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Last Updated: Friday, 21 July 2006, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Open R2 as it happened
Tiger Woods lines up a putt during his second round
Woods is firing on all cyclinders
Defending champion Tiger Woods went clear at the top of the leaderboard on 12 under after a brilliant round of 65.

South Africa's Ernie Els was his closest pursuer on 11 under par, with America's Chris DiMarco nine under.

Retief Goosen of South Africa is eight under after a 66, one ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain.

Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke missed the cut after falling apart on the back nine, with Robert Rock the best placed Briton on six under.


By Tom Fordyce and Ben Dirs

1903: Great bunker shot from Mick, and he saves par to finish with a 71 for four under. He was brilliant on the green, but only found half the fairways from the tee.

1859: Mickelson's second goes left into the rough. His chip looks like a beauty, but refuses to lie down and drops agonisingly into the bunker on the opposite side of the green. For once the smile drops off his face.

1850: Mickelson's drive on 18 flies into the crowd and hits a teenage boy on the arm. Perhaps aware of the speed with which lawyers can move, he puts his arm round the youngster and gives him a signed glove with the word "SORRY" written on the palm.

1840: Daly finishes with a triple-bogey eight, Monty with a par. Both men will miss the cut. There are no smiles to go with the end-of-round handshakes.

1835: Daly has thrown his round away. Having already taken three shots, he smashes a fairway wood out of bounds. He's now likely to miss the cut.

1830: Daly has smashed his drive on 18 a good 25 yards out of bounds. Someone in the tented village will just have had a nasty shock.

"I've always said that Fred Couples was a black labrador in a previous life." BBC Sport commentator Peter Alliss

1823: Seve Ballesteros, now eight over, is another of the old guard not having any fun. Neither is 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, who's seven over and in the bunker on 18. Monty, waiting on the 18th tee, is repeatedly bashing the ground with his driver. It's quite a distressing sight.

1818: A rare glimmer of sunshine for Monty - he pars the 17th. His face suggests that the sunshine is not so apparent to him.

1810: A mention for Darren Clarke, who if anything has fallen apart in even worse fashion than Mony. He's now seven over par after a cataclysmic run from the 12th to 16th.

"It was very tough out there with the wind blowing. I've just got to wake up tomorrow morning and forget about it." Greg Owen

1803: Monty may now explode. He misses a three-footer for par on the 16th and drops to four over. I'd hold back on any autograph requests if I were you. Phil Mickelson's charge just hasn't materialised either - he's stuck on three under.

1758: Monty is fuming. You wouldn't want to be within 20 feet of him at the moment. Greg Owen gets in on the act with a double bogey at the last to slip to four under.

1750: It's all falling apart for Monty. He double-bogeys the par three 15th, which makes it four dropped shots on the last three holes. He's now three over, and needs a miracle to make the cut.

"That was a lot of fun, to say the least." Ernie Els

1745: Ernie completes his round with a birdie to finish 11 under, just one shot off Tiger. He didn't drop a shot all day in his 65, despite playing under windier conditions than his rival at the top of the leaderboard.

1740: Monty's par putt comes up short, and he drops down to one over. Obviously cupped the bird too tightly on that one.

1737: Interviewed a few years back, Monty was asked for one tip that would most improve the golf of any amateur player. He fixed your reporter with a steely look and said: "When you're putting, hold the shaft with the same strength as you would cup a small bird." It was only a few hours later that the pointlessness of that tip sunk in. How many of us have ever cupped a small bird? Still, he meant well.

1734: Els will have a long, bumpy putt for an eagle on the 18th, which would bring him level with Tiger at the top. Meanwhile, Monty could be in trouble. He's already one shot off the projected cut, and now he's struggling for par on the 14th.

1727: Ernie gets safely up and down for his par, and will now be eyeing a birdie to polish his day off beautifully.

"The wind picked up this afternoon, and it was definitely much harder than this morning." Sergio Garcia

1721: Fantastic recovery from Sergio - he somehow finds the green with his third shot, rolls his putt to eight feet and holes for par. He finishes five under, but it's a tale of what could have been after that brilliant start.

1716: Els booms his drive off the 17th tee straight down the burnt fairway. Sergio's woes continue as his drive on 18 goes left into the rough. His attempted recovery sails across the fairway and into an even worse patch of thick stuff.

"Way too aggressive from Sergio. Dear oh dear." Ken Brown, BBC Sport commentator

1708: Ernie trickles in his birdie putt to move to 10 under, just two shots off Tiger. The way things are going, they'll go out in the same group on Saturday. Can Els close the gap between the pair on 17 and 18?

1702: Eagle putt for the pastel-wearing Ernie on 16. He sets it off well but it slips wide, although the birdie putt looks very sinkable.

1653: Par for Ernie on the 15th - his birdie putt wanders round the back of the hole. He'll fancy gaining a shot or two on these final three holes.

1645: Sergio's round is turning into a bit of a shocker. His chip shot at the 16th is taken by the slope and falls back off the side of the green. Ernie Els birdies 14 courtesy of a 10-foot putt and moves to within three of Tiger.

1643: Greg Owen bogeys 13 and falls back to six under. He needs to do something to arrest this slide.

1641: Mark Calcavecchia, champion in 1989, birdies the 18th to finish the day on five under, still in contention going into the weekend.

1638: Monty just misses his eagle putt at the 10th but makes his birdie putt coming back to move below par. Els plays a gorgeous approach at the 14th to give himself a chance of moving to nine under and outright second.

1634: Mickelson three-putts the seventh for a bogey and seems to be a little overawed by Tiger's display. He is now three under overall - nine behind his arch-rival Woods.

1630: England's Greg Owen fails with a par putt at 12 and slips back to seven under for the tournament.

1628: Donald makes a fine recovery from some fluffy stuff to the left of the 13th green. He'll have a 10-footer for par.

1625: Donald follows up a bogey at 12 with a wild tee shot at the par-three 13th. All that scrambling back up the greasy pole and he could be about to slide back down again.

1622: Ernie Els makes a fine, curling 10-footer at 12 to remain at eight under. The Big Easy certainly hasn't thrown in the towel yet, despite Tiger's sensational figures.

1621: Australia's Ben Bunny is in the last group out. Rumour has it that American veteran Fred Funk shook his hand and said "thank you" on the practice green. When Bunny asked "thank you for what?", Funk replied: "Because I've no longer got the most ridiculous name in golf."

1616: England's Luke Donald, who has only ever made one Open cut, is tearing up the course. He's now five under after 11 and has climbed to three under for the Championship.

1611: Sergio Garcia drops another at 13 to slip back to five under The Spaniard's putting stroke is looking very fragile. Monty chips in at the eighth to get back to level par. Perhaps the big man will be around at the weekend after all. Long John Daly follows him in with a 30-footer to move to one under.

1602: Tiger Woods will be back at his gaff somewhere near Liverpool, feet up, perhaps eating a Funny Foot, and liking what he's seeing. No-one is really taking the course by the unmentionables and Tiger, once again, appears to have some sort of psychological grip over the field.

1600: Mickelson makes par with a four-footer at five. He stays at three under and has not made the progress he would have wanted thus far.

1558: Sergio three-putts at the 12th to slip back to six under. Were it not for his continued travails on the greens, he would be challenging Tiger for the lead.

1555: Phil Mickelson, who played a wild approach at the par-five fifth, makes a smart chip back over a park bench to give himself a birdie chance.

1548: Ernie Els salvages a birdie at the par-five 10th to move to eight under - four strokes behind Tiger.

1544: Monty, who promised to take a few more risks today, takes driver off the tee at seven and his ball ends up in the wispy stuff down the right-hand side. Sergio also has a whack with the big fella at 12, and ends up in the rough to the left of the fairway. Evidence, perhaps, that Tiger's score is causing his chasers to take more risks that they'd like.

1542: Spain's Sergio Garcia misses another birdie putt at the 11th. He is seven under, but he could be breathing right down Tiger's neck.

1539: Greg Owen, one of a record 29 Englishmen in the field, makes birdie at the par-three ninth to move to eight under. Colin Montgomerie, one of only four Scots, makes par at the sixth and remains one over.

1525: Is that a smile from Monty? He rolls home a four-footer for a birdie on the 5th to move back to one over - still two shots more than the projected cut. The scorching weather continues at Hoylake. The course is so baked that from the air it looks like a giant sheet of parchment.

1520: Sergio's so deep in that bunker that he can't even see the green. He tries to splash out but catches it too thick, and the ball trundles into the rough on the other side of the pin. A wonder-chip saves the day and he grabs par.

1515: Mike Weir, quiet so far, birdies the 9th to go back to four under after his dropped shot on the 1st.

1508: Els eyes a birdie on the 8th but it slips past. Meanwhile Sergio and Casey both find the deep bunker on the right of the 10th green.

1502: Daly chips to four feet at the 4th. Apparently he drinks 15 cans of cola a day - an almost impossible total for most people. He must have to have at least one can at breakfast to stay on track - posssibly two. Monty misses another birdie chance at the same hole as he scrabbles to make the cut.

1457: Birdie for Luke Donald at the 7th - his second of the day. The galleries have emptied a little after the Tiger show came to an end, and the tented village is rammed with punters looking to load up with lunch.

1448: Birdie putt for Monty on the 3rd - but he gets the line wrong. He picks up his ball and stares at it morosely. Darren Clarke, glad in pale green trousers and an eyeball-searing lime shirt, watches his second shot on the 3rd burrow into a bunker at the front left of the green.

1440: Ernie makes it three birdies in the first six holes with another long, slow putt to join Garcia on seven under. Ian Poulter steps onto the 1st tee wearing a black outfit with lime green piping (plus the inevitable sequins) like a man auditioning for Strictly Come Golfing.

"You wouldn't want to walk down too many back streets wearing that, would you?" Mark James, BBC Sport commentator

1432: Garcia notches up birdie no.3 on the 7th green to go to seven under. Els is also on the march - he's up to six under after a birdie on the 5th.

1426: Incredible golf from Jim Furyk on the 4th. Stuck in a bunker, he takes out his putter and thwacks the ball up the steep turf wall, round the next bunker and onto the green. He then curves in his par putt to widespread disbelief.

1420: Sergio has another nibble at a birdie at 6, but leaves it short. Monty manages to miss his par putt, to horrified groans from the crowd. He wrinkles his nose like a man walking past a row of dustbins.

1414: Daly's drive was so long that he's able to just flight a high iron onto the green. Monty's also safely there, with a four-footer for par. With the cut projected at one under, he needs to get busy. Freddie Couples has got busy in the wrong way - he's just made his fourth consecutive bogey.

1406: On the 5th, Sergio picks up his second birdie of the day to go to six under. Not good news for Kenneth Ferrie though - he's injured his back on the 8th tee and decides to withdraw from proceedings.

1400: Goosen finds the sand on the 18th with his second, but dinks out to within seven feet and then nails his birdie putt to close on eight under. Monty walks onto the first tee to raptuous applause and finds the fairway with his drive. Playing partner Daly winds up a monster and blasts his drive way left.

1352: Sergio stays steady with par on the 4th, while South Africa's Richard Sterne bags a hole-in-one on the 15th. That's the good news for Sterne - the bad is that it only takes him to five over. On closer inspection, John Daly's shirt is sponsored by Hooters, which suggests that the Cavern is not the only sort of club he likes to go to.

1349: Ernie Els fires his approach on the 3rd to six feet for a great birdie chance. Back on the practice range, Dougie D is now talking to John Daly, who says he enjoyed a trip to the Cavern Club in Liverpool yesterday. Daly seems to be under the impression that the venue is the same one that played host to the Beatles - but as fans of the Fab Four will tell you, the original Cavern was demolished many years ago.

1341: A shocker for Goosen on 17 - he misses a four-footer for par and slips back to seven under. That's bogey-eagle-bogey over his last three holes. You can't see much of his face under that green cap, but what you can see isn't smiling.

"I got it going today. I felt I really had my pace right." Tiger Woods

1334: Retief Goosen grabs his second eagle of the day to move to eight under with two to play. Meanwhile, Colin Montgomerie chats to Dougie Donnelly on the practice range. It's like a man interviewing himself in a mirror.

"My daughter has just phoned me on my mobile and said, 'Daddy - Tiger is running away with it!'" Colin Montgomerie

1331: Tiger pops his putt in for a round of 65. He hands his putter to caddie Williams before removing his cap and waving it regally at the gallery.

1328: Relief all round for the rest of the field - Tiger's birdie attempt wanders wide. He'll finish with a five for par and stay on 12 under. Faldo finishes with a bogey six and ends four over - no more golf for him this weekend.

1322: A huge round of applause for Tiger and Faldo as they stroll onto the final green. There's 16 majors in total between these two - not a bad group to follow round the course. But Faldo isn't finishing in the way he wanted - his chip from off the green flies straight into a mine-shaft of a bunker.

Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo
Tiger and Faldo kiss and make up at Hoylake

1319: Tiger plays safe and chops out onto the fairway. No gambles there. He then takes a nine-iron and punches it to within 18 feet of the pin. Somehow he's wangled himself a birdie chance from nowhere.

1307: Tiger gets lucky. His drive goes left and just tickles the edge of the bunker before coming to rest in the rough. He'll do well to reach the green in two from there. Faldo finds the fairway. His son Matthew, caddying for him again, looks as weary as you'd expect a teenager to look after lugging his old man's clubs around all day.

1302: Woods comfortably pars the 17th and marches on to the 18th tee. He eagled the last yesterday and is definitely sniffing at least a birdie this time around. Meanwhile, Ernie Els tees off the 1st.

1251: Woods has a five-foot birdie putt at 16 to go to 12 under, seven under for the round. He rolls it in without a hint of trouble and now leads by three. Sergio responds by rattling in a 20-footer for birdie on the first to go to five under.

"I'd love to be Steve Williams. What a horse he's riding here." Wayne Grady, BBC Sport summariser

1242: Sergio Garcia is underway, playing alongside birthday boy Paul Casey and Fred Couples. Not for Sergio the beige outfit of his compatriot Jimenez - he's plumped for lipstick-red trousers. He booms his drive straight down the middle of the fairway.

1235: Better news for DiMarco - he birdies the last to finish nine under. He was seven under for the day, and will be pretty happy with that - if it wasn't for miracle man Woods, he'd be looking down on the entire field.

1231: Woods pars 15 and manages to look disappointed - he's playing that well. Faldo also takes par, but with the cut looking like it'll come at one under, his four over isn't looking too pretty.

1225: DiMarco disappears into the rough on 17. He hacks out like a man cutting his way through the jungle with a machete, but can't make par. His bogey drops him down to eight under - three behind Tiger.

1222: Jimenez, the beige crusader, birdies the last to finish on seven under. At one stage he looked like he was going to have the round of his life, but it all fell away just as Woods began to accelerate.

1215: Extraordinary from Woods. Having underhit his tee-shot on the 14th, he takes out his four-iron and then flights the ball over the bunkers, onto the green and straight into the hole. It's an eagle two, and a two shot lead. He high-fives caddie Steve Williams before walking onto the green with a beamer of a smile to soak up the applause.

1207: Tiger - decked out today in a marbled white top - saves par on the 13th with a putt from the outer reaches of the green that glides to within six inches. He's still not firing from the tee, but his play around the green is fantastic. Meanwhile McDowell bogeys the 18th to drop back to five under. It was a good bogey putt too - a wobbler from 12 feet.

1200: DiMarco has a birdie chance of his own on 16, albeit from 25 feet. He rolls it to within two feet and polishes off for par.

"It's out there for the taking today." Paul Azinger, BBC summariser

1150: Tiger's in a good mood - his birdie putt on 12 misses to the left, but he's still all smiles. In goes the par putt, and he stays on nine under.

1143: Chris DiMarco responds immediately with the seventh birdie of his round on the 15th to join Woods on nine under.

1140: Tiger Woods takes the outright lead with his fifth birdie in eight holes to get to nine under.

1134: South African Retief Goosen has made a strong start to his second round with two birdies and an eagle in his first eight holes. He has joined the group on six under, two off the lead. The others are Robert Rock, overnight leader Graeme McDowell, Jimenez and Adam Scott.

1128: It's Tiger time again. Woods has an eagle putt on the 10th to take the outright lead, but pushes it just right of the hole. But the birdie takes him level with Chris DiMarco at the head of the leaderboard.

1120: Young Englishman Robert Rock, looking like the suave lead in a 1970s cop show, birdies the last for a 69 to join the group on six under.

1115: Australian Adam Scott has quietly crept up the leaderboard, a birdie on the 11th taking him to six under.

1112: Chris DiMarco's birdie bonanza ends for the time being, but a comfortable par on the 12th keeps him out front on eight under.

1110: Tiger settles for a par on the ninth to go out in 33. The world number one then pulls out his three-wood for only the second time today on thr 10th tee and spanks his tee shot right down the middle.

1105: After threatening to capitulate with a woeful tee shot on the 12th, Miguel Angel Jimenez comes up with a great chip and putt to salvage par. Can the Spaniard recover his earlier poise over the closing holes.

1103: Rory Sabbatini comes home in 70 to join Thaworn Wiratchant as the clubhouse leader on five under.

1100: The large crowds at Hoylake are lapping up the action in warm sunshine now. There were 38,500 spectators on Thursday, 500 more than the opening day at St Andrews last year.

1055: Tiger Woods holes a monster putt right across the eighth green to get to seven under, a shot behind the leader DiMarco.

1049: Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant, in the first group out at 0630, completes a fine round of 68 with a 10-foot birdie on the last to move up to five under, two off the lead.

1047: Nick Faldo shares a bit of banter with the roving BBC cameraman who is only a few feet away from him as he bounds up the eighth fairway. "How do you power that thing," he enquires. "Do you steer it with your feet?"

1045: Rory Sabbatini, who was among the group on six under, drops a shot on the 17th after a poor approach shot.

1040: All change at the top of the leaderboard. Chris DiMarco birdies the 10th to get to seven under, while Jimenez drops his third shot in five holes on the 11th to drop back to six under.

1037: Nick Faldo punches another good approach shot to the seventh hole. His iron play has been exemplary, but his putter has let him down in the last two holes.

1032: Englishman Robert Rock has recovered superbly from three successive bogeys early on. An eagle on the 10th and a third birdie on the 15th has taken him to five under, two off the lead.

1029: Tiger Woods settles for a par on the sixth but Nick Faldo, after a woeful putt for a birdie, drops his first shot of the day to slip back to three over.

1025: South African Rory Sabbatini has an eagle putt on the 16th to tie for the lead, but settles for a birdie to join the group on six under.

1020: "Chris DiMarco has gone a bit potty today," according to Peter Alliss. The American has birdied the eighth and ninth, to add to those he enjoyed on one and two, to get to six under.

1015: The Tiger is on the prowl. After a bogey on the third, he rattles in a second straight birdie on the fifth to move alongside McDowell on six under, a shot off the lead. Nick Faldo shows his exasperation after failing to give another presentable birdie chance the necessary oomph.

1010: After a towering approach shot to the 10th, Graeme McDowell has an eagle putt from 20 feet. It is off target but a comfortable birdie as the Northern Irishman goes back to second on his own on six under.

1007: Jimenez has a chance of a birdie on the ninth green but narrowly misses with an 18-footer. The cigar-smoking Spaniard is out in 33, two under for his round.

1000: Jimenez' lead is now down to two shots after a second succesive bogey on the eighth. He is now seven under par.

0957: Veteran BBC commentator Peter Alliss is musing on the wonderful views provided by cameras high up over the course. Mark James chips in: "Have you been on Google Earth Peter?". PA: "Google Er?" MJ: "I've looked into your back garden. PA: "Ooh, I don't like that."

0955: Tiger Woods wastes no time in repairing the damage of his last hole with a birdie on the fourth to re-join the group on five under. Nick Faldo rattles in his third birdie in four holes to get to two over.

0950: Australian Adam Scott joins a group now containing six golfers on five under after another birdie on the fifth. The others are Sabbatini, McDowell, Keiichiro Fukabori, and two others yet to start to rounds - Greg Owen (off at 1320) and Anthony Wall (1515).

0948: South African Rory Sabbatini, whos started with two bogeys, has just birdied the 11th, 12th and 13th holes, after an earlier one at the seventh, to move into a tie for second on five under par.

0945: Tiger Woods misses with an eight-foot putt for par on the third to drop to four under, four shots behind the leader Jimenez. Nick Faldo settles for a par after a long-range birdie putt.

0940: Jimenez is still 18 short of the flag after his chip shot on the seventh. The Spaniard is unable to retrieve it as his par putt drifts narrowly wide, dropping his first shot of the day.

0930: Australian Adam Scott makes up for a bogey on the second with a birdie at the fourth to get back to four under.

0927: Nick Faldo, battling to make the cut after his opening 77, continues his encouraging start with a second successive birdie to get back to three over. Tiger Woods holes a slippery five-footer to stay at five under.

0921: Jimenez appears in trouble after pushing his tee shot on the par-three sixth into a deep greenside bunker. But he plays a brilliant shot out of the sand to within two feet of the flag to save par.

0919: Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant, after three birdies in his first 10 holes, drops a shot at the 12th to drop back to three under.

0913: Miguel Angel Jimenez continues his fantastic start by holing an eagle putt from around 15 feet on the fifth to go four shots clear.

0911: Tiger Woods narrowly misses a birdie putt and settles for an opening par, but Nick Faldo rattles in his attempt to get back to four over par. The feud between them appears to be over as they are seen chatting and smiling on the way up to the green.

0905: Jimenez birdies the fourth hole to go two shots clear of the field on seven under par.

0858: Tiger Woods is on the tee and starts his round with a fine drive that splits the fairway, as does playing partner Nick Faldo.

0854: Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant joins DiMarco on four under after claiming a birdie at the 10th, his third of the day so far.

0846: American Chris DiMarco is making a move and two birdie threes at the start of the second round puts him just two shots off Jimenez.

0844: Rock has had an eventful morning. After a par at the first, he racked up three straight bogey-fives before claiming a birdie at the fifth. He is now on one under.

0835: Graeme McDowell appears to have recovered his composure after his early setback, recording a second successive par at the third.

0830: Jimenez pars the second to stay one ahead of the field. Swede Carl Pettersson, on four under, is also on the course, parring the first.

0820: Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez takes the outright lead on six under after a birdie on his opening hole.

0815: Graeme McDowell pars the second to stay at five under, one of five players on that score.

0807: Englishman Simon Dyson is on the march, hoovering up birdies at the first and third, either side of a bogey, before an eagle takes him to one under par.

0800: Not a good start for overnight leader Graeme McDowell, who drops a shot on the opening hole despite a good drive. The Northern Irishman is now tied for the lead on five under with five others including Tiger Woods.

0758: Better news too for Fred Funk fans. After four dropped shots on his first two holes, the 50-year-old American rattles in a birdie at the fifth to get back to level par.

0755: Mark O'Meara is back under par after collecting a birdie at the fourth.

0750: The only player to make any sort of move up the leaderboard so far is Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant. He collects his second birdie of the morning on the fifth to move up to three under.

0748: McDowell, who did not drop a shot on Thursday, pulls out the driver from his bag. The Northern Irishman confidently belts his opening tee shot down the middle of the fairway.

0747: The leader's group are on the first tee. American Lucas Glover is the first to go, followed by Australian Peter Lonard. Then the man the crowd have been waiting for...Graeme McDowell, wearing a blue shirt and green trousers today.

0743: Robert Rock slips back to two under after a bogey on the second.

0738: Overnight leader Graeme McDowell is on the putting green as he wraps up his preparations ahead of his 0747 scheduled start.

0730: Mark O'Meara bogeys the second to drop back to level, while Fred Funk's nightmare start continues with another bogey. He has dropped four shots in his first two holes.

0725: Englishman Robert Rock, who opened with a 69, has begun his second round with a par at the first. Thai Thaworn Wiratchant reverses the early trend with a birdie at the third to move to two under.

0720: The early starters are finding life a lot tougher than on Thursday, with Rich Beem adding a bogey to his opening double-bogey. The American is now two over par.

0715: Funk's playing partner Rory Sabbatini has also started poorly, bogeying the first two holes to drop to one-under.

0710: Fred Funk has flunked his opened test, racking up a triple-bogey seven on the opening hole, undoing all his good work on Thursday. He drops back to level par.

0705: Mark O'Meara, the 1998 Open champion, is out on the course, starting with a solid par after his opening 71.

0702: Carol Kirkwood has downgraded her forecast to a "tiny risk" of showers, but warns of thundery showers on Saturday.

0653: Rich Beem, the former USPGA champion, made a horror start to his second round with a double bogey on the first. The minus in front of his score is replaced with a plus as he drops to one over par.

0648: BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood tells us it will be humid at Hoylake today. "You can tell it will be humid because the snails are out", she declares breezily. Carol also forecasts hazy sunshine and some showers.

0641: American Fred Funk and South African Rory Sabbatini, who both shot three-under-par 69s on Thursday, are the first players on the leaderboard to start their second rounds. They are accompanied by 1985 Open winner Sandy Lyle.

0630: The first group of American Rich Beem, Scott Drummond and Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant tee off.

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