DJ Trahan ducks back under the cut mark with a birdie at 17, par down the last will keep him at Turnberry at the weekend. Right, I'm going to wrap this up now. Thanks for reading, and you might want to think about having a punt on old Tom - 33-1 with some bookmakers, and if he can keep on putting like he did on the last, well, you never know...
News reaches me of the Saltman brothers, the first set since the Ballesteros boys to play together in an Open - Lloyd is +10 after 14, Elliot has already missed the cut by two shots after a round of 76. Tiger - fancy doing some commentary over the weekend? Tiger! Tiger! No, can't be bothered.
Tiger has left the building in a rather bland looking Merc, and he won't be coming back. Pictures gone, but news of Edfors! Anyone want news of Edfors? Well, you're going to get it anyway - birdie at 17, he's limboed back under the cut! Briny Baird has somehow bogeyed 17, looks like he's going to miss out.
Johan Edfors of Sweden and DJ Trahan of the United States have fallen the wrong side of the cut after bogeys at 16 and 15 respectively. Chris Wood pars 15 to get back to one over after bogey at 14.
This Steve Marino chap seems like a laid-back customer - he only played his first round of links golf on Tuesday, and here he is leading the Open. "Tomorrow it will hit him when he's playing with Tom Watson," says Wayne Grady, with a sadistic grin. Howell did knock in that short putt for a par at 18 - a round of 73, +1 for the championship.
Pics back, and just in time to see David Howell cosy up a longish birdie putt at 18. Jaidee in for a round of 72 for +1 overall, Cink drains his tester from six feet for a round of 72 and -2 overall, Not sure what happened to Howell, they cut to a chat with leader Steve Marino... I'll find out...
A big knot of players at +4, including former champion Mark O'Meara, 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and world number three Paul Casey. I've still got to bets in the blender, Jim Furyk (-1) and Ross Fisher (-3). Own up, who's made a complete wally of themselves down the bookies?
Right, I've lost pictures, but I'll endeavour to keep you posted on the movers and shakers still out and about. A little update on the big names we won't be seeing this weekend: Ian Poulter (+14), Geoff Ogilvy (+13), Greg Norman (+12), Hunter Mahan (+11), Sir Nick (+11), Lucas Glover (+9), Anthony Kim (+6), Ben Curtis (+5) and Mike Weir (+5). Oh yeh, and Tiger Woods (+5)...
Stewart Cink with a dreamy little chip on at 17, he'll be tapping in for birdie to move to -2, and that he does. Crossbar! Howell just misses left with his long eagle putt at 17, but he's back to +1 and not out of it by any means. And I shouldn't forget Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, who makes a rare bogey at 17 to drop back to one over.
Woods pops in for around of 74 and +5 for the championship. He's a goner, as are half the assembled media. England's Wood, on the other hand, stays level with a par at 12.
Great effort from Woods, right on line, but he's short and his fate now lays in the hands of players still out on the course. It's unlikely he'll make it, though, which means he'll have his feet up during the weekend of a major for only the third time in his career, and only the second time since turning pro. Westwood misses by a whisker with his birdie attempt, in with a round of 70 for two under overall. Ishikawa misses with his par putt - the young Japanese player cards a 78 for +6 overall. He dropped shots at every hole but two on the back nine.
Seventy-five players currently on the cut at +4 or better, Woods needs to make this disappear. Much conjecture as to what Woods might do if he does stick this in, the man to my left is thinking a charge down the fairway and a Flintoff twirling of his shirt around his head.
Woods now, out of the wispy stuff. Eight iron, 199 yards, but that's not too clever, the ball running on and off back right. If he knocks that in for birdie, I'll buy everyone reading this a Slush Puppie. What a shot that is from Westwood - right over the bunker, and his ball comes to rest a few feet from the hole. Big chance of a birdie.
Very neat-looking card that from Leonard, two bogeys and two birdies, the rest pars. Chris Wood is level par, but he gets a flyer out of the rough at 13. Here's Howell with a nasty right-to-lefter for par at 16, but he misses left and drops back to two over. Cink makes his birdie from 10 feet, back in the red.
Woods takes an iron out on the 18th tee, but still pushes his tee shot right. Light rough, and there's been only 35 birdies at the final hole. Ishikawa down the middle, before Westwood goes one-handed! No need for that... almost a duff, but it scuttles down the middle. Justin Leonard, champion in 1997, is in with a 70 for level overall.
Nerve-jangling eight-footer for Westwood, but that's unerring, straight in the middle, and he's two under. Woods in for his birdie - five over, but he needs another one down the last...
Westwood with a dirty old putt from the front edge of the 17th green. He starts it miles right, and although he comes boomeranging back, he's got a testy one for birdie. Ishikawa shows some stones, he rams home a 10-footer to get back to five over. He may require another one at the last, however.
Ishikawa clips his third on at 17, he'll have a makeable putt for birdie. Woods now from just off the back of the green... big old bender, he'll have a three-footer for birdie to get back to five over.
You lucky boy, Tiger - his five wood skips over the bunker to the left of the green and curls to the back of the green. Westwood on in two with a couple of irons. Howeller for a birdie two at the par-three 15th. It curls right, he stays one over. Good to see the former Ryder Cupper playing well. Cink drops another at 15 to fall back to +4 for the day and level overall.
Luke Donald looks like he's secure for the weekend, he's +3 after a round of 72. And here's Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland - par at the last, a pair of 71s and he's right in the mix at +2.
Villegas with a nervy little par putt at 18 - bogey, but he's one under after a round of 73. Big moment for Woods - on tee at the par-five 17th, and it's downwind... he doesn't like that, but he's found the fairway... Ishikawa, who's blown up down the back nine with seven dropped shots, pulls out his three wood and slaps his ball into the bunker 330 yards down the fairway. Westwood with a five iron, and he outhits Woods.
Westwood's got a horrific lie for his third shot at 16, but he makes a decent fist of it. Fifteen footer down the hill for par, however. Cink's 10-foot birdie putt dies and ducks left, he stays one under after 14. Woods has got one of them back at 16 - cracking clutch putt from 15 feet, he's six over. Westwood's par putt stays right, he's back to -1.
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Stewart Cink plays a fabulous approach to 14 to give him a good birdie chance, but Lee Westwood follows a birdie with a horror approach at 16 and he's gone way left into the rough stuff. Tiger lands his plumb right of the flag to give himself a much-needed birdie chance - he's taking about 12 seconds to line up and execute at the moment.
"I'm still a little emotional - things turned around with those long putts at 16 and 18. I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I could win the tournament, as luck would have it I'm still there, let's hope luck will stay on my side."US legend and Open co-leader Tom Watson
Graeme McDowell makes par at the last and he comes in with a 73 to finish the second round one over - not out of contention by a very, very long way. Vijay Singh is even more in the mixer after ending with real style - he shoots a 70 and is three under.
Great chat from TV's Ken Brown, who says 50 players started the day under par and there are only 20 left. Tiger Woods has only ever missed five cuts in his entire professional career, a quite phenomenal record. David Howell misses a birdie putt at 13, but stays level par. Lee Westwood, meanwhile, slots in a gorgeous 30-foot putt for a three at 15 and he's back to two under - that was his first birdie of the day.
Ladies' favourite Camilo Villegas drifts his eagle putt a touch past at 17, but soon rattles home for a birdie - after typically lying down on the green to try and read it. The Colombian is two under, and looking a genuine contender.
I won't lie to you - attention in the office is being diverted from Lord's the Turnberry and back again at a frantic pace. It turns out that England aren't rubbish at cricket, they are actually
all over the Aussies at the moment in the second Ashes Test.
Along with Tom Watson's sensational performance, I'm finding it hard to contain myself. very hard.
Tiger Woods saves par at 13 and he needs something Tom Watson-esque if he is to stay alive for the weekend. Lee Westwood raps in for par too, he remains one under, the Worksop-born star.
Finally, mortal humans are able to relate to the great Tiger Woods. Remember the day - it might not happen again. Oh, and give yourselves a cheeky manual refresh, cos Dirsy - while singing 'The first cut is the deepest' rather melodically to himself - has wondered off for a little break, so you're with Stevo for a few minutes.
Eagle for Singh of Fiji! He's back to three under after 17... I'm on a break, here's Stevo for a bit...
Woods looks like he'd rather be melting in the forges of hell than playing out there at Turnberry at the moment. Not the case for Watson! What a putt at the last, a birdie from fully 60 feet, and don't the galleries just love it. The five-time champion in with a 70 and he shares the lead at five under with fellow American Steve Marino. Garcia makes par to finish with a 69 for one under, and Manassero pops in for a 70 for one ovr overall. Love is all around up on the 18th green, you've got to love Old Tom, he gets a whole formation of US flags for that.
Garcia right into the heart of the green, he'll have a birdie putt at the last from 30 feet. Watson and Manassero both onto the apron. Howeller on fire - cracking approach over the bunker at 12. Here come the eldest and the youngest in the tournament down the 18th - nice touch from Manassero, clapping Watson ahead.
Things falling apart for Ishikawa too, his par putt from 15 feet misses right and he drops to +5. Steve Stricker of the United States drops another at the last for a round of 77 and +3 for the championship. Woods misses his testy putt coming back - that's bogey, bogey, double bogey, par, bogey, bogey. Seven over, looks like he's a goner.
Not that I'm savouring this, but stick around, I don't think you'll ever see Woods play as bad as this again. His chip at 13 dribbles on, before running out of gas and curling back down the hump at the back of the green. This is getting odd now - Woods doesn't even walk onto the green to measure up his putt, before rapping his fourth shot miles past. Hmmm...
I don't think I've ever seen Tiger play so poorly - another muffed second at 13, he'll do well to get up and down from there. Manassero, the 16-year-old amateur from Italy, wallops his drive down the middle at 18...
Cut prediction +4, 84 players currently at the cut or better. Tiger isn't one of them. Howell makes par at 11 to stay level. Oliver Wilson two over after coming in with a 70...
Dreamy little bunker escape from Garcia at 17, as Westwood pings an iron down the fairway at 13. Tiger in the first cut. Watson just shaves the hole with his birdie attempt at 17. Here's Garcia though, and he's somehow escaped with a birdie after that errant drive. The Spaniard right in the mix at one under. Vijay rolls in for birdie at 16 to move back to one under.
BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter:
"It's still blowing out here, no wonder today has been messier than a two-year-old eating yogurt. Confident about who's going to win? Thought not."
Another dropped shot from Woods at 12, he's back to five over. Westwood buries his tiddler for par, he stays one under. Villegas, the much-fancied Colombian, leaves his birdie putt a few inches left at 15, he stays four off the lead at one under.
Woods only able to pop it out 60 yards down the 12th fairway, as Greg Norman, winner at Tunrberry in 1986, marches down the 18th. He won't be around at the weekend, he's 12 over par. Ishikawa under-clubs at 12, or maybe he caught it a touch heavy. Woods judges his distance perfectly, he'll have a 20-footer for birdie. David Duval, the 2001 champion, drops to seven over with a bogey at the last... three doubles in his round today. He's playing with England's Nick Dougherty, who's level for the day and level for the championship. Here's Ana Ivanovic's chap, Adam Scott. Terrible Open record, and it's not getting any better - five over, although if it was a toss-up between being holed up in a Scottish cabin with Ivanovic for the weekend and playing 36 holes of golf, I know what I'd choose.
Garcia clatters a provisional 30 yards past the bunker at 335 yards, bit of anger on that. Here's the Howeller! Great putt across the 10th, he's back to level after a couple of bogeys. Nicest man in golf? No. He's the nicest man in sport.
Woods and Westwood make solid pars at 11. Ishikawa slides his par putt by and he's back to two over. Woods gets a shooter off the tee at 12, and it's bucket and shovel time. Watson can still give it a rap - he's found the bunker 335 yards off the tee in the middle of the fairway. Garcia in trouble - straight left off the clubface and there's nobody there to search for it.
Tom Watson rams home a mammoth birdie putt at 16, he's back to four under, one behind leader Steve Marino. They tell me Wogan's was massive, but that was almost as big. A kiss for the ball, the guy's all class. Manassero follows Watson in with a slip-sliding birdie to get to +1. The oldest and the youngest players in the field share some skin, before Garcia makes his birdie putt too... the Spaniard pumps his fist, as well he might, he's back to one under.
Some chat about Woods's flight today, some commentators have been struck by how high he's been hitting it in these conditions, but he finds the green at the par-three 11th. Here's BOOOOO! Good chance missed by Weekley at 7, he stays one under.
Woods holes his saver at 10, he falls back to four over and he's got plenty of spadework to do on the back nine if he's going to be around at the weekend. Westwood serenely plops in for a par to remain -1. Garcia makes one disappear at the par-three 15th, the Spaniard back to level.
Ishikawa, his ball unplayable, has to drop. Woods, who has only missed two cuts in major championships, flops on eventually, but he's got a testy putt for for I believe will be double bogey, but it's all a bit confusing to be honest. Ishikawa's bogey putt comes up just short and he drops back to one over.
Woods still has 220 yards to the pin, and he just manages to carry a two iron over the bunker front right. Watson has managed to reign in a potentially out of control round, it looks like being another par at 15. More gardening at 10, now Ishikawa has found the island of rough in the middle of the sandy doughnut about 30 yards in front of the green. This trio better be careful, there'll be balls whistling over their heads if this carries on much longer.
Time's up we think... but someone's whistled across just as he's about to hit his provisional... wasted walk for Tiger, and after traipsing across the fairway to have a look, he's sent back to play his third... Tiger in a bit of trouble here, the cut mark's currently +3, Tiger's +2...
Remarkable scenes on the 10th - Tiger mobbed on all sides, and he thinks he's found it, but that's not his ball. Most amateurs in the same situation would have got the old leather wedge out and given it a boot before shouting a hearty "found it!" over to his playing partner, but that's not in the Royal and Ancient rule book, I'm afraid.
Steve Marino of the United States is the leader by the way, on five under. Mark Calcavecchia, 1989 champion, is one shot back, while there are seven players in a tie for third on three under. Woods has sprayed it again off the 10th tee - he played a provisional, and they're still dredging for his ball in the deep stuff... "no-one heard or saw it?" asks Woods, as the five minute countdown starts...
Solid drive from Westwood, although he'll have a long second. Manassero only needs to make the cut to be the low amateur, and he's got another birdie chance at 14 to move to level par. Garcia trumps him, however, sticking his approach to within a couple of feet. Stewart Cink with his second birdie in a row at 8, he's back to two under.
Watson draws his approach just a little bit too much, but that's OK, he's at the back of the 14th green. Out on the 10th tee, which hangs out above the rocks below like a cormorant's nest, Ishikawa sprays his drive miles right...
Woods' big left-to-righter for par at 9 dies a death, he'll have a fidgety little putt for bogey. Westwood gets his line just right, great nail for a par - he's out in 36 for one under overall. Woods in for bogey, he drops to two over.
A real grind down the 9th for Westwood, Woods and Ishikawa, the wind really taking the flag by the lapels and giving it a good shake now. A few spots of rain again, as Westwood and Ishikawa both pop on in three. Fine shot from the Japanese, he'll tap in for an outward 36. Watson cuffs his tee shot down the middle of the 14th.
Chris Wood with a delicate little chip onto the 5th, he's still two under. Watson makes par at 13 to stay three under, still right in the blender. Westwood, playing straight into the wind, comes up short at 9, but that was a decent clump nonetheless. That's why Garcia won't win this (probably) - another edgy birdie putt from six feet at 13, he stays +1.
The Howeller - a Jimmy Rimmer at the 7th from a few feet away, he stays -1. Cink back to minus two with a birdie at the same hole.
Has Woods hooked his tee shot at 9 miles left? We think so, but I'll keep you posted. Westwood, barracked by the wind on the tee, rolls off into the thick stuff. Hog's back fairway, almost impossible to land it on there. Tiger has gone left, he storms into the distance like a teenager who's just had his mobile phone confiscated.
News of Chris Wood, last year's leading amateur - he's two under for the championship after two birdies in his first four holes. Manassero, a leading contender for the Silver Medal this year, makes a long one disappear to move to one over after 12 holes.
Westwood using his putter from off the green at 8... it curls off to the right, at least one stroke gone. Calcs with a monster birdie putt at 17 - right line from 60 feet away, but just short. A round of 69 - four birdies, three bogeys, only the fifth man under - and he's one off leader Steve Marino. Shot gone for Tiger at 9, he's back to one over.
Garcia into the guts of the green with his second at the 12th. Choppy old shot from Villegas at the 10th, the wind really got hold of that. Here's big Mark Calcavecchia down the 18th, and he parachutes in for two. The 1989 champion vanquished the Australian pair of Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in a four-hole play-off at Royal Troon.
Calcavecchia's handbag gets in the way at 17, but he taps in for par to stay four under par. Tom Watson with that clockwork swing of his, and he's safely on in two at 12. The 16-year-old Manassero finds the heart... Westwood pushes his second right of the green at 8, tricky up and down.
Villegas rams home his six-footer for par at the 9th, he stays two under. Woods a little wild off the tee at 8, Westwood pings his drive down the right, Ishikawa finds the left of the fairway.
Ishikawa with a good clutch putt from six feet at 7, he stays one over for the day, one under for the championship. Woods in for his first birdie of the day, he's back to level, and Westwood is in for par. Only four players have broken par today - Steve Marino, Ross Fisher, Daniel Gaunt and Ryuiji Imada.
Nice little chip on from Westwood, he'll stay two under after his seventh consecutive par. Birdie for Tom at 11, he's back to three under, two off the leader Steve Marino.
Woods with an absolute pearler of a wedge, he'll have a five-footer for par at 7. Calcavecchia gives his second a meaty tonk at 17, but he finds the rough short right. Shot gone for Garcia at 11, he's back to one over.
Watson at 11, and he'll have a 15-foot birdie attempt. Villegas with his second at 9, and he's out of the frying pan and into the fire. That shower, which has passed, will make playing out of the rough feel like stirring tar. Ishikawa joins Westwood in the little hollow at 7.
Woods opts for an iron into the 7th green, and comes up well short. Not sure why he didn't take a rescue there and go for the putting surface. Ishikawa chops onto the fairway, before Westwood wraps his rescue round one and finds the little groove to the left of the green. Good connection that.
Here's Calcavecchia, or Cal'ecchia as he is know on scoreboards across the globe. Par at 16, he stays four under, just one off the lead. Villegas makes birdie at 8, he moves to two under. Kuboya of Japan in with a two-over 72, he's three under for the championship.
Broad's off, Onions on, about time... Woods, wind into his face, rasps a driver down the right of the 7th fairway. Westwood from the elevated tee, and he gets a nice bounce right onto the short stuff. On this side of the course it's actually pretty rain-free, as Ishikawa tugs his drive left into triffid country.
Woods, who's thrown on what looks like one of those tweed shoulder throws that Sherlock Holmes used to wear, except black, and made by Nike, just misses to the left with his birdie putt at 6 to stay +1. Westwood and Ishikawa also in for par.
Bit of rain now, players will have to make a few readjustments on the green. Correct that, it's more than a bit of rain, it's coming down in stair rods. If you've ever been up on the Ayrshire coast, or indeed the west coast of Ireland, you'll know exactly what I mean.
Jimenez being interviewed by Hazel Irvine, and the salty old Spaniard grabs the Claret Jug and rubs his beard on it. One thing's for certain, that thing won't be full of ladybirds if he wins it, he'll put it to its proper use.
Kuboya's eagle putt runs out of puff at 17, but he taps in for birdie to get back to three under... David Howell of Swindon has ground out three pars to start, he's two under...
Woods finds the centre of the hole with his little par putt, he stays one over. Ishikawa makes bogey, back to one under. Stewart Cink in a world of trouble at par-three 4th - his tee shot finds rough to the right of the green, he misses with his first hack, before getting a flyer across the dancefloor. His long bogey putt misses left, and he's back to two under. Calcavecchia drops a shot at 15 to fall back to four under.
Kuboya with his second at 17, and that nicely done, right into the heart. Westwood with a great save from 20 feet, the Worksop man stays two under. Manasssero of Italy, just 16, bends in a 25-footer at 9 to get to two over. And Watson follows him in! The great man back to two under, three off the lead at the turn.
Westwood is actually in a head-high bunker, and he plays a magnificent escape. But he's still got a lengthy putt for par. Ishikawa a touch heavy with his pitch across the green, before Tiger, who did actually find one of those pot bunkers, pulls a rabbit out of the hat, splashing out to within a few feet.
Stewart Cink with a left-to-right birdie putt at the 3rd, but it stays low and he'll remain four under. Woods with 209 yards to the pin at 5, this will be a good club with a four iron into the wind... hooked, but it bisects the two pot bunkers and comes to rest on the nap. Westwood with a scuttler that comes up 40 yards short, he'll have a horrible pitch on. Ishikawa pushes his second right of the green...
Ishikawa piles into his drive at the 5th, and it comes up just short of the bunker at 295 yards. Garcia in cabbage off the tee at 9. Stand by for rain, apparently... Steve Stricker bends in a magnificent saver at 9 - three dropped shots in the four previous holes, he stays two under.
Hello, Benjamin Dirs here (I sometimes use my full name if I want to feel better about myself). Mark Calcavecchia is on the rampage - the 1989 champion has hit two birdies in four to move to four under and has almost chipped in at 14.
Good birdie effort from Tiger Woods at four, but it refuses to drop in, while Ryo Ishikawa gets his birdie chance to circle but that won't drop either - those two and Lee Westwood remain level for the round. And that's me done for the day, Ben Dirs will take you home. See you on the morrow people!
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter:
"Top tip - if you're American, the best way of endearing yourself to an Open crowd is to say, "I love links golf" in answer to every single question."
Stewart Cink has a birdie chance at two and it looks bang in line as he pings it in from 30 feet away, but it pulls up inches short. Mark Calcavecchia has a chance to tie for the lead after two birdies in his last three holes but the American veteran's putt drifts by. Still, a fine run from him and he is up to four under now. Englishman David Howell, by the way, has kicked off par-par for a steady start to his second round.
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"Will the R&A bring the Open back to Ayrshire if the crowds are as sparse as yesterday?"
Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood both have a punt at birdie at three, but neither can take the chance despite decent efforts. Ryo Ishikawa also takes a four and that's par-par-par for all three at the start of their second rounds.
Sergio Garcia dribbles in a nice putt at seven to move back to one under, but the news is not so good for Dirsy's love interest Camillo Villegas, the Colombian bogeying five to drop to three under. Vijay Singh, meanwhile, lines up a bogey putt at six... and misses, that double bogey pushing the Fijian back to two under and a share of 13th as we stand. Leaders: -5 Marino -4 Calcavecchia, Cink, Goggin -3 Fisher, Goosen, Jimenez, Kuboya and four others
BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter:
"Although it is warmer now there is still quite a stiff breeze across the course. I thought it was going to die down a bit but it hasn't yet."
Tom Watson makes it five dropped shots in six holes as he drifts his fifth shot on seven wide - he's down to one under - while Kunichi Kuboya misses that birdies chance at 14 to stay three under. It looks, by the way, that Kiwi Michael Campbell - who was well out of contention for the cut anyway - has pulled out, possibly due to a shoulder injury, we believe. That's the fifth time he's pulled out this season and he's yet to make a cut. Not the best of form, then.
Fair play to Kunichi Kuboya, the Japanese star bouncing back from that horrid 13th hole with a gorgeous approach at 14 to give himself more than a half chance of birdie. Tom Watson, meanwhile, lands a lovely chip on the green at seven, but unfortunately he'd already had three shots before then after finding the rough with his second shot and he has a 10-footer for par.
Steve Stricker's chip onto the seventh holds up a touch more than he will have wanted, but he should make a seven-footer for par to stay four under... except he doesn't and he drops another shot to lie three under. Back on two, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods both have 25-footers for birdie, but the former pushes it past and the latter leaves it short. Par apiece.
Tom Watson, I'm sorry to report, is in freefall as he bogeys six to make it four dropped shots in five holes and he's back to two under. Kunichi Kuboya does get up and down at 13 and he drops back to three under - though, believe it or not that's a pretty good save - while Tiger Woods feels the benefit of an almighty kick to get his wayward iron to the second tee on to the green. Vijay Singh, meanwhile, pars the tricky fifth to stay four under and one off the lead.
Kunichi Kuboya could do with rewinding five or so minutes because that one poor tee shot at 13 looks like costing him at least a double bogey. His approach, having had to re-tee, flies over the back of the green and he has a mighty difficult up and down just for a six. Not what he wanted.
I tell you what, that was close from Tiger, putting from off the green to lip in and then out of the first. Ryo Ishikawa puts his birdie putt in the dustbin lid... and Lee Westwood does the same. Pars all round, there. Over on 18, John Daly closes out a round of 72 to end day two level par, which means the big man - and those ridiculous strides (don't adjust your TV sets, thanks) will be back over the weekend.
Is it... is it... is it...!? It isn't. Vijay Singh lofts a delicious tee shot at the fourth pin and for all the money in my bank account (£2.57) it looks like it's a hole in one, but it holds up inches short. A tap-in for birdie, though, and he'll move to four under. Tiger Woods looks like he is carrying on where he left off yesterday by punching his approach at two past the green, but Lee Westwood drops his pin-high and he'll have a chance at birdie. Disaster for Kunichi Kuboya - lost ball! He grabs a lift back to the tee on the back of a buggy and he won't be sharing the lead for long. And yesterday's star Tom Watson has struggles of his own as he pulls a par putt wide at five to drop back to three under.
"Be good" yelps Sergio Garcia as he sends his approach into the fifth green, but it flops into the front bunker and it is not, in fact, very good. Tough up and down from there. Kunichi Kuboya is unrattled at the top of the leaderboard, though, as he holes out for par at 12 - he's looked very impressive today. And, back on the first tee, it's Tiger Time as the world number one lines up his opening iron and drills it down the middle. Lee Westwood - who played terrifically yesterday - follows suit, and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa does likewise. Whatever Ishikawa, you're so last week, it's all about Kuboya now baby. I jest, of course, the 17-year-old commands more love in Japan than Anime.
Padraig Harrington pings a long ol' putt at the hole on 18 but it just doesn't have the legs and he has to settle for a par and a round of 74 - he's three over. Jim Furyk completes a round of 72 moments later and he is one under. American Steve Stricker misreads his par putt on five, meanwhile, and drops back to four under.
Ross Fisher, who lies three under after the second round, insists he will have no hesitation in dashing off the golf course to attend the birth of his child this weekend if his missus goes into labour, even if he's leading the Open. "I'd love to play for all four days, but obviously my wife comes first. If she were to go into labour later on this evening or tomorrow, I've got no choice. I want to be there." Now I know the miracle of birth is pretty, you know, impressive and all that jazz, blah blah blah, but can't his wife just hold it in a bit? This is the Open woman.
Tom Watson does pay the price for his wayward tee shot as he pushes his par putt wide on four, and Sergio Garcia does the same from about eight foot to drop back to level par. Paul Casey, meanwhile, narrowly misses his birdie attempt on 18 and his round of 76 - rescued somewhat by an improved back nine - sees him four over for the tournament. Those placed in 70th or below make the cut, don't forget, and I reckon Casey will have a bit of a sweat on this afternoon. Playing partner Angel Cabrera completes a par round to stay one under and he'll be looking to make a move this weekend.
Right, I'm back, and it appears conditions have brightened somewhat? These later starters might be counting their blessings a touch. Tom Watson escapes from the bunker on four but he'll face a long putt for par, while Sergio Garcia chips on from the long stuff and he too faces a tricky one. Over on 11, Kunichi Kuboya's birdie effort pulls up short, but he'll take a par to stay five under.
Watson on the 166-yard 4th tee, but he's tugged it left. Furyk, wind tugging at his trousers, pushes his birdie putt just right at 17. Shots to be made there, he'll be disappointed with that tee shot. Harrington birdies to get back to +3. Stay there, and he should be safe.
Tiger, the man in black today, stalks from the practice range, he's off in 30 minutes. Steve Stricker birdies the 4th to move into a four-way tie for first. Vijay Singh, the world number 10, muscles his ball onto the front of the 2nd green, he's three under.
Nice touch from Watson, he stays level for the day after three going into the teeth of the course. Kuboya cosies up to the hole at 10 and taps in to stay five under. Jim Furyk has a rummage around in his top drawer and plonks his third at 17 to within 10 feet. Garcia with a narrow miss at 3, he stays one under.
The magnificent Camilo Villegas has just teed off on the 1st. Poulter, last year's runner-up, is in with a 79. Jimenez leaves his lengthy birdie putt short at 18, but pops in for a round of 73 and three under overall. Right in the blender for the weekend. Watson and Garcia both find the guts of the green with their second shots at 3. Here's Harrington with that wand of a rescue club of his, and he'll have a 30-footer for eagle.
What of Colin Montgomerie? Well, he's five over for the championship after a birdie at 17. Six bogeys, one double bogey and four birdies so far today, he can spend the weekend polishing his pistol. What say his chances in a Duel in the Sun with Sandy? Furyk misses his birdie putt at 16, before driving into sand off the 17th tee. Gary Orr of Scotland chips in for eagle at 7, he's back to two over.
Ian Poulter is currently joint last with Michael Campbell in a field of 156. Yeh, but I thought a couple of years back he said he was going to be challenging Tiger Woods? Didn't he say it would be just him and Tiger? Nice pants though. Garcia's long birdie putt at 2 comes screeching to a halt about a millimetre short - it has a long look over the precipice, but decides not to drop. Watson doesn't hit his par putt, he drops back to five under and into a three-way share of the lead.
Garcia with a gem of a second into the 2nd green. Watson has chipped out of the rough, but that's a quality third, and he'll have a 15-footer for par. Kuboya bogeys the 9th to drop back to five over... Watson leads alone, but for how long?
Jimenez with a 15-foot eagle putt at 17... not quite spunky enough, but that's a birdie and he's back to three under. Furyk birdied the par-three 15th, and he's got another chance at 16... Poulter now 15 over - he's not hit a birdie all championship, and today he's hit three double bogeys and three bogeys... A BIRDIE AT 17! Back to 14 over...
Kuboya gets a flyer that arcs right at the 9th. Watson tugs his tee shot at 2 into the first cut. JB Holmes putting from just off the green at 17... just right, he'll have a nasty little bleeder for par coming back. Cabrera goes to one under with a birdie at 9, the Argentine out in 33.
Sir Thomas of Watsonshire! The 59-year-old rolls back the years with a 25-footer at the 1st, he's back in a share of the lead at six under. McIlroy's birdie putt at 18 dives right - he's in with a 74 for three over overall. Goosen taps in for a 70 for a -3 total.
Goosen working his magic from the apron again, he should pop in for a par at 18, a round of 70 and three under overall. Kenny Perry hits a post! The American rattled that from the back of the green, and the ball rebounds off the flag for a tap-in. He's level par.
Watson safely on in two at the 1st. He's playing with Sergio Garcia, and the Spaniard, who has the perfect angle in, is all over the flag with his high-flying wedge. Harrington with a long birdie putt at 15, but he just misses left.
Furyk safely on at 15, as we see Tom Watson slap his tee shot safely down the middle at the 1st. Jimenez misses his makeable birdie putt at 16 to stay two under, while Kuboya pars the 8th to stay six under. Here's Northern Ireland's McIlroy, and he pulls out a peach of an approach at 18. He birdied 17 to get back to +3, the cut mark at +2 at the moment, but it's unlikely to stay there.
Goosen pings an easy iron down the middle of the 18th. JB Holmes found the burn at 16 - 22 doubles there yesterday - and is unable to get too close with his third from the drop zone. Kuboya, who has won four times in Japan but not since 2002, just shades the hole with his birdie putt at 8.
Tom Watson is off at 1309, as we go to Furyk, escaping from a bunker at 14. If your mate had done that over your local municipal, you would have accused him of throwing it out - he'll have a four-footer for par. Jimenez now, parachuting a wedge into the 16th. Nicely done, using the hill on the left-hand side to deaden his ball. Kenny Perry at the 1st, and his approach is glorious, dancing around the cup and resting a few feet away. Perry has bagged $4.6m on the US tour this year, and he pops in that putt to move back to level. Harrington makes par at 14 to stay four over.
Jimenez with a fairway wood off the tee at 16, and he slaps his ball straight down the middle. Goosen with a touch of class at 17, nudging his fourth shot from off the green to with in a couple of feet. Rory McIlroy rolls in a six-footer for par at 17, but he stays +4.
JB Holmes at 15, and he rolls in a lengthy right to left birdie putt to move to two under. David Duval, champion at Lytham in 2001, is back to level after a birdie at the 1st. Jimenez safely makes par at 15 to stay -2.
Kuyoba of Japan is off to a solid start - par at 7, he stays six under. Harrington drops another at 13, his challenge disintegrating like a badly-packed kebab. Rose in with a 72 - bogey at 18 - for one over overall. He'll be around at the weekend.
Anthony Wall of Camberley has birdied the 1st to go three under overall. Here's Jimenez at the par-three, 206-yard 15th, and he's shot right through. Back at 13, Furyk misreads his birdie putt and stays level. Rose with a big, curling putt from off the green, but it misses the cup just left.
Harrington gets a heavy contact with his approach out of the light rough at 13. He's four over for the day and three over for the tournament. Martin Kaymer of Germany, a two-time winner on the European Tour this year, is in with a 71 and is one under overall. John Daly, champion in 1995, is plodding along nicely, he's level for the tournament after 11.
Retief Goosen rolls in a six-footer at 16 to move to three under, the two-time US Open champion will be heavily backed this weekend. Jim Furyk with a solid approach into the short, par-four 13th, he'll have a 20-foot birdie putt to go one under. Jimenez makes par at 14 to stay -2.
Hello! Many thanks Sam Lyon, Ben Dirs here now. JB Holmes takes about a minute over his approach into 14, before shanking his ball short and wide. Jimenez drawing it in from right to left into the 14, he'll have a makeable putt for par. Justin Rose rams in a lengthy eagle putt at 17, he's one over. Ernie Els in with a 72 for +1 overall.
Massive putt for Padraig Harrington at 12 for par, four feet and plenty of swing, and he holes it to stay three over. A picked up shot or two down the stretch and he could well keep himself in the mix. On that note, I'm going to have a spell in the clubhouse and hand you over to Ben Dirs for a bit. Nice one.
From kwiniaskagolfer on 606:
"Peter Alliss's comment a couple of hours ago about the outward nine being the killer is looking prescient, some good recoveries (e.g. Kaymer, Zacher) being made on the back, plus Fisher, Marino, Gaunt etc scoring well. Doubt the cut will go past plus three if this continues."
My eyes may be deceiving me, as Arsene Wenger might say, but conditions appear to be easing up a touch out there. Kunichi Kuboya is certainly making a mockery of some of the players' struggle out there are he grabs another comfortable par at six, while Miguel Angel Jimenez narrowly fails to bag a birdie at 13 and he stays at two under. Retief Goosen does the same at 15 and he remains on the same score.
Martin Kaymer picks up a birdie at 17 to move to one under for the Championship - he won the two European tour events leading into this tournament lest we forget - while Ernie Els picks up a shot at nine to complete his front set in 38. Leaders: -6 Kuboya -5 Marino, Watson -4 Senden, Stricker, Villegas, Cink, Goggin -3 Six players
A quick word on Paul Casey, who looked to be bang in the mix overnight - the Englishman has notched four bogeys and two double bogeys so far and is seven over for the round, back to five over for the Championship. Rumours that he is clubbing with a stick of celery are as yet unsubstantiated.
Contrasting fortunes for Miguel Angel Jimenez and John Daly with the putter, the former landing a birdie at 12 and the American double bogeying nine. Padraig Harrington, meanwhile, must be tempted to blow his ball in at 11 after his birdie effort from range creeps up to the door, knocks twice, and then decides to wait in the rain.
Another dropped shot from Padraig Harrington, who hasn't quite got his putter cooking today, and the Irishman falls back to three over for the Championship - the holder has hit work cut out to make it three Open titles on the bounce and no mistake.
Ross Fisher's birdie effort at 18 comes up short, but he holes for a 68 and that's a terrific round - five birdies, three bogeys - and he is bang in the mix. Contrast that with his playing partners, Mike Weir and Ben Curtis - both former major champions, both of whom lost their heads in the wet and wind, finishing with rounds of 78 and 80 respectively. Leader Kunichi Kuboya, meanwhile, pulls his par putt at five and his advantage is cut back to one shot.
A more than welcome birdie for Rory McIlroy at 13, he is now three over for the Championship, and Retief Goosen follows suit from 10 feet to move back to two under. Ross Fisher, who is hotter than a Buckhurst Tandoori Phal right now, pings his tee shot at 18 straight down the middle and I'm sure he'd bite your arm off for another birdie to finish.
don't even think about having that baby just yet
- please - because your husband Ross is rocking. The Englishman makes the most of some more fabulous iron play to make it three birdies on the trot and he is three under with one to play.
At least one dropped shot for John Daly at eight after he found trouble off the tee - he sends his par putt well past and he faces a difficult one back down the hill for bogey - but Miguel Angel Jimenez gives himself a 30-footer for birdie with a controlled tee shot at 11. Back to Daly at eight - and he drops in a fine putt for bogey. Kunichi Kuboya, who looks like he should be in short trousers and playing in the ball pit of his local leisure centre but is in fact 37, picks up another shot with a 12-foot putt at four, unbelievable. Over on 13, Colin Montgomerie sinks a birdie from range to move back to four over following a round more up and down than the Alps.
Kunichi Kuboya, playing alongside text commentary favourite Elliott Saltman of
Saltman brothers fame,
drops a gorgeous tee shot to within 10 foot of the hole at five, while the Scot goes pin-high himself, which is decent enough. Miguel Angel Jimenez, meanwhile, pushes a par chance at 10 past from 15 feet.
It has taken Padraig Harrington two and a half hours to reach the ninth green, which gives you some indication of the struggle the players are having out there, and he misses a par chance to fall to two over, three over for the day.
Englishman Ross Fisher is flying - after birdieing 15th (not 16th as I said) earlier with that long putt, he now does go ahead and pick up a shot at 16 (I was clearly looking into the future) with a 10-footer and that's birdie-birdie going into the 17th, which is a more than makeable birdie hole, even in these conditions. Steve Marino putts out a par at the last for a 68, while Dan Gaunt's round - as mentioned below by weeman82
- really was quite sensational and he has put himself well in with a chance of making the cut at three over to my mind. Leaders: -6 Kuboya -5 Marino, Watson -4 Senden, Stricker, Villegas, Cink, Goggin -3 Six players
From weeman82 on 606:
"Australian Daniel Gaunt just completed a round of 67 with the incredible stat of needing just 23 putts in 18 holes of golf! That's more like a basketball free throw success rate than the blows taken with the flat stick!"
BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter:
"Standing on the mound near 12, you realise how gusty the wind is. 10th against you, 11th across you, 12th behind you. Trickier than Tony LeMesma."
Jim Furyk pars the eighth to stay level par, three over for the day, and Retief Goosen takes a par four at 11 to stay two under. Padraig Harrington tees off at nine and almost takes a couple of fellas out in the rough on the left, but his struggles are absolutely nothing compared to Ben Curtis, the American nine over for the day and desperate to pick up a potentially decisive shot or two at 17. He's four over and on the brink - I can see the cut being about that or under come the end of play today.
Oooh that's a peach of a putt from Ross Fisher, the Englishman sinking a 50-footer to birdie 15 and he has the 17th, which Marino has just eagled, still to come. Kunichi Kuboya misses out on that birdies chance at two - but steady-Eddie numbers on the front nine would be well above standard today, I'll wager. Colin Montgomerie, meanwhile, swaps one bunker for another at 12 and he might be struggling to make the cut at four over now with another shot or two sure to slip away at that hole.
Sorry, I've erred at 1102 - Kunichi Kuboya actually BIRDIED the first to take the outright lead at six under, and now he's given himself another birdie chance at two. Where has that performance come from? Steve Marino, meanwhile, makes it two relative unknowns at the top of the charts by holing out a beauty of an eagle chance at 17 to storm to five under. He's two under for the day and, trust me, in these conditions, that's a score and a half.
Retief Goosen's putter is keeping the South African well in the mix out there and another long one saves par at nine - he's out in 36. The most impressive of the leading pack, though, continues to be Steve Marino - he's given himself a 20-footer for eagle at 17. Rory McIlroy's challenge is spluttering like a 20-year-old Skoda, though, the Northern Irishman under-hitting his putt at 17 and he falls to four over. Padraig Harrington gets a real flier with a rescue club at eight and he over-shoots the green by many a mile.
JB Holmes, who is still on two under despite zig-zagging his way almost entirely round the front nine, again has to escape from the long grass at nine and he'll have a tough up and down for par. Miguel Angel Jimenez under-clubs his second shot at the same hole and despite arrowing towards the pin it falls short of the green. Ian Poulter, who needs a turnaround of Lazarus proportions to make the cut, finds the green with his second and he'll have a long putt for birdie.
BBC Sport's Mark Orlovac on Twitter:
"Ben Curtis - who has just taken a double bogey at the 13th - trudges off the green with the body language of a schoolboy whose girlfriend has just dumped him for the 6th form rugby captain."
Padraig Harrington just about digs his escape from the rough out and then goes inches by the hole on his birdie chance. He'll take a par, though, after nearly losing his ball, while joint leader Kunichi Kuboya does the same on the first to stay five under. By the way - it's that time again, people. The
second day of the second Ashes Test
is getting started so you want three windows open - the Open, the Ashes, your 'work' - and you want to make liberal use of the alt-tab technique. I won't tell the boss if you don't.
His trousers might be better suited on a 1960s sofa, but John Daly is firing today as he lands an impressive 15-footer for par at five. Jim Furyk, meanwhile, sends his third shot at seven left of the green - but at least he's not Padraig Harrington, the Irishman having to call the gallery in to help him find a ball. Two dozen flock to his aid, successively in the end with the ball in the deep rough, and only then do they realise Geoff Ogilvy is in similar bother with not a soul helping him look. A stark indication of popularity there and then - how harsh this beloved sport of ours can be.
All the eyes of Japan are on Kenichi Kuboya following his unbelievable finish yesterday when he picked up five shots in the final four holes, and the right-hander sends a safe five iron down the middle of the first - nothing too ambitious out on the course any more. Safety-first golf. Retief Goosen drops a shot at the ninth, but Miguel Angel Jimenez pulls a beauty of a drifting birdie putt off on eight - will that kickstart his round?
BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter:
"Kuboya is on his way to the 1st tee looking a bit nervy and windswept. I'm not surprised, conditions are nowhere near as good as yesterday."
Another dropped shot for Jim Furyk as he pushes a 10-foot par putt millimetres past, but Harrington saves par after another neat approach. Retief Goosen's second shot into the ninth finds the rough and the wind - though not too heavy - is playing havoc on that hole, while Rory McIlroy fares a little better, though he is still off the green to the right. JB Holmes, meanwhile, finds a bit of the cabbage so deep at eight he has to ask a playing partner to monitor him while he identifies his ball - all within the R&A rules. Back to the 15th hole and American Steve Marino goes very close with a 60-footer for birdier and he, impressively, remains three under.
Padraig Harrington catches a break when his drive at six looks to be rolling into a bunker only to roll up short, but he still has to get up and down in two to save par - just like playing partner Jim Furyk. Jimenez two-putts well to save par at the seventh after that unfortunate approach.
Double bogey for Jim Furyk after that poor chip at the fifth, and Padraig Harrington does indeed take a dropped shot himself. Miguel Angel Jimenez found the rough stuff at the seventh (again) but his escape looks good... until it rolls away off the green. Retief Goosen pulls out a great save at eight with a snaking putt, while Ross Fisher goes admirably close with a birdie chance at 12.
Miguel Angel Jimenez makes that bogey putt, but he is four over for the day, two under overall. "The outward nine is the killer," claims Peter Alliss on BBC Two, though, so maybe the Spaniard can still pick things back up. Padraig Harrington, with his second shot still well short of the fifth green, lobs his third wide of the flat stuff and he is almost certain to bogey. Jim Furyk tries to be too fancy with his chip onto the fifth green but it flops into the bunker and, somewhere, Ben Dirs buries his head in his hands.
Someone throw Jimenez a life jacket - his first attempt at his bunker shot at six does not get out and the second falls 20 foot short of the pin. He'll have that for bogey. Ian Poulter, also in the bunker, escapes well, but again faces a smart putt to save par. JB Holmes, the third player in that group, carries on merrily, though, and he takes a neat three. Only four players on the course under par, now.
Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut last year, and if he keeps going like this the unimaginable might just happen again - his tee shot at six drifts left and plugs impossibly deep in the greenside bunker. An escape even Steve McQueen would struggle with from there. Rory McIlroy continues to limp around in the conditions and he sees a birdie chance at seven go begging - he'll have a tricky putt to save par.
Miguel Angel Jimenez stops the rot with a neat 10-footer up the hill at the fifth, but Ian Poulter continues to drop like an anchor with a triple bogey seven and he's 10 over for the Championship. Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk, meanwhile, go within inches of a birdie at four. In better news, a fella has brought chocolate cakes into the office and they taste like heaven. Turnberry hospitality? Pah!
The second has proven more than a little tricky for most today, but John Daly laughs in the face of convention - just look at those trousers - and he grabs a birdie to move to three under. Padraig Harrington sticks his Wisey in the hole and he is par-par-par for the round, which is more than decent today. Elsewhere, Martin Kaymer is a couple over for the round and one over now overall, while Ben Curtis is going down faster than a cocktail sausage at a wedding as he double bogeys the ninth to drop to two over. Disaster.
From Give Me A Break! on 606:
"If either Ross Fisher or Retief Goosen can play the back 9 in around level par then I fancy one of them to be there or thereabouts at the end of the day (and possibly on Sunday too)."
It's only 0952 and already the sea winds are threatening to de-flag the pins. I don't think it's going to get easier, either. That said, Ailsa Craig is smothered in blue sky out in the water, so maybe it's not as predictable as I thought. Whatever happens, it's nothing like Royal Birkdale last year. Am I still talking about the weather? Anyway, Ross Fisher drifts a 40-footer agonisingly close at nine but must settle for a bogey, while Padraig Harrington does similar at three and he has a Dennis Wise (a nasty short one) for par.
Miguel Angel Jimenez escapes the bunker well at four, but two-putts to make it a bogey hat-trick, while Ian Poulter leaves his birdie chance short and that's a missed opportunity from the Englishman. JB Holmes shows them how to do it with a 10-footer for birdie and he moves to three under.
From Daire, stuck in Sheffield, via text on 81111:
"I dreamed last night that rather unexpectedly, Kuboya finished with a blistering 4th round and won this thing. You won't get a more watertight tip than that, I'm putting my house on it!
Majestic from Harrington as he again makes up for a poor second shot with a delight of a recovery - he gives himself a tiddler for par at the second. Miguel Angel Jimenez is having a nightmare, and it is not getting much better - he hits the deep, deep sand at the par three fourth and is bang in trouble. Rory McIlroy then misses an eight-footer for bogey to drop back to two over for the Championship.
Big putt for Miguel Angel Jimenez after the Spaniard had to play his approach to the third green out of the rough... and it pulls up short. That's bogey-bogey for the Spaniard and he's back to four under. Padraig Harrington again misjudges his iron off the fairway and he misses the second green to the left, while John Daly, typically underdressed in vomit-patterned trousers, just misses the fairway bunker at the first. Only five players out on the course are under par today - a level par round would be a result for most, if not all, today.
Rory McIlroy, who is back to level par after a bogey at four, drops an almost
inch-perfect iron at the fifth into the greenside bunker. Ross Fisher, however, lands a beauty of a birdie putt at eight to move to two under, while Ben Curtis misses his par putt at the same hole to continue his unwelcome run of bogeys. Horrid run, that.
Angel Cabrera and Paul Casey avoid the mischief at two with a couple of comfortable pars, while Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk both send their tees at the same hole on a one-way trip to the fairway. Ben Curtis, who has fired five bogeys in the last six holes, is back in the bunker at eight - but at least he's not Mike Weir, who has just taken an eight after finding big trouble at seven.
Excellent recovery from the bunker from Padraig Harrington and he sticks his par putt in from four feet. Jim Furyk misses his 20-foot birdie putt by a matter of a gnat's hair, and he and Geoff Ogilvy join the Harrington in grabbing par. One or two of you asking after Justin Rose - the Englishman is the very personification of consistency so far, parring every hole up to five to stay one under. Compatriot Paul Casey, meanwhile, lands a lovely approach on the tricky second green and he'll have a two-putt for par.
Harrington follows that nice tee shot with a poor second at the first and he faces an up and down out of the bunker to find par. Angel Cabrera, fresh from signing Rob Hodgetts' flag, sticks his birdie putt in at the first from five feet, but Miguel Angel Jimenez drops into the pack on five under when his curling 20-footer for par at the second slips by. The second hole is proving very tricky indeed already - as Ian Poulter finds when he doubles it. Ouch.
A conservative iron from Padraig Harrington lands safely on the fairway, as does Jim Furyk's, while Geoff Ogilvy begins his recovery mission after a first-round 75 in exactly the same fashion. By the way, Spaniard Alvaro Quiros is the only man to have gone for the green off the tee at the first - and he went over the back. Going too long - surely the biggest bug bear of all amateur golfers?
Miguel Angel Jimenez grabs a par at the first to retain his one-shot lead over the field, but Steve Marino (is he any relation to the American footballer?) makes it three birdies and three bogeys in seven holes to drop back to three under. Padraig Harrington, deep in conversation with eternal Ben Dirs pick Jim Furyk, is stood by the first tee and he'll get his round going imminently.
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter:
"Early success! New tactic to get Angel Cabrera to sign my Masters flag. Hid the logo and used a mole in my place. Angel didn't suspect a thing."
We have live moving picture at the top of this page (UK and web users only) folks, so carry out a cheeky manual refresh and your work levels can drop to a new all-time low. You will also see a brand new 606
link on which you can chat amongst yourselves for the day, and as always I'll pick out the odd comment to post up on this commentary. Happy days.
BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter:
"The course is looking a picture again, today. As with yesterday the pins are tucked in some very awkward spots and, because of the breeze, difficult to get at."
Rory McIlroy continues his up-and-down tournament as he drops a shot at the second after finding a bunker and he drops back to one under. We're only a few minutes away from TV picture people so get your alt-tab fingers loosened up nicely and perhaps even keep your boss sweet with a cup of tea and a croissant. It's not crawling, it's tactics.
who pulled the shot of the day out of the bag from the bunker yesterday,
Retief Goosen, who pulled the shot of the day out of the bag from the bunker yesterday, gets rolling with a birdie at the first and he is now just two off the lead at four under. Ben Curtis is going the other way, though, as he bogeys five - his third bogey in four holes - to drop to three under, with Mike Weir also giving a shot back to the course at that hole.
Ian Poulter - who has abandoned the Union Jack waistcoat today in favour of a sober blue jumper - takes to the tee, but it looks a little wayward and after a 75 yesterday that's not the start he wanted. Leader Miguel Angel Jimenez is next up and the Spaniard sends a doozy of a long iron straight down the fairway, to the right, and he is ideally placed for a punt at the pin.
From Anon via text on 81111:
"Morning sports fans! Absolutely loving the alt+tab hot keying between work and play! Now the weather's closing in, does anyone else think that Tiger's challenge is over? Keep up the sterling work to ALL at the Beeb. Oh to be in Ayrshire and not in work!"
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter:
"Morning all. The wind's out of the north, unusually, which will give the players a few things to think about. Will freshen later. Rain in the air."
The Brits are on the charge! Rory McIlroy slips one in from 15 feet to birdie the first and Ross Fisher makes the most of a delightful approach at the fourth to also pick up a shot.
They are both two under now, two shots behind American Steve Marino, who is laughing in the face of 'par' by following two bogeys with three birdies to move to four under and two shots off the lead.
From Zac via text on 81111:
"Re: 0701 - I agree, why Twitter how nice your tuna mayo sandwiches for lunch were when Ian Poulter is keeping us up to date on his wardrobe?!"
From Andrew in Wotton Under Edge via text on 81111:
"Can someone explain to me why Monty is getting tarnished in the current Lyle shenanigans? He has done nothing to cause it. Bit like getting a detention for fighting at school when all that happened was the meathead from the year above you punched you for no reason."
He dominated many of the back pages leading up to this Open championship, but Sandy Lyle is far from dominating this Turnberry course. A first-round 75 left him with a mole hill to climb to make the cut today, and that has now developed into a mountain as a bogey at two and double bogey at five sees him drop to eight over for the Championship. Rumours that
Colin Montgomerie is smirking
despite snatching a bogey at the first are yet to be substantiated.
From Richard in godmanchester via text on 81111:
"Holding on to my Westwood and McDowell betting slips, but reckon I can already bin the Gay, Ogilvy and Watney punts, what do we think?"
"From Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy". Legendary Open starter Ivor Robson, who does not eat, drink (bar the odd sup of honey and lemon) or even sit throughout the day introduces the 20-year-old to the tee and the Mac responds with a sweet iron.
It's going a bit Pete Tong for 2003 Open champion Ben Curtis as he bogeys three to slip to one over for the round, four under overall. Fellow American Steve Marino, Canadian Mike Weir and Dane Soren Kjeldsen have also all dropped a shot in the last few minutes or so, perhaps indicating this course is starting to bite back in the blustery, wet conditions. In fact, Lucas Glover of the US is the only man on the course under par now, he is one over for the tournament.
From Rob from Sheffield via text on 81111:
"I am out on the course and it is going to be a whole lot different today. Anything under par today will be a great score."
From Alslc via text on 81111:
"Am sitting on a train going the opposite way from Open and passing all the great Ayrshire Golf courses. Wish I had taken the day off work... well, there is always tomorrow!"
Ben Curtis, by the way, dropped that shot as a result of finding the greenside bunker and then missing his par putt from four feet, I've just heard on BBC Five Live.
Oopsa-daisy, Ben Curtis follows up his birdie at the first with a bogey at the second and the American drops back into second a shot behind first-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. A lot steadier from Englishman Ross Fisher and Canadian Mike Weir, who have opened par-par, while South African Ernie Els drops a shot at the first to slip to leve par for the Championship.
Of course, the flip side of these wet conditions is that the
greens will soften up nicely,
allowing players to attack the pins far more aggressively than perhaps they did yesterday. Turnberry is always going to reward (accurate) length off the tee, but I wonder if the weather might provide more focus on the players' short game now. Step up Padraig Harrington, maybe...?
The wind at Turnberry is really picking up now, but the players are still getting amongst the birdies early doors. Dane Soren Kjeldsen is the latest to pick up a shot as he gets his round going with a long putt at the first to move to three under, while Ernie Els, Lucas Glover and Martin Kaymer are the next grouping to tee off at the first. The crowds are building nicely now, huddled as they are in their waterproofs looking distinctly like a Teletubbies convention. Arty.
Ben Curtis makes no mistake from four feet and the American leads the Open alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez, the Spaniard teeing off at 0842. I understand school breaks up today for summer, right? When I was at school, the last day of term was always 'dress down' day - a more horrific combination of shell-suit trackies, Christmas jumpers and "street" caps you wouldn't hope to see - and someone always had a blooming camera too. Facebook has a lot to answer for, I tell you.
From Peter via text on 81111:
"Having been lucky enough to play with Ross Fisher a couple of times this year, I am pleased to report that he is as nice a guy as you would think he is. Come on Ross - and hold on Mrs Fisher!"
Ben Curtis - champion of the Open in 2003 - loves a links course doesn't he? He's picked up where he left off yesterday by flopping a delicious approach within four feet of the first pin and he has a terrific chance of a birdie to join Miguel Angel Jimenez at the top of the leaderboard.
Ross Fisher, one under at the start of play, pings his three iron comfortably onto the fairway - he again is paired with Mike Weir and Ben Curtis, and this threesome were the lowest-scoring group of Thursday after Weir ended three under and Curtis five under. The Canadian and American follow Fisher's lead and a fair few folks will be following this group today, for sure.
From Anon via text on 81111:
"Re: 0647 - Here's something to tell the grandchildren - it didn't used to be unusual to see Tom Watson at five under after the first round of the Open."
Nice reception for three-time Open champion Nick Faldo as he gets his round going with a tee shot straight down the middle of the fairway at the first.
From GDW via text on 81111:
"Sam, looking at the leaderboard, who is Kuboya and where did he appear from with -5? Did he play in the dark? All the women in my life still asleep. Magic."
From Chris in Norfolk via text on 81111:
"You're right Sam, I am wiping the sleep from my eyes. Although I'm now on my way for 36 holes on my day off! Good stuff."
The weather might not be as sedate as yesterday, but that is not stopping the birdies roll in this morning. Ireland's David Higgins and Welshman Rhys Davies both pick up a shot at the opening hole, as does James Driscoll. However, Damien McGrane, Daniel Gaunt, Matt Kuchar and
Jeremy Kavanagh have all dropped a shot - as if anybody needed reminding that this Turnberry course can bite you on the backside if you take liberties.
I can also report, via Twitter
, that Ian Poulter did not hit "one shot I was happy with",
Colin Montgomerie refused to give interviews, and Paul Casey finished his day with a "fantastic banoffee pie", recommended to him by Colombian Camillo Villegas. Any of you lot on Twitter? I must say I've joined, but find updating strangers on the banality of my life rather pointless and depressing. Perhaps I'm not embracing it enough?!
A quick summation of
for those that missed it, then. Five-time Open champion Tom Watson fired a sensational 65 and looked like being the oldest leader of this Championship after the first round ever at the age of 59 for much of the day until Miguel Angel Jimenez sunk a 65-footer at the last to complete a 64. Elsewhere, 2003 champion Ben Curtis and Japan's Kenichi Kuboya - the latter courtesy of three birdies and an eagle in his final four holes - sit alongside Watson, with Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Anthony Wall, Graeme McDowell and David Howell leading the British challenge on two under.
BBC Sport's Ken Brown on Twitter:
"If Thursday is anything to go by, the most difficult hole on the course is the par four 16th, with the easiest being the par five 7th. Watch out for those holes today."
A steady enough start for the opening group of the day, with Damien McGrane and Matt Kuchar bagging pars at the first and Tim Stewart taking a birdie three.
Oh and, forgive me, I forgot to remind you to get involved via your mobile telephone devices using the SMS
function to 81111
. I realise that at this hour you're possibly wiping the sleep out of your eyes, your children's porridge off your tie and the smell of the bus or train out of your hair, but why not brighten your Friday morning by getting published on the BBC Sport website. It'll be something to tell the grandchildren, right?
A few players to keep an eye on before our TV coverage kicks off on BBC Two, the Red Button and this website (UK users only) at 0900 BST - Sandy Lyle will take time out from
his spat with Colin Montgomerie
to get his second round going at 0703, Open legend Nick Faldo is off at 0714, Ben Curtis, alongside English hope Ross Fisher, is the first of those at the top of the leaderboard to get started at 0725 and all eyes will also be on Rory McIlroy's group, which includes Retief Goosen and Anthony Kim, when they tee off at 0820. And that's just a sample. What a field this is.
Ireland's Damien McGrane, American Matt Kuchar and Tim Stewart of Australia get the second round under way - and let me tell you, the bright, windless conditions of yesterday are long gone already. The rain has stopped momentarily, but it's going to get worse apparently. Expect plenty of glances skyward today.
"The lady was defenceless, but she's going to bare her teeth." That was the assessment of
long-time first-round leader Tom Watson
on this Turnberry course on Thursday, and it makes you think 'how many players are going to rue not taking advantage of conditions more benign than a kitten wrapped in cotton wool in that first round?'
Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the Open,
a lot of the pre-tournament favourites are yet to make their move, and the weather is forecast to turn more uncomfortable than a dinner for two between Monty and Sandy - a truly fascinating day's play in round two lay in store...