Day 2 at CARNOUSTIE
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Tommy Fleetwood: The Englishman was mocked on social media for using a yellow souvenir shop “brolly” during Friday’s rains but if that’s what works for him in rainy weather chances are he’ll use it again. Fleetwood shot a field-best 6-under 65, leaving him one shot out of the lead. It’s Fleetwood’s fifth round of 66 or lower in a major since last year’s British Open.
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Justin Thomas: Backed up his opening-round 2-under 69 with a 6-over 77 that included three consecutive double bogeys and missed the cut by one. It continues a disturbing trend for the No. 2-ranked player in the world. In his British Open debut two years ago at Troon he went 67-77 and last year at Birkdale finished 67-80.
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Shubhanker Sharma: The two-time European Tour winner turns 22 on Saturday and already has received the best birthday present he could have imagined: a tee time. He sure earned it. A bogey at No. 12 on Friday put him at 5 over, two shots above the cut line, but Sharma hunkered down and birdied three of the last six holes. That included an approach to 6 feet on the 18th, which he drained for birdie. That capped a 71 and he wound up making the cut with one shot to spare. “One of the best finishes I’ve had,” Sharma said.
Sandy Lyle played his first British Open in 1974 as a 16-year-old amateur, and won in 1985. The 60-year-old is out of eligibility after this year, meaning the only way back is to win the Senior British Open. So the Scot isn’t giving up just yet. Still, he had a lump in his throat walking up the 18th fairway Friday and just for good measure he then holed a 30-foot putt for birdie, much like Jack Nicklaus when he retired from major championship golf at St. Andrews in 2005. “I was on Cloud 9,” said Lyle, who finished at 9-over-par. “The birdie was extra special.”
• Dustin Johnson shot 1-over 72 and missed the cut at 5 over. He is just the fourth sitting world No. 1 to miss the cut at the British Open since the rankings began in 1986, and the first since Luke Donald in 2011.
• The previous seven winners of the British Open all trailed after 36 holes.
• 2001 champion David Duval withdrew, citing an illness.
Par-4, 499-yard No. 18: As is often the case, the closing hole set up the weekend. Kevin Kisner made double bogey on the holr for a 70 to fall into a tie for the 36-hole lead with Zach Johnson, who birdied the final hole to round out a 67.
TWEET of the day
I could give you $100 to back the winner from here & I’m guessing 95% would still get it wrong. Anyone who made the cut is a legit chance.
Quote of the day
“I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened.”
— Jon Rahm, who shot 78 — nine strokes worse than Thursday — and missed the cut.
Seventeen players will tee off Saturday within four shots of the lead. That number doesn’t include major champions Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and some fella named Tiger, who are capable of going on a run from five or more behind. Ch. 11 picks up coverage at 6 a.m.