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By Ben Dirs
opengolf.com leaderboard (official site)2007: Ryan Palmer bogeys 16 to drop back to two under, and that seems like a good place to wrap things up. Of players out on the course, Australia's Kurt Barnes and Jeff Overton are two under through 17, Jung-Gong Hwan of Korea is two under through 15. If you fancy, you can continue to follow our live leaderboard, but I will see you again the same time tomorrow. Peace out. 2007: Webb Simpson is in with a 66 - birdies at 17 and 18, in with a 31, he's tied for third. Ricky Barnes, first alternate, is in with a very commendable 68 - all that hanging around might pay off. Lots of Americans near the top of the leaderboard - Jeff Overton is two under through 17...2001: England's Robert 'Redford' Rock has birdied 17 to get under par, while Tom Lehman, 1996 champion, is level par through 14. Some illustrious players to shoot big today: two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer (75), 1998 champion Mark O'Meara (76), two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen (76), 2004 champion Todd Hamilton, 2003 champion (at Royal St George's) Ben Curtis (77), 2001 champion David Duval (78). 1953: Webb Simpson of the United States, on Open debut, has birdied 10, 12 and 17 to get to three under par. You might not have heard of Simpson, but he's had two seconds on the PGA Tour this season. Simpson, 25, had a spot of bad luck in New Orelans earlier this season: standing over a 12-inch putt on the 15th green, Simpson was the victim of a gust of wind that caused his ball to move a quarter of an inch. Because he had addressed it, he called a penalty shot on himself, and instead of winning the tournament by a stroke for his maiden victory, he lost it in a play-off to Bubba Watson. Bit silly really. Co-leader Tom Lewis: "I didn't realise I'd made birdies from 14 to 17, when you're in the zone you don't really notice. [Tom Watson] was a great man to be with, really helpful. He said some really nice things in the recorder's hut and I was thrilled to be in his presence. You couldn't play with a more generous man." 1941: Ryan Palmer for birdie at 14 and he drains it to move to three under, fellow American Justin Leonard, champion in 1997, has just dropped a shot at 15 to fall back to -1. 1935: Still a few players out and about at Royal St George's, with a whole gaggle of players on two under, including Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed and first alternate Ricky Barnes. US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is one under through 17, as is fellow American and former Ryder Cupper JB Holmes.1926: Tom Watson hangs back as his threesome approach the 18th green, the old man allowing the 20-year-old Tom Lewis the spotlight. Cute chip from Stenson, he should get down in par from there, and Lewis leaves himself four or five feet. Old Tom Watson makes his par putt for a two-over-par round of 72, a round that could have been far better. Lewis, displaying nerves of steel, pops in his par putt for a round of 65, which ties the lowest ever by an amateur in a major. Stenson sneaks his in for a round of 71, which is a welcome return to form for the Swede, but it's all about young Lewis - you have to say that's magnificent... 1918: Last alternate Ricky Barnes is making the most of his opportunity, he's two under through 15. Oosthuizen for birdie at 18... misses short and left, he's in with a 72. Mickelson saves par at the last, big clutch putt that to finish level par, and Kaymer is in with a par for a round of 68. Watson yanks his approach long and left at 18, Lewis, with a nine iron, pushes his right. The long, lithe Stenson follows Lewis down the hillock, the suspicion was he was playing out of a divot. 1910: Stricker, the world number five, is in with a 69 - three birdies, two bogeys on his card. Magnificent salmon sky over Sandwich as the sun descends... Mickelson hooks his approach at 18 short and left out of the rough, the four-time major winner is level par. Lewis slaps his tee shot down the middle at 18 and namesake Tom Watson follows him down. 1904: Thanks Orlo, Dirs back in the seat. Here's amateur Tom Lewis - BOOM! The 20-year-old from Welwyn rolls in a 20-footer to tie for the lead. Thing is, he doesn't even look 20, he looks about 14. Tom Watson horseshoes a three-footer after an arrow-like approach and has to settle for par at 17. Been his achilles heel for many a year now. Schwartzel for three at the last... doesn't come back far enough and that's a round of 71 for the Masters champion. Westwood with a 15-footer to get back to level par, but he has to settle for a round of 71 - that'll do though, he looked out of sorts early on and recovered well.Graeme McDowell: "I'm very happy after a horror start. I made a bad swing off the first - you never want to double bogey the first. I hung tough though, and the wind subsided and thankfully I made a good score. It's been an amazing 12 months, but I wasn't playing my best in the months leading to the US Open. And playing the Open was a big weight off my mind. It was good to see Darren playing well. The afternoon starters really did have the best conditions of the day. Nice to get a bit of luck. By Mark Orlovac
1854: Andersson Hed slipped back with bogeys at 12 and 14 but has got one back with a long birdie putt at 15 - he's back to two under. Right, that's my little stint over with, the lovely Ben Dirs is back to take you home...BBC co-commentator Mark James on Tom Lewis: "He has that innocent look of an assassin."1847: What. A. Story. Lewis sinks that putt on 16 and he's flying on four under. Incredible. He is showing absolutely no signs of nerves, he looks as if he is hacking around his local municipal. Westwood misses that birdie chance and has to settle for a par, he remains on one over. OwenMcIntyre on Twitter: "This Tom Lewis lad is doing really well! I'm impressed at how he's keeping his cool."1842: Westwood seems to be getting some of his mojo back and that is a fine iron shot into the 17th green. Birdie chance. Lewis at the par-three 16th - and that is a superb tee shot. Probably a five-footer for birdie. McDowell at the last, and he ends with a birdie for a two-under 68. That's a nice position to be in.1840: And Lewis adds another birdie at the 15th, he's now two strokes behind Bjorn. Brilliant stuff. This is a day that he will not forget in a hurry.1835: England's Andrew Johnston is storming up the leaderboard, birdies at six, seven and eight puts him on two under. Australia's Adam Scott closes with a birdie and is on one under for the day. Not bad. Scott has Steve Williams on his bag this week. If you don't know, Williams normally caddies for some bloke called Tiger Woods. Never heard of him. Justin Rose ends with another par for a two-over 72.1831: A quick update on that lad Tom Lewis, he bogeyed 13 but returned to two under with a four at the 14th. Did you know that Lewis won the British Boys title at Royal St George's in 2009? No, either did I until about 30 minutes ago.1827: They are all at it, McDowell drains that birdie putt on 17 and he's moved to one under. Thought I'd mention a nice line from Peter Alliss on BBC Two regarding Bubba Watson: "More moving parts than a Rolex in his swing." 1824: Right then, Westwood on 15. He's got a 20-footer for birdie... and he's nailed it. That's two in a row and he's on one over. Go on Lee, one more before the close. Just for me. Now here's Harrington at the last and he settles for a par which gives him a three over 73. 1820: GMac with his approach to 17, it's very still out there now - the flag is hardly moving, and that's a peach. The ball is pin high and that is a birdie chance. KillieMad on Twitter: "Watching Lucas Glover I wondered apart from GMac's scruffy number, who was last player to win a major sporting a beard? Tom Morris?"
1753: Rose with a six-foot par putt at 15... right in the centre, the Englishman stays two over. Australia's Adam Scott rolls in his five-footer for a fighting bogey, he's level par. Scott's fellow Aussie Jason Day is two over after 14, managing to hold it together. The worry is, though, if most of the players are losing the armwrestle with Royal St George's when there is barely a breath of wind, what's it going to be like when the place is being smashed up at the weekend, as per the forecast? We shall see... 1748: Lewis rolls in his saver at 12 to stay two under before playing partner Tom Watson jabs his par putt home - he stays +1. The third man in that group is Henrik Stenson, who has gone tumbling down the rankings of late, but is holding it together on +1. 1745: Edoardo Molinari is in with a 69, Bubba goes back to one under with a monster putt at 14. Westwood needs this - birdie attempt at 13... horseshoes out... McDowell saves par at 14 and stays level par. Tom Lewis had eight single putts on the first eight greens, which is pretty remarkable, particularly when you consider he's doing it for free. Mickelson ankle deep in cabbage at 13 and he tugs his approach left of the green. 1738: Shot gone for amateur Lewis at 11, he's now two under. Westwood into the par-four 13th and that's a pretty decent effort into the heart of the green. Stricker gets inside his playing partner, to within a few feet. No-one really taking huge advantage of the benign conditions out there at the moment, which they might regret when the Royal St George's wind is trying to rip their heads off come Saturday morning. 1732: Anderssen Hed of Sweden just misses his birdie putt at 10 and remains three under. Mickelson finds the heart of the green with his second at 12 before Justin Rose misses his close-range par attempt by miles at 14... he makes his bogey putt coming back, slips to two over. 1726: Defending champion Oosthuizen with a 15-footer at 11... makes it! Needed that, back to +3. Kaymer follows Oosthuizen in to get back to one under. Mickelson misses an open goal, he stays level par. 1720: Schwartzel drains his testing bogey putt at 11, the South African drops to one over. Anderssen Hed drains a monster at nine and is out in 32. McDowell with a down-hiller at 13 for birdie... straight down the pipe, good recovery job after a double-bogey at the first, back to level par. Jason Day back to two over after a 20-footer at 14 for back-to-back birdies. Bubba lets one go at 13 and is back level. 1714: Bit of sun out there now and I'm told we now have the best scoring conditions of the day. Bubba, still one under through 12, with a nine iron at 13, and that's pretty ordinary. Stanley leaves his par putt left at 18, drops back to -2. Clarke at 15, a 15-footer for birdie... looked in all the way before scooting off right at the death. Another one gone for Westwood at 11, he yo-yos back down to +3. 1709: Two-time champion Padraig Harrington is two over after 12 - four bogeys going out, he's settled the ship coming back. Darren Clarke striding the 15th fairway - not bad, another kick and it would have been perfect. Kurt Barnes of Australia just hoved into view as Justin Leonard was putting, to sharp intakes of breath from everyone in the office: giant pink and black dogtooth trousers, he looks like a 1970s, New York pimp. Kyle Stanley with a fine bunker escape at 18, every chance of crading a 67. 1701: Tom Lewis is aggressive with his birdie effort at nine, he's got a tester coming back for par. Watson drains his, though, he's out in level-par 35. Just been told Tom Lewis is named after his playing partner - and his brother is called Jack. Lewis pops that par putt in and struts straight from the green - he's got some swagger, this lad, out in 32. Chad Campbell cards a 69, McDowell bends in a longun at 12 to get to one over. 1656: Tom Lewis is ripping the place up - the 20-year-old sticks his approach to within 10 feet at nine. Westwood makes one disappear at 10 to get back to +2 before Schwartzel climbs back to even par with a lollipop from close range. Bubba for birdie at 12... up the hump, left-to-right, just short, he stays one under... 1652: Mickelson is out in level par. Some talk of some shabby weather this weekend, which Mickelson claims to revel in. Sandy Lyle - winner at Sandwich in 1985 - is one over through 16. Clarke for birdie at 14 - BOOM! Darren moves to -2. Schwartzel with a dreamy iron into 10th, he should pop that in for birdie. Westwood very nearly trumps him... 1649: Only 25 men under par as I write, it's not easy out there. Peter Whiteford of Scotland cards a level-par 70, shame about the bogey at the last. Kyle Stanley very nearly moves to four under par but his birdie putt at 17 just misses left. Oosthuizen leaves his birdie putt low at nine, the defending champion is three over. Kaymer drains a four-footer to stay level. 1642: Westwood struggling for par at nine... leaves it left, he's out in +3 and looking a little bit out of sorts. Lewis bends in his birdie effort at the par-four eighth to get to three under. Watson gets to play with the kids nowadays - he kicked off with Matteo Manassero two years ago - which might explain why he's dressed as a Werther's Original. I believe he made par at the eighth to stay level par.1638: Stanley made that littlun at 16 to move to three under and two off the lead. Tom Lewis right into the guts of the green at eight - apologies, I said he's played 17 earlier. He hasn't, he's only played seven, and is two under. From the same town as the great Nick Faldo, of course, and last month he won the St Andrews Links Trophy. Gareth in Belfast via text 81111: "My mate Chris knows nothing about golf - he keeps emailing tips when he should be working. How he manages to hold down a job is a mystery to me."1630: Kyle Stanley stiffs his tee shot at 16 to within a few feet of the hole, he's got that to move to three under. Westwood with a wild tee shot at nine... McDowell on 10 and he's safely on in two. Amateur Tom Lewis is one under through 17 - "they'll be jumping up and down in Welwyn Garden City," says Ken Brown on the TV. Justin Rose on tee at 11 and he's safely on in one - he's parred every hole so far. Kaymer of Germany, for birdie at eight, he stays level. McDowell's birdie effort at 10 lips out... 1621: Here's Westwood again with a birdie putt at eight... big left-to-righter and that's not a bad effort from the front of the green, he'll tap in for par. Justin Leonard's par putt lips out at four, he drops back to two under. Stricker's birdie effort at eight runs out of steam, he stays level, Masters champion Schwartzel makes his saver to stay level par.1618: Westwood, of course, made birdie at seven to get back to +2, let's hope he can push on from there. That said, were he to finish on two over, that would be no kind of disaster. Peter Whiteford of Scotland is putting a solid round together, he's one under through 16. 1613: Tremendous approach from Andersson Hed of Sweden at five and he taps in to get to two under. The last threesome on the tee at one - here's little-known American Jason Knutzon, a regular on the Asian Tour, giving it some humpty. England's Andrew Jonhston follows him down there... McDowell tugs his eight-footer for birdie at nine to stay two over. Mickelson's eagle putt at seven stays short but he gets back to level. 1607: Someone just texted in to call me "a chump" for writing "four" instead of "fore". People... I just don't like people... Westwood saves par with a great up-and-down at seven, but remains three over par. McDowell with his second into the ninth from 140 yards... nine iron - they were going with six irons earlier - and it's all over the flag. Chad Campbell lets one go at 15 to drop back to two under. 1600: Adam Scott with the old broomstick and he makes birdie at nine for two under overall. Westwood hits the pin with his third at seven, a scuttling chip and run, and he should save par. Better scoring conditions now at Royal St George's, the wind has subsided, and Justin Rose is doing a Faldo, the Englishman out in nine straight pars. 1558: McDowell in some bother at eight but that's a sweet escape to within eight feet or so. Westwood into the seventh and he's not feeling it today - "four right!" and he clatters his approach into the gallery. Chad Campbell makes birdie at 14 to jump into a tie for third on two under. Bubba squeezes in his par effort at eight to stay one under and Justin Leonard, winner in 1997, kicks off with three straight birdies. Steve, Lough Erne, via text 81111: "My Local golf pro Shooter McDonnelly reckons Cink is the man. Problem is, Shooter plays golf like an 18 handicapper, talks a lot of tripe and is usually wrong."1548: Westwood with a nervy little poke at six, he stays +3. Schwartzel drops to one over after missing a short one. Here's Bubba Watson into the eighth and it's short and right. Bubba made a bit of a plum of himself a couple of weeks back at the French Open, dismissing the Eiffel Tower as "that big tower" and the Arc de Triomphe as "an arch in the middle of the road". Mnd you, nothing's changed, maybe it was one of Bubba's ancestors who named the White House. 1543: Westwood on the 179-yard sixth... creamy effort, very makeable putt for birdie. Oosthuizen for birdie at five but he doesn't hit it - stays one over. Big, throaty roar as Clarke drains a longun at 10 to get to one under, great downhill saver from Justin Rose at eight, he's off with eight pars in a row. 1540: Many thanks Sam Lyon, Ben Dirs back in the seat. Just popped outside and I can confirm there are people sunbathing in Salford. They'll be eating ice creams next. Naughty little chip from McDowell at seven and that's a two birdies on the spin for the man from Portrush, he's back to one over. Bubba Watson, not playing in dungarees today (more's the pity), leaves his birdie putt left and stays -1. Should have been better, he was safely on in two. By Sam Lyon
1537: So far we have 25 men under par at Royal St George's - and top of the pile is the young pair Thomas Bjorn (-5) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (-4). The new breed *cough*. Plenty struggling today, though, and already the pre-tournament favourites are finding life stickier than Sammy the Stick Insect. Back in the chair now to talk you through their progress for a while again, is Ben Dirs...1531: Great Scott! Well, almost. Still Pretty Good Scott, though, as Aussie Adam misses a second birdie chance at seven to stay one under. Kyle Stanley is on the charge proper, though, with a birdie at 12 to go two under. I think I'm right in saying a few of our experts tipped an unexpected win from an American, but as I can't remember who they are I'll claim I did it. But only if I'm right come Sunday evening, obviously. Talking of relatively unknown Americans *cough* Tom Watson sinks a short one to stay one under - though there is no such luck for Lee Westwood who has just bagged the seven-year-old boy's dream, the bogey hat-trick. The Englishman is three over through five.1525: South African Charl Schwartzel, winner of this year's Masters, pulls up short at five - but he's in better shape than England's Lee Westwood who hacks at the grass after hoiking his approach to the greenside rough on the left. Staring down the barrel of another dropped shot the Worksop man. Over on seven, compatriot Justin Rose pushes a birdie chance left and he'll have a tiddle for par. Peter via text: "RE: 1515 - I've got 25 pence on Harrington. Still a risky bet." 1521: Having dropped shots at one and five, Graeme McDowell finally finds some magic with his approach at six and he draws to within a few feet for a fine birdie chance. Three over at present, McDowell is bidding to become the first Northern Irishman to win two majors, so I'm told... and he sinks a short putt well. Nice. Oof - Martin Kaymer has almost just gone and sunk a brutal putt from the back of the green on four, his effort drifting a lot further past than he deserved, while Louis Oosthuizen attempts to limit the damage with a decent chip back on from the greenside rough... and he holes out well. Nice recovery, that. Bubba Watson, bidding to make the cut at the Open for the first time in his career - though he's only played it twice before - is still going nicely with a par at six to stay one under. Noh Sueng-Kul of Korea, meanwhile, finishes off his round one under. Impressive.1515: Birdie alert. American Bubba Watson rolls in at five to go under for his round, as does Aussie Adam Scott at six. Like an ageing lothario, you've got to enjoy these birdies when you can today, folks. Looks like I over-estimated Louis Oosthuizen's drive in my previous entry - he has to hack out of something rather filthy and he's shot well past the green. Ouch. Conversely, Martin Kaymer gets his up rather nicely, only for his approach to drop short. Not as bad as Oosty's, but Kaymer has a long-un left. MONSTER! Tom Watson sinks a doozy at three for a two from all of 30 feet. Lovely stuff. And Padraig Harrington over on seven sinks his first birdie of the day to get back up to two over. Any money on Paddy this week? 1508: Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell looks on with some concern as he chips well past the hole on his approach at five - he has work to do to save par and remain two over - but the pack of three I just mentioned, Mickelson, Oosthuizen and Kaymer, all get well off the tee at four, the latter just creeping into a touch of fairway rough. Up ahead on the fourth green, Lee Westwood lips a long putt in and out to miss out on par and drop to two over.1505: Cheers Dirsy. He's right you know, it IS sunny in Salford. Who'd have thought it. Sam Lyon in the chair for a spell now - and out on the course at Sandwich, Martin Kaymer sends a long one by at three to miss out on birdie - he stays level par - while Phil Mickelson pulls a birdie up short at the same hole to stay one over. Defending champ Louis Oosthuizen wobbles a tiddler round the hole and out and he drops back to one over. Scoring low is not going to get much easier out there. By Ben Dirs
1459: American Chad Campbell makes a birdie putt disappear at 11 to join the group on two under. Old Tom Watson kicks off with a par, while 2001 champion David Duval collapsed to a 78 after a promising start. I'm stepping outside for 20 minutes or so, here's Sam Lyon for a bit...1454: "How about a mention for Richard McEvoy, making his Open debut and having a solid round?" texts Bruce in Essex. Bruce, because you're called Bruce, I will mention that McEvoy of England is level after 15. Commendable. Kaymer of Germany with a sweet chip and run but he blows the birdie chance, leaving it right of the cup. Stricker unerring at three, par from eight feet to stay level. Local knowledge from Sandy, winner at Royal St George's in 1985, finding a green-side hump at eight and bending his ball close to the pin. Shot gone for Westwood at three, Schwartzel makes birdie, Clarke lets one go at the par-five seventh to drop back to evens. Here's first alternate Ricky Barnes on the first, he marmalises one straight down the middle. 1446: Darren Clarke birdied two and four and is one under through six. He was making some confident noises ahead of this event, would be good to see him contending. Westwood on the 239-yard par-three third. We're guessing five iron into the breeze... overcooks it, through the green. Stricker, who hits it low, scuds his ball through as well. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel parred one and two and that's a doozy at three, bringing it in off the breeze to within 10 feet. Oosthuizen out of the traps with a par at the first.Chris, a bored medical student on a psychiatry placement, via text on 81111: "Re: 1335 - Schizophrenia isn't a split personality disorder, it involves psychotic symptoms such as delusions (unshakeable false beliefs) and hallucinations (often hearing voices). Other than that, keep up the good work." 1439: Shot gone for Mickelson at the first after his putt from off the green comes up well wide. Only one top-10 in 18 Open appearances for 'Leftie', fourth in 2004. Westwood doesn't hit his birdie putt at two and stays level par. Peter Whiteford of Scotland is one under through 11, the highest-placed player out on the course. 1434: Anders Hansen in with a very handy 68 - two Danes in the top four. Mickelson had a brute of a lie and could only just bunt his ball back on the fairway. I say 'bunt', he went at it like a lumberjack attempting to fell a redwood with a single blow. Australian Jason Day - runner-up in his last two majors - makes birdie at three to get back to level par. Could he be the one half of a McIlroy-Day rivalry for years to come? He looks to have the tools. Steve Stricker, winner in the States last week, is out and about and safely on in two at the second. US Open champion Rory McIlroy: "It was OK. It was a tough day. I knew I wouldn't have too many birdie chances but I'm happy with the way I've started. I feel the harder it is, the better it is for me and as long as I can keep it level par I think it will be a good score and hopefully if I can do that then I'll come close." 1424: Donald misreads his birdie putt at 18 but pops in the par putt for a round of 71. Six off the lead, but still very much in the hunt. Garcia, with that awkward claw grip of his, misses his saver at the last to finish bogey-par-bogey and a round of 70. Here's our champion, Lodewicus Theodorus 'Louis' Oosthuizen, on the first tee and he's safely away. Not so Phil Mickelson, 'Leftie' finding the rough. Westwood's birdie attempt at one stays right but he's safely in for par. Adam Scott - yet another 'best player never to have won a major' - is off to a flyer, birdie at the first.1418: As England's world number one completes his round, England's world number two has lift-off - Lee Westwood with three wood off the first tee and he gives it some hammer. Stephen Gallacher of Scotland came back in 32 today for a round of 70, which is very respectable indeed. Here's Padraig rolling in a 10-footer for birdie at three as Garcia clips his third into the heart of the green - he's got a knee-knocker for par at the last and a round of 69. McDowell squeezes in his 10-footer at two for par, something of a touch after six at the first.1412: Garcia pushes his drive right at 18 - he'll get a drop away from the white picket fence, at least. Edoardo Molinari of Italy bends in a birdie at six to get to one under. News in that Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts has withdrawn after taking a tumble on a moped midweek, meaning American Ricky Barnes will get a go instead and England's David Horsey is next off the rank. Garcia did get a drop at 18 but he's mangled his second - that could be out of bounds... Anders Hansen stays two under after 17, Donald safely on with his second at 18...1404: Clarke with a big left-to-right breaker at four to get to one under. McDowell has made a right old nause-up of the opening hole - double-bogey six. Great saver from Garcia at 17 to stay one under, Donald finally lands a birdie to get to one over. Tom Watson out on the range, he'll be teeing it up shortly... Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Asked if he will celebrate his 66 with a glass of Rioja, Jimenez said, 'doesn't matter what I shoot, I always have glass of Rioja.'"1358: McIlroy's birdie effort at 18 ducks left too soon, but that's a pretty tidy opening round of 71 for the US Open champion and bookies' favourite. Donald gives himself a birdie chance with a pearler of an apporach from the rough at 17 and Els makes a saver at 18 for a fighting 72. Fowler in with a level-par 70 - three birdies, three bogeys, five off the lead. 1352: Brollies up as a squally shower scuds overheard. Casey makes par at 18 for a four-over 74, Curtis in for a seven-over 77. I think we can safely say the American will not be winning at Royal St George's this year. Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell with his second shot at the first and he scoots it through the green from the rough. A native of wild and windy Portrush, McDowell is many people's tip for the Championship. 1347: Rory spangles his drive down the right-hand side of the fairway at 18, not the angle he wanted into the green. Els at the 459-yard 18th and he's tugged his left into the wispy stuff. Many thanks Tim in Marlow, who has texted in to point out it should be 'concertina', not 'consatina'. Sorry, not really a word you use in everyday conversation, unless you're trying to fleece people in Montmartre. Garcia's par putt at 16 squirts right, he's back to -1. 1341: McIlroy all over the flag like cheap suit with his approach at 17. News of Ben Curtis, winner at Royal St George's in 2003 - six over after 17... the old breeze still tugging away at the trouser legs like an irritating toddler with sweets in mind, but McIlroy makes his eight-footer disappear at 17 to get back to one over. Gregory Bourdy back to level par courtesy of a snaking chip and run at 14. Thomas Bjorn very emotional at his post-round presser today, his father passed away recently: "He would have been very proud of me, that's all I need to say."1335: Garcia plops out of the sand at 15, he'll have a 15-footer for par. Poulter for birdie at 18 - that was for a 68, but didn't hit it, in for 69. Ballsy from Donald from off the short stuff at 15 and his ball races by the cup. Sergio makes that putt - his spurs are jingle-jangling, he stays two under. Donald stays two over, nothing dropping for him today. Schizophrenic round from Dustin Johnson - five bogeys, three birdies and an ace for a round of 70. Ikeda of Japan in with a one-under 69. Birdie for Darren Clarke at two, the Northern Irishman back to level. 1329: Garcia up to his guts in rough - horrible. A bit of old-skool Sergio - big old heave-ho, on one leg, safely out - until it comes to rest in a green-side bunker. Hansen shows sweet touch at 14, the man with three runners-up spots so far this season, he should climb to two under. McIlroy stays two over through 16. Here's Jimenez on the box - face like a chewed-up ball of gum, likes his booze, fast cars and fags, gotta live him. 1322: Fowler's long-range birdie attempt stays just right at 15, he stays level. McIlroy and Els remain +2. Justin Rose reveals he woke up at 9am this morning. Is that early - or late? Anders Hansen of Denmark is one under through 13, as Sergio finds rough off the tee at 15. McIlroy at the par-three 16th and that's safely into the heart. My man Matteo Manassero makes a safe par at 18 for a round of 73 - eight off the lead, but not out of it yet. Two-time major winner Angel Cabrera is in with a one-over 71. 1315: The inclement weather in Sandwich has done nothing for the sartorial flamboyancy on display: Fowler all in black, Poulter in rather sombre navy. Cink in with a round of 70, five off the lead, Donald lets a birdie chace slip away at 14, he stays one over. McIlroy with gossamer touch at 15, he should save par. Poulter moves under par with a six-footer at 17, the Englishman on something of a roll. 1309: David Duval, 2001 champion at Lytham, is +4 through 12. Here's Donald bending one in at 14 and that's a very decent effort. Ikeda with his second at 17 and it comes up short and rolls back down the slope guarding the front of the putting stuff. Poulter's all over the flag with his approach, another birdie chance, the Englishman is currently level. 1306: Here's Ian Poulter, and he rolls in a banana for birdie at 16. McIlroy pops in for par at the par-five 14, Els in for birdie. Garcia's bent one into stand at 14 - but what a break that is, his ball ricocheting just short of the green. Nick Watney of the US birdies 15 and 16 to get back to +5. Favourite food? Mexican. Favorite movie? The Bourne Supremacy. Favourite drink? Chocolate milk.1300: Stewart Cink - champion in 2009 - is chugging along nicely, one under through 16. Some might call him faceless, but he's got 1,207,847 followers on Twitter. Why? "Between you and me, I didn't like the pocket cavity long irons either." You can't buy banter like that. Fowler with a quacking hook at 14, McIlroy finds sand, Els sets up an eagle opportunity. Donald pulls out the three iron and pings his tee shot short of the Suez Canal - he won't make it on in two from there. McIlroy having to fold himself up like a consatina in a green-side bunker at 14, but he's safely. ACE! Dustin Johnson at 16! He was four over after 13, he's now back to level. Jimenez with a fine par save at the last and he's in with a 66 - one off the lead. Go and have a glass of Rioja Baja.1248: Jimenez rolls in his birdie putt at 17 to move within one of the lead. Twirl of the cap, little swivel, he's been here before. Donald from the cabbage at 13 and that's a decent effort, into the guts of the green. Yuta Ikeda of Japan is rumbling along nicely, the Japanese is two under through 14. Sergio is two under through 13 - right in the middle from 15 feet, two birdies on the spin. Donald with a brute of a right-to-lefter to save par, and he doesn't like this at all, backing off several times before tugging his effort just left. The world number one drops to +1.1242: McIlroy drops back to one over courtesy of a bogey at 13, Fowler drops back to level par. Sweet as a nut from Jimenez at 17 - his second is all over the flag, and he tugs on a string and brings his ball to within a few feet of the hole. Garcia with his second into the wind at 13 - 187 yards, five iron, skirts with the sand but safely on. Els unsheaths the three iron and pings one down the left-hand side at 14; McIlroy cosies up nextdoors; Fowler moves in behind them. That's a very reachable par-five, by the way. 1238: Garcia rattles in a birdie at 12 to get back under par. Few technical problems folks, which I apologise for - Ben Dirs in the hotseat. Ryan Moore of the US in with a one-under 69 - here's another nugget from his website: "If you catch Ryan off the course, in an everyday casual setting, more than likely you'll see him kicking it in a pair of Tom's. If you haven't tried these shoes or at least heard of them, first of all they are they comfortable, come in a thousand colors and variations, they are light, and go along with the barefoot ideology Ryan embraces." 1232: McIlroy in some rubbish at 13 and he comes up short. Fowler with five iron and he pushes it short and right. Donald at 12, with a 15-footer for birdie... misses by a couple of inches. Peach of an approach by Els at 13 to set up a birdie chance. Ishikawa squeezes in a 10-footer at 12 to get back to five over, still 10 shots behind leader Bjorn. 1228: Rickie Fowler on tee at 13 and he rattles one straight down the middle. Jimenez on 16 from 20 feet... safe par three. Donald from the light stuff on 12 and that's a peach into the left-hand side of the green. Garcia on the par-four 12th and he trumps Donald, that's a crackerjack of an approach. Jimenez taps in for par at 16, the cigar-chomping Spaniard stays three under, two off leader Bjorn. 1223: Ryan Moore of the US putting a solid round together, he's one under after 17. Here's what he has to say about his favourite drink, the Starbucks Grande Starbucks Doubleshot: "They are everywhere, and you can always count on getting your drink the way you like it, nice for someone who travels constantly. *warning: this drink is for the coffee lover/connoisseur only/this packs a caffeine punch and is not for the faint/frappacino hearted." I'm not making this up... 1219: Many thanks Ash. Greetings from rain and windswept Sandwich, via sunny Salford - no, seriously. Another one goes for 'The Bashful Prince', Ryo Ishikawa six over after 11. Shot gone for Donald at 11, he leaves a five-footer high and drops to level par. McIlroy stays one over, his long-range birdie attempt at 12 stays a couple of inches left. Els can't make anything disappear, his birdie attempt squirts right. By Mark Ashenden