03:25.:03:34.

yesterday, a birdie on the 17th and McIlroy, still in the red figures.

:03:35.:03:41.

Great ovation for McIlroy as he comes up to the final green.

:03:42.:03:47.

Miserable day yesterday. The sad and nine holes were pretty good. Today,

:03:48.:03:53.

apart from a couple of little pick-up 's, has been first class. --

:03:54.:03:57.

a couple of mistakes. He is astonished the wind took it

:03:58.:04:12.

that way. The last one took it the other way. The wind is gusting 35

:04:13.:04:19.

mph, steady 25, 30. Long birdie putts for Rory McIlroy.

:04:20.:04:39.

I'm sure he likes it, is it getting there? I knew he'd hadn't quite hit

:04:40.:04:48.

it. But it is a days work well done for Rory McIlroy. Soren Kjeldsen, he

:04:49.:04:58.

has a chance to make part -- to go sub par. And he takes it, so steady,

:04:59.:05:05.

very accurate. He will draft his way around this golf course. McIlroy,

:05:06.:05:11.

final shot of the day. A round of 68. Devilish conditions. He's right

:05:12.:05:20.

back in the Championship. 5-over after six of his opening round and

:05:21.:05:25.

still with a chance. When he teed off on Thursday, he was 20-1 and

:05:26.:05:36.

then he drifted to 150-1 after a few holes of his opening round. Now he

:05:37.:05:41.

is just 6-1, to win the Championship. Dustin Johnson. He

:05:42.:05:52.

will be here. To play another day. But it is a long way back for him.

:05:53.:05:59.

No doubt that Rory McIlroy was the star of the show. Brooks Koepka and

:06:00.:06:06.

Jordan Spieth are going out very shortly to do battle in these

:06:07.:06:12.

conditions. Kuchar with 71, Ian Poulter is just beginning his round

:06:13.:06:16.

and further down we see McIlroy, after that 68, and that will move up

:06:17.:06:22.

the leaderboard as the day goes on and these conditions continue.

:06:23.:06:29.

Watching the finale, Ken Brown. 2-under par for McIlroy today,

:06:30.:06:32.

1-under for the tournament. Incredible turnaround since the

:06:33.:06:36.

opening six holes yesterday. Reflected in his betting odds for

:06:37.:06:41.

the tournament which have tumbled. Ken Brown, you've stepped outside

:06:42.:06:44.

the commentary box. Much more like the old McIlroy today. His front

:06:45.:06:50.

nine was breathtaking, out in 31, hardly missing. The back nine was

:06:51.:06:54.

more scrappy but he chipped and putted beautifully. Overall he will

:06:55.:07:01.

be pleased, a superb round of golf, showing his qualities, striking the

:07:02.:07:04.

ball and his short game was particularly good on the closing

:07:05.:07:08.

holes. The leaders are just about to go out, two of the three leaders,

:07:09.:07:15.

Koepka and Spieth. They will take yesterday's play again. But perhaps

:07:16.:07:20.

a bit less experience on the links in this weather for the Americans?

:07:21.:07:25.

They will have less experience than some players, certainly Rory, the

:07:26.:07:31.

wind has freshened. Kuchar's for under par will probably be the top

:07:32.:07:34.

of the leaderboard and both players would probably take level than that.

:07:35.:07:39.

A very demanding afternoon with some grey clouds, so it might rain. The

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morning starters will have an advantage. So far only four players

:07:44.:07:49.

have broken par today. Both on great form, with wins in their last

:07:50.:07:55.

tournament. Spieth, two Majors in his career, could he make it a third

:07:56.:07:58.

at Royal Birkdale? On the tee from the USA, Jordan

:07:59.:08:15.

Spieth. APPLAUSE

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Is interesting to see how he copes with today's conditions. I believe

:08:21.:08:25.

the weather has softened a little bit. The wind doesn't seem as

:08:26.:08:32.

strong. It varies so much around the course. 5-under, lovely round

:08:33.:08:35.

yesterday, 65. And off he goes. Scampering down the fair way, just

:08:36.:08:52.

off into the light rough. He's OK. Ritchie is with Rory McIlroy. I did

:08:53.:08:59.

what I wanted to do, get in and finish under par for the first two

:09:00.:09:03.

days and see what the guys do this afternoon. Speaking of this

:09:04.:09:07.

afternoon you only the fourth player to come in under par. Is that

:09:08.:09:11.

surprising or expected in these conditions? Expected, it is very

:09:12.:09:16.

tough, difficult to get the ball close to these pins. It's the

:09:17.:09:23.

toughest wind we are going to play with, Southeast and how strong it

:09:24.:09:27.

is. Anything even par is a good score. Bubba, coming towards the end

:09:28.:09:33.

of his round and what a mixed round it's been. That's going to make it.

:09:34.:09:41.

You're never bored when Bubba's about. Thomas Pieters. On the

:09:42.:09:54.

opening green. Just a light touch. Yes. If he gets going... He could do

:09:55.:10:05.

something. Level par is good but the opening birdie, he is 2-under.

:10:06.:10:15.

Spieth's second shot to the first. Huge drive. That's a marvellous

:10:16.:10:20.

again. One person who's missing the action today is a good friend of

:10:21.:10:26.

mine today, Michael Hoare Saul. He went on holiday to Portugal last

:10:27.:10:32.

week. Captain of this club, he slipped in the shower and broke a

:10:33.:10:36.

bone in his leg and he's in a pretty bad way in hospital. We wish him

:10:37.:10:42.

well. A lot of his friends at the club miss him and the bar. Phil

:10:43.:10:46.

Mickelson on the final hole, and it will be his final one. This is for

:10:47.:10:52.

par. Sad to see. Last time we saw him at The Open Championship, great

:10:53.:10:58.

round against Henrik Stenson last year. 10-over par, it is farewell to

:10:59.:11:09.

fill. -- Phil Mickelson. Spieth, for birdie on the first. Looking for the

:11:10.:11:11.

perfect start. He got it too. Pieters. For a birdie on the second.

:11:12.:11:36.

Got it. This fellow is very dynamic when he gets going. He can really

:11:37.:11:44.

turn it on. Great prospect. Spieth on the second.

:11:45.:11:59.

Oh, he's missed that. Did he miss it? Start in the top I think. Don't

:12:00.:12:08.

know where it is. He said get lucky, I'm not sure it did. Watson's bunker

:12:09.:12:18.

shot on the last hole. Always an adventure when you watch Bubba play.

:12:19.:12:24.

All over the course but he can put together a good round. Spieth to

:12:25.:12:29.

save par. Is the magic wand working as well as yesterday? Looks like it.

:12:30.:12:40.

25 putts in his 65. 6-under having birdied the first. Brooks Koepka.

:12:41.:12:50.

Second to the 1st hole. Slightly firm bounds. The green runs away

:12:51.:13:11.

from you. -- slightly firm bounce. Bubba for his par. Two double

:13:12.:13:18.

bogeys, three bogeys and five birdies. Jordan Spieth leading by

:13:19.:13:26.

one by virtue of his birdie on the first. Brooks Koepka is playing the

:13:27.:13:33.

first. 68, McIlroy. Wonderful stuff on the front nine, 31 shots. Zach

:13:34.:13:42.

Johnson, 66, the best round of the day. Bubba Watson, 72. A mixture of

:13:43.:13:49.

everything, how would you describe the round? A great round at the end

:13:50.:13:54.

of the day. Started pretty good. We knew about the wind and then the

:13:55.:13:59.

middle holes were going to be tough. The golf course isn't designed for

:14:00.:14:04.

this kind of wind. I just hung on. I got a couple of good putts and pars

:14:05.:14:07.

and then I made birdies on the stretch. All in all it was a good

:14:08.:14:15.

day. As long as Icahn Stadium round even par -- as long as Icahn Stadium

:14:16.:14:17.

round even par. I haven't had a high finish year so

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it is a good start. I don't know what the group in the lead going to

:14:27.:14:30.

do now. When you are around Rory McIlroy you are doing all right. He

:14:31.:14:37.

is 1-under, I think I'm doing OK. Spieth, medium short iron.

:14:38.:14:52.

Thomas Pieters country. Brooks Koepka should have learned a bit

:14:53.:14:59.

from his playing partner, Matsuyama. Slow from here. Give it a good bash.

:15:00.:15:10.

Ian Poulter, three to get here on the ninth hole. Uphill and down

:15:11.:15:18.

dale, across the green and into the hole. CHEERING

:15:19.:15:24.

What they save that was. We talk about momentum, you need a lift now

:15:25.:15:31.

and again and he is 3-under. Look at the reaction of defiance on the

:15:32.:15:36.

hill. Almost as pleased as he is. -- the reaction of the fans. Great fans

:15:37.:15:46.

here. Henrik Stenson, par putt. No. He was a bit unlucky. Couldn't get a

:15:47.:15:50.

decent stance in the bunker. Couldn't get at it. Gary Woodland at

:15:51.:15:58.

the elbow on the 5th hole. Started with four nice pars. Nice bounce.

:15:59.:16:13.

Oh, well! We've seen a feud two bowl on the 5th hole. -- a few twos. As

:16:14.:16:19.

the rain comes down. Can he find another single putts?

:16:20.:16:39.

No. -- single putt. Dropped broke on the third and two tied at the top

:16:40.:16:43.

now, Spieth and Koepka. Thomas Pieters, backing off this

:16:44.:16:58.

putt and I don't blame him. We might see the stance is widening as the

:16:59.:17:02.

round goes on. Trying to drill it in the back, that doesn't work here at

:17:03.:17:07.

Royal Birkdale. Eight shot squandered. Very short. Sudden thing

:17:08.:17:14.

is -- suddenly everything has changed, it is very unpleasant -- a

:17:15.:17:21.

shot squandered. You have to gird yourself as a player. Same for ever

:17:22.:17:26.

one at home. Nevertheless, rather painful. This is as good a test...

:17:27.:17:35.

Over the bunker. Oh, my goodness gracious me! Don't tell me! I

:17:36.:17:41.

thought that was going to go in. Landed it on the only sixpence he

:17:42.:17:46.

could land it on. One of the best shots we've seen today. Brooks

:17:47.:17:53.

Koepka. So strong, he can play it out. A terrific shot. That might be

:17:54.:18:00.

the shot of the day. Amazing. Needed a touch of good fortune to get the

:18:01.:18:02.

control. Magical recovery. Richard Bland, coming up short here

:18:03.:18:19.

on the second. Oh, that's a great run. Being Leishman, off to a

:18:20.:18:23.

terrific start, par, birdie. He moves to 4-under. -- the Englishman.

:18:24.:18:34.

Ian Poulter, who will be trying to fire it into the heart of the green,

:18:35.:18:44.

regardless of the flag position. Tilting from right to left. It

:18:45.:18:48.

should come back off the cushion. Well, hopefully this will complete a

:18:49.:19:03.

magical up and down from Brooks Koepka. Great par. Wonderful par

:19:04.:19:12.

there. Blustery conditions, giving us an opportunity to see some

:19:13.:19:21.

terrific saves by these players. Now, back to the 12th hole.

:19:22.:19:27.

Left-to-right, uphill a little bit for Ian Poulter. Get it in there and

:19:28.:19:36.

get in she does. The Poulter is back. His first birdie of the day,

:19:37.:19:43.

she is one of the league, currently held by two Americans, Spieth and

:19:44.:19:49.

Koepka. Ian Poulter creeping up the board, alongside the finished Matt

:19:50.:19:53.

Kuchar. Richard Bland from Southampton has made a good start as

:19:54.:19:56.

well but it is still the Americans out in front. Everyone trying to get

:19:57.:20:01.

their hands on the Claret Jug. Guess who has already done that?

:20:02.:20:07.

Have a look at this. You really can't believe it. I'll put it on

:20:08.:20:17.

here. Open it up. Look at that, The Open Trophy. You must wear these

:20:18.:20:22.

gloves to take it out of the box. I feel like I'm some sort of petty

:20:23.:20:26.

criminal, I don't want to leave my fingerprints. Here it is, I must be

:20:27.:20:31.

careful it comes out in one piece. Look at that. Look at that, look at

:20:32.:20:36.

that, The Open trophy. It's fantastic. , bit closer, you can see

:20:37.:20:41.

the names of the winners written down there. Who's going to win it?

:20:42.:20:51.

Somebody. There we are. Returned by Henrik Stenson. He had his house

:20:52.:20:57.

burgled yesterday when he was on the course, stealing his clothes for the

:20:58.:21:02.

week while he was playing. But the Claret Jug is back. Chris Wood, when

:21:03.:21:09.

he was last here in 2008 he was right up near the leaders, as an

:21:10.:21:14.

amateur. 5-over par, flirting with the cut. He may need a birdie. He

:21:15.:21:20.

may have a birdie or better! Oh, what a way to finish! There we are,

:21:21.:21:30.

who is Justin Rose? ! There we are. Congratulations from Mark Bunn era.

:21:31.:21:36.

Certainly making the cut now -- from Mark O'Meara. Jordan Spieth,

:21:37.:21:46.

splashing out of the bunker to hear. This is for par. Difficult hole

:21:47.:21:59.

safely negotiated. Few sheltering under umbrellas but those who can

:22:00.:22:04.

are applauding Mark O'Meara, a final walk up the 18th in The Open

:22:05.:22:08.

Championship, this is his final Open and fitting it should be here, after

:22:09.:22:17.

winning in 1998. Stenson, one foot in. Both feet in now. Awkward on the

:22:18.:22:22.

seventh. No, not to be. A shame for Marco

:22:23.:22:50.

Romero but one of the most impressive rounds of the day, a

:22:51.:22:56.

round of 70. The 60-year-old takes his leave of The Open Championship.

:22:57.:23:04.

First shot yesterday, out of bounds, but 70, today, more representative

:23:05.:23:08.

of what Mark Bunn era can do and has done in golf. The 1998 champion --

:23:09.:23:13.

of what Mark O'Meara can do. Untouchable at times. Winning the

:23:14.:23:20.

Masters and The Open. Very fitting that he says farewell to The Open

:23:21.:23:26.

Championship here, where he had one of his greatest days.

:23:27.:23:35.

Kang for birdie on the second. Those just starting their rounds must be

:23:36.:23:45.

wondering... Well, if they keep doing that, the pain of the rain may

:23:46.:23:49.

not be too bad, but it looks pretty horrid. Stenson. Yes, beauty. But it

:23:50.:24:02.

was a dropped shot. Hardy, hardy souls. The umbrellas

:24:03.:24:17.

today, they knew the outlook. Raining quite heavily overnight and

:24:18.:24:23.

settling nicely tomorrow, gentle winds. Richard Bland. Can he go to

:24:24.:24:30.

5-under? He certainly can. So, Richard Bland leading the home

:24:31.:24:37.

challenge. He joins Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka at the top of

:24:38.:24:45.

things. Richard Bland has only once played in The Open Championship

:24:46.:24:48.

before and that was at Birkdale in 1998 when he missed the cut but now

:24:49.:24:54.

he is 5-under par and sharing the lead with Jordan Spieth and Brooks

:24:55.:25:04.

Koepka. Thomas, quadruple bogey putt for him and even that doesn't drop.

:25:05.:25:10.

Up to the quintuple. That is a nine on the 6th hole for Justin Thomas.

:25:11.:25:22.

It's All Gone Pete Tong. -- gone wrong. Spieth, his third to the

:25:23.:25:45.

eighth hole. Oh, yes. Oh, no. If it stayed where it was earlier it would

:25:46.:25:50.

have been brilliant. Chance for par. If you look and the card of Brooks

:25:51.:25:55.

Koepka, par, par, par, you would think it had been steady, but not

:25:56.:26:02.

so. He has been scraping and scrambling. Needs to get up and down

:26:03.:26:15.

for par here. Spieth, for par at the 8th. Trouble off the tee. All is for

:26:16.:26:24.

given. Give these players are patient,

:26:25.:26:39.

there is some good scoring coming because it is flat calm, these

:26:40.:26:45.

greens are soft. Koepka to save par at the 6th. No, so he slips out of

:26:46.:26:51.

the tie for the lead, it is now just Spieth and Bland at the top. Koepka

:26:52.:26:56.

has been living on the edge and he finally drops a shot. 1-over for his

:26:57.:26:59.

round, back to 4-under par. Bland. Richard Bland, Oh. Didn't hit the

:27:00.:28:09.

tree, did he? It came out, I thought it had shattered the tree. I'm lucky

:28:10.:28:16.

there. -- he was unlucky there. Matsuyama. Nicely done. No great

:28:17.:28:32.

theatrics, but on he goes. One bogey and one birdie. Poulter to join the

:28:33.:28:45.

leaders. Flawless card so far, all pars and one birdie on the 15th.

:28:46.:28:48.

He's pushed it, has he? Ooh! Just trying to cling on. Nice

:28:49.:29:07.

reception from the crowd. 1-under, just four behind. Eilidh is with Ian

:29:08.:29:15.

Poulter's father. It must be nice, despite this weather, to watch him

:29:16.:29:19.

playing well? It is always nice to watch him. Obviously the father-son

:29:20.:29:26.

relationship, we can get vibes off each other. We know that he's been

:29:27.:29:32.

through a tough time lately, nearly losing his card, problems off the

:29:33.:29:36.

course but he looks so focused and last week he had a good week at the

:29:37.:29:41.

Scottish. Where has this changed mentality come from? I had to have a

:29:42.:29:46.

word with him! Not really, he's worked hard on his game. Everything

:29:47.:29:52.

is being sorted out behind the scenes, which is brilliant. He has

:29:53.:29:56.

his injury out the way and he's really playing solidly. I'm so happy

:29:57.:30:02.

with him, it's good. Long may that continue. What are you like when you

:30:03.:30:06.

are watching him play, do you feel more nervous than him? I've watched

:30:07.:30:10.

him for so many years, it's tough, you know. I feel emotionally drained

:30:11.:30:17.

when he does. It's a tough one to call. When he's on a high, I am.

:30:18.:30:24.

It's father and son. It's amazing. Amazing. Better let you go and

:30:25.:30:30.

follow him because he may need some more support over the last few

:30:31.:30:34.

holes. Ian Poulter is up there on 4-under par. He's heading the 16th.

:30:35.:30:44.

Joint leader, chopped out of the bush, his third to the par-4 sixth,

:30:45.:30:53.

and he has done pretty well. Nice forward bounce, easy up-and-down

:30:54.:30:58.

from there. Going with one of his less lofted wages off the back foot.

:30:59.:31:06.

See what he can produce, big bank to come up, dig into it at least once.

:31:07.:31:13.

He will have that to save his par. High towering shot. This pin was

:31:14.:31:38.

almost impossible to get this morning, easier to get at the flag

:31:39.:31:43.

with a soft putting surface and some breeze. Bland is still 5-under.

:31:44.:31:56.

We have seen this putt two or three times today. There is a little bit

:31:57.:32:04.

of movement. If you don't get the pace just right, it can fall away

:32:05.:32:05.

like that. Spieth always looks busy. It is really hammering down at the

:32:06.:32:52.

moment. This is monsoon like. Stenson cracks one and runs for

:32:53.:32:58.

cover. The shell is don't last long. Only half a day! Where is Noah when

:32:59.:33:13.

you need him? Spieth, in the bunker on the left, played out sideways to

:33:14.:33:22.

hear, it is on its way. It has come back. Lucky boy. That ain't easy

:33:23.:33:29.

from there. It could be a six coming up. Look at it. It is snowing now!

:33:30.:33:40.

Lovely. Better take cover quickly. Look at those raindrops. Raindrops

:33:41.:33:48.

keep falling on my head. Spieth has played three strokes, this is his

:33:49.:33:54.

fourth at the 10th and he's trying an up and under. He has played a

:33:55.:34:09.

delightful one. What an par. Clipped it away, nice soft bounce,

:34:10.:34:16.

co-leader. Smarter than the average bear. Look at the way he slid under

:34:17.:34:25.

it, let the bounce do the work. Stenson. I don't think play will

:34:26.:34:31.

last much longer, he's playing through wet bits, dry bits, wet

:34:32.:34:38.

bits. Difficult to judge, how much the moisture will take out of it. It

:34:39.:34:46.

has run pretty well. Amazingly well. Did I hear a siren? If it was it was

:34:47.:34:51.

a squeaky one. As the ring comes down at Royal

:34:52.:34:54.

Birkdale Matt Kuchar safely in the clubhouse at 4-under par but it is a

:34:55.:34:59.

four way tie for the lead, speed, Koepka and Bland out on the course,

:35:00.:35:04.

Ian Poulter dropped a shot down to 3-under par, along with Hideki

:35:05.:35:07.

Matsuyama, but a good round from Richie Ramsay on 2-under par. It was

:35:08.:35:12.

just a ten minute delay for the rain, so play got back under way

:35:13.:35:19.

pretty swiftly. The greens are soft, he can fly this

:35:20.:35:23.

all the way back to the flag, Stenson. Second to 11. He loves it.

:35:24.:35:34.

He loves it. It had a bit of spin on it. Man, wasn't that good to watch?

:35:35.:35:42.

They can even clap watching while holding their umbrellas. Bland, who

:35:43.:35:45.

had a bit of trouble off the tee. This is to save his par at the 8th.

:35:46.:35:55.

Will he get the pace right? Good for pace and just misjudging the line.

:35:56.:35:59.

Doesn't break quite as much up the hill. Now, can Jordan Spieth

:36:00.:36:05.

adjusted to the changing pace of the greens. And rocket this in for

:36:06.:36:11.

birdie and get to 5-under and the lead? There is your answer. Didn't

:36:12.:36:24.

take him long to adjust. Indifferent approach shot, capped off with their

:36:25.:36:27.

wonderful putt. 5-under, he is. Third shot for Matsuyama, in the

:36:28.:36:44.

bunker off the tee, advanced it to here, at least we can see it.

:36:45.:37:02.

Settle. Pretty good from there. Spieth, the leader on his own at

:37:03.:37:09.

5-under. Having a good year this year, two wins under his belt. He

:37:10.:37:19.

sends that soaring high into the sky, and another lovely iron shot,

:37:20.:37:25.

stone cold dead for Spieth. He is within a whisker of moving to

:37:26.:37:31.

6-under. Matsuyama, down the hill, on ten, he went bunker, rough,

:37:32.:37:43.

green. Nearly one putt par but two putt bogey, so he will drop back,

:37:44.:37:49.

now at two under. This is very nearly like Seve's chip from between

:37:50.:37:55.

the bunker is. Slightly different pin position but very similar. Soft

:37:56.:38:00.

green. Who loves you, baby? Slow putt up the hill for Stenson

:38:01.:38:21.

here on 12. He is finding his range. Another one drops in the front lip

:38:22.:38:26.

for Stenson. He's on a bit of a mini charge, birdied the last two holes,

:38:27.:38:30.

and the defending champion doesn't want to let go of that trophy. Long

:38:31.:38:44.

par putt for Bland, who came tracking up the right-hand rough.

:38:45.:38:50.

Another roll. Yes! Suddenly the putts are beginning to fall from

:38:51.:38:55.

everywhere. Out in 34, level par, keeps him at 3-under, three back.

:38:56.:39:01.

Tiddler on the 12th for Jordan Spieth to get to 6-under. That is a

:39:02.:39:14.

two shot lead with the simplest of putts. He's had 16 putts in the

:39:15.:39:18.

first 12 holes today, scrambled well, played a good shot, made the

:39:19.:39:25.

most of it. Poulter at the last. The mightiest of auroras, round in 70,

:39:26.:39:28.

very impressive stuff. One birdie, one bogey, and at 3-under, currently

:39:29.:39:40.

three behind. 67, 70. I bet he has dead enjoyed that, Terry. I'm sure

:39:41.:39:45.

he did, it was a real test of character out there for Ian Poulter

:39:46.:39:49.

but he scrambled so well to stay in the hunt. This was his third shot at

:39:50.:39:54.

the par-4 eighth and he put that in for an par, but I think he thought

:39:55.:39:57.

he was getting something a little better. To the par-4 ninth, this

:39:58.:40:04.

long putt to save par. Would he dropped a shot? Of course he

:40:05.:40:08.

wouldn't. Level par at the turn, nine straight pars so far. Onto the

:40:09.:40:18.

par-3 12th, his tee shot landing right on the green, so this for

:40:19.:40:25.

birdie. It swung to the right and in it went, celebrations for Poulter,

:40:26.:40:30.

he moved to four under. Birdshot now onto the par-4 13th. It would go

:40:31.:40:39.

close. It would go very close. It wouldn't quite drop. Another par for

:40:40.:40:45.

Poulter. He did drop a shot on the par-4 16th to move back to 3-under

:40:46.:40:51.

but on the final hole, his third shot, went close, great scrambling

:40:52.:40:55.

from Poulter, knocked it in to save par to finish the day on 3-under

:40:56.:41:00.

par. As things stand, Jordan Spieth with a two shot lead in front

:41:01.:41:04.

through 12 holes on 6-under, Kuchar warm and dry in the clubhouse on

:41:05.:41:09.

4-under par with the man who was overnight leader alongside him,

:41:10.:41:12.

Brooks Koepka. There is Poulter after that 70 3-under par. Let's

:41:13.:41:19.

hear from the Englishman. How do you enjoy the challenge of posting that

:41:20.:41:25.

70 today? Yeah am I enjoyed it a lot. Open Championship, golf is

:41:26.:41:28.

always interesting, and through the years we always get a few that play

:41:29.:41:33.

really tough, this being a very tough day on the golf course, 35 mph

:41:34.:41:41.

gusting wind, wind switch on 13 which went in off the right to down

:41:42.:41:45.

off the right and all of a sudden it cooled down 20 degrees. It was a

:41:46.:41:52.

crazy hour to finish the round. They kind of stopped play, or allowed us

:41:53.:41:58.

to finish the hole we was on because there was some casual water on the

:41:59.:42:02.

greens and they wanted it to soak through, and it normally does on

:42:03.:42:07.

links golf courses. It was a crazy day, I just had to hang tough and

:42:08.:42:11.

try and commit to shots and there is only one blemish on the card.

:42:12.:42:16.

Spieth in the sand. He has something to do to save his par. Koepka for

:42:17.:42:28.

the first birdie of the day, possibly. He took a long while to

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get started on the birdie run yesterday, and then when he did he

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didn't lose the habit. Left to right. Oh no. Golden opportunity

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missed there. Spieth for par. When he gets on a roll he seems to

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hole every single one of those but that will be a dropped shot. He will

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be back to 5-under shortly. Brooks Koepka looks to be lying pretty

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well, plenty of green to play with. That's OK. Travels on a little bit.

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Justin Thomas has not enjoyed today. That nine on the 6th hole. Here on

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the 14th he nearly has a hole-in-one. Every cloud. Hideki

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Matsuyama having his troubles on the back nine. This is to save par on

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the 13th. I just sense the conditions have got

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a little more difficult in the past half an hour or so, calmed down for

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a while but the wind has lifted and the rain is near enough ever

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present. This is for an par for Koepka to remain at four under. Not

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to be. There have been a few casualties in this hole.

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Jordan Spieth ready for his second on the 15th, just a bit of wind from

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the left helping a fraction. There is a low chaser. It might work well.

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What is shot from Jordan Spieth. There we go, thing of beauty,

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scuttling down the fairway and that is for an eagle. That was a links

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shot. Now, Matsuyama, the wind has picked up a bit, hard from the left

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here. APPLAUSE

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Stunner from Matsuyama. Beautiful control in these conditions. Well, a

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slightly unconventional second has brought Jordan Spieth to hear. This

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is for eagle. Line and pace, line and pace. What a wonderful three

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from Jordan Spieth. 7-under par, three shot lead.

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Matsuyama desperately seeking birdies.

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Found one, back to 1-under, three bogeys in the last four made him

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unhappy but that's better. So, this soggy and blustery day, the leaders

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are beginning to stretch out, Jordan Spieth three clear of Matt Kuchar,

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Koepka and Bland on 3-under par but the last time Jordan Spieth had this

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kind of lead in a major was the Masters last year, and you may

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remember what happened. Danny Willett taking advantage. A long way

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to go, Spieth three in front. Good position here for a Spieth to

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attack this pin, plenty of landing area, just a little breeze behind.

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Landing very softly down breeze. Now, Richard Bland, this is his

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third shot on the 13th. He has taken an unplayable. Chase it on, chase it

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on. Hard work on the 13th for Bland. He takes a long look but once he has

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decided he's no-nonsense. Practice strokes behind the ball, a few quick

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looks and the ball is on its way. He has a chance to plant himself in

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a good position here. The fourth shot of Richard Bland. He

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took a bit of a gamble with his third, just over the cross bunker.

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Drawing it into the 13th pin on the left side. My goodness, this is

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going to be a big number now. Spieth, four footer. His umbrella

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has gone. No. Well... He looks at the hole, he

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doesn't feel comfortable, the whistling wind across this green not

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helping him. Looks at the hole, bangs it in. The mistake from the

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good position on the fairway, still leads by a couple. Big drive for

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Gary Woodland at the last. Trying to draw it into that right pin. That

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was a lovely shot. The percentage play, the centre of the green pin

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high. Now, Richard Bland, his trial continues on the 13th, fifth shot.

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Not much greener to play with. Beautiful, though. Poggi? It is

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going to be a double -- bogey?. Gary Woodland, this is for a 68. It

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hasn't turned quite as much at the end as he thought. 69. Only the

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fifth person today to break par. The first one for quite a long while.

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This afternoon has been tricky. 70, 69, 1-under, five behind. A good

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chance for Richard Bland to bounce back after that double bogey on the

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13th. Oh! Yes! That's the way to do it. Impressive to come back on the

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14th after a horrible time on the hole before. Now, Jordan Spieth has

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said this is playing about as if it were 190 yards. It is into the wind.

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156 to the flag. Narrow target. He has missed it. Not too badly. He's

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not sure where it has finished because it sort of disappeared. He

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thinks he has hit it over the back. Matsuyama then on the 16th. Rolling

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it well, yes! 2-under, and Hideki Matsuyama moves up alongside Richie

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Ramsay and Richard Bland. That will do nicely. Well, from down in that

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little hollow, Spieth hit a little short. The greens are getting

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slower. This is for his par. And in she goes, could have been worse,

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loose tee shot, it is an par, he will take the three shot lead down

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the last. Bland taking a cut at his fourth

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shot. That is a good one. Sit down. He may yet save his par. A lot of

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holes have been slightly adventurous for him in the last half an hour.

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Trying to bring it in from left. Go, go, go. It is actually not a bad

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miss there. Now, Bland with a good shot to the 15th, but it was his

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fourth. It would be a good save, wouldn't it?

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It would have been but remains conditional and its a shotgun from

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Richard Bland, double bogey on the 13th, birdie on the 14th, Biraghi

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here, so ups and downs. Still 1-under. -- bogey. The old

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windscreen wiper going. I thought 4-under par could be the leading

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school today. It's not going to be. -- score. Spieth down to 6-under...

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Perhaps... So close. He will tap that in and lead into the weekend of

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The Open Championship, finishing here in front of a feud damp and

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hardy souls, but at the weekend it will be brighter, it will be busier,

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and it may well be Jordan Spieth coming down the stretch to a first

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Open Championship. He's put himself in a wonderful position, 69 to 65,

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master of the elements and leading The Open.

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When Jordan Spieth gets his nose in front he is a difficult man to

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shift. The overnight leader showed he meant business right from the

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start. This is his second shot into the par-4 first. That was close

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enough for an opening birdie. As conditions worsened, he did drop

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shots at both the third and ninth and it looked like he would drop

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another at the 10th, but how about this for an par save. It seemed to

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spur him into life. He had another birdie opportunity at 11 from quite

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some distance. But in it would drop. Level par for the day. Onto the

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par-3 12th, he birdied this hole yesterday. Would his tee shot give

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him an opportunity to do it again today? A bit of backspin command yes

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it would. Back-to-back birdies for a Spieth, moved to 6-under par, two

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clear of the rest. The second shot here on the 15th. It was low and he

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fired it right towards the green, on it galloped. Look where this one

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would end up. Close enough for an eagle for a Spieth. He did go on to

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drop a shot at the 16th so he signed for a 69 and here he is speaking to

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Rishi Persad. Can you tell us what you think the

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value of your score today was? It was good, maybe even better than

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yesterday. It was really tough out there today. We had brief periods of

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hour-long intermissions when we could take some respite from the

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rain when it died down but overall it would look scrappy and it did.

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There was no way for it to look pretty today. I think I stole a few.

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Even though the conditions were bad, I didn't quite play the way I played

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yesterday, but I stole a couple with a chip-in and an eagle. That's what

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you need to stay on top in this tournament.

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American Jordan Spieth out in front on his own on day two of The Open

:55:18.:55:23.

Championship, 6-under par, a two shot lead over fellow American Matt

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Kuchar. A great couple of days for England's Ian Poulter, he's in the

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top ten entering the weekend of the opened the first time in 15 years,

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alongside US Open champion Brooks Koepka on 3-under par, and also a

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good couple of days for Scotland's Richie Ramsay, 2-under par for the

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Championship. To under par was the score for Rory Mcllroy around the

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links today and doesn't that look like a good round now? 1-under for

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the Championship, just back from the leader Spieth. Some selected others

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to take a look at. We have the round of the day from former open champion

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Zach Johnson, for under par took him to 1-over. Masters champion Sergio

:56:07.:56:11.

Garcia one shot further back on two over alongside defending champion

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Henrik Stenson. Tommy Fleetwood makes the weekend of an Open

:56:15.:56:18.

Championship for the first time in his fourth time of asking. Missed

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cuts, 2008 champion around Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington won't

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be over the weekend, and neither will Phil Mickelson was part of

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great shoot out at Troon last year. It did get a little wild out there

:56:33.:56:36.

today. But 1-under today for Jordan Spieth is a very impressive round of

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golf. Ken, what impressed you most about what Jordan did out there

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today? He called it scrappy but he would have taken it when he saw the

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forecast this morning. It was an unusual day starting with a howling

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wind, die down to nothing and warmed up and then the wind picked up. It

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was a scramble, club selection not easy but the key to his success was

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his putting, he reads the greens well, he was errant off the tees but

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generally it was a high quality and professional round. Anything really

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around par was good today and a few players went out there and hit some

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of the worst weather but they must feel like anything around par was

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good today. Rory was exceptional, I must say. He went out this morning

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and went out in 31 and showed his real quality ball striking. One of

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the examples was at number six, a fantastic drive, very tricky par-4

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and look at the shot, big rainbow shape, faded into this right-hand

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pin and that was a crackerjack and he produced lots of those on the

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front nine but on the back nine it was different, he lost his long game

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but then he said quality with his chipping and putting. Lots of

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awkward spots. Superb round and it got him right back into the

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tournament. He called it one of his best rounds at The Open Championship

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which says a lot for McIlroy. Somebody like Ian Poulter, great

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round of golf, right in amongst it again after a good weekend last

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weekend at the Scottish Open. He had the same problems, the rain poured

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down in the middle of the round, the wind picked up, club selection was

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tricky and he used his great skills of scrambling around, the quality of

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his play on links courses has always been good and he has the quality on

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the green. Ian Poulter played a quality round. It was so easy today

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to hit one or two errant shots and get a double bogey. It is all set up

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to be a very exciting weekend, and everybody will be glad to know that

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the weather is supposed to be better tomorrow. We will have highlights

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again tomorrow night on BBC Two at 8pm of all of Saturday's play, live

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coverage on Radio 5 live, out on the course from midday. On the BBC sport

:58:44.:58:47.

website there is live text and in play videos. As the wind blew and

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the rain lashed down at Royal Birkdale it was Jordan Spieth who

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held his nerve but he will have to be on guard as there are plenty

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waiting in the wings to pounce on the young Texan.

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When I think of the world we inhabit, everyone will think,

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Yeah. And it wasn't, it was done by hand

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Eilidh Barbour presents highlights from the second round of the Open Championship from Royal Birkdale.

It was American Phil Mickelson who led after the second round in 2016 - a two-under-par 69 lifting the American to ten under at Royal Troon. But in a portent of what was to come, a six-under 65 from eventual champion Henrik Stenson left the Swede only one shot behind. Stenson went on to claim the Claret Jug two days later, posting an Open Championship record score of 20-under-par.


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