Welcome to Day 2 of the British Open! What happened at Carnoustie while you were sleeping? Well, Tiger Woods nearly killed some people with a ball, for starters. But beyond that, let’s dive in…
New leaders at the top
Kevin Kisner posted a five-under mark early in the day Thursday that nobody touched for the rest of the day, thanks to swirling winds that turned into spitting rain by Friday morning. But even through the elements, three notable names — Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood — fought their way into a tie with Kisner’s mark. Kisner wasn’t slated to tee off until 7:53 a.m. Eastern on Friday, and he’d have a battle on his hands when he did.
Justin Thomas fooled around and got a triple double
If you’re on the court, a triple-double is good news; on the course, it’s trouble. Justin Thomas was sitting just fine at -2, just three strokes off the lead, when he carded a 7-6-5 across holes six to eight. That would be double bogey-double bogey-double bogey, sending JT tumbling right toward the cut line.
Here comes the rain again
It’s the British Open, so you expect the weather to play a starring role, and on Friday morning, the clouds rolled in. The rain ranged from drizzles to spatters, and helped soften up the course from its baked-dust Thursday texture. But the rain was expected to roll out after noon local time, at the same time that most of Thursday’s strong performers were set to tee off. Could the weather draw have an influence on the cut? We’ll find out soon enough.
British people are weird
And finally … Golf Channel cameras caught these brassy chaps taking a dip in the North Sea, for some unexplained reason:
Enjoy the rest of Day 2, everyone.
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