How it happened: Jimenez takes lead; Tiger 1 back

Tiger Woods tees off on the first during the second round of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Tiger Woods tees off on the first during the second round of the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Muirfield is proving to be a stiff test -- for everyone.

Miguel Angel Jimenez made a great par on the 18th hole to card an even-par 71 and take the outright 36-hole lead at 3 under, one shot clear of Tiger Woods (71), Henrik Stenson (70) and Lee Westwood (68).

Jimenez will play with Stenson in Saturday's final group, while Westwood and Woods will play in the penultimate group.

See how it all happened on Friday at the Open Championship:

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Update #55: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Angel Cabrera also finds trouble off the 18th tee, going even further right than Johnson and gets a free drop as well. His second shot is tugged even further left and into the thick rough left of the green. A great chip to about 15 feet under the hole gives Cabrera a look at par, but he doesn't hit the putt hard enough and settles for a closing bogey. He cards a 1-over 72 and is 1 under for the tournament.

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Update #54: 3:21 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson finds trouble off the tee at the 18th, having to take a free drop when it hits the double-metal rails on the right. Dropping in the rough, he sends his second shot into the rough on the left. His chip into the green settles about 30 feet right of the cup, where he two-putts for a par and falls back to 1 under after a 4-over 75 on Friday.

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Update #53: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Angel Cabrera powers his birdie putt from 25 feet on 17 about 4 feet past, but makes the comebacker to stay at 2 under and in a tie for second.

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Update #52: 3:04 p.m. EDT

Of the last 21 groups coming into the clubhouse, zero players are under par for the round.

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Update #51: 3:01 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson can't get enough on his birdie putt from about 12 feet and settles for par at the par-5 17th and moves to the 18th at 2 under, tied for second.

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Update #50: 2:54 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Phil Mickelson recovers from his four-putt double bogey at the 16th and finishes with back-to-back pars for a 3-over 74, heading to the clubhouse T-11 at 1 over.

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Update #49: 2:47 p.m. EDT

Projected cut update: A perilous three-hole stretch in which Camilo Villegas carded a double bogey and two bogeys drops Camilo Villegas to 7 over with three holes to play – barely on the safe side of the line at the moment. However, with scores rising and 8 over good for T-72, the line could move again with a couple of bad holes from a couple of players.

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Update #48: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Miguel Angel Jimenez, safe in the clubhouse, is the new leader after miscues from the contenders on the course.

Zach Johnson misses the green at the 15th, pitches on and needs three putts to get down for a double bogey that drops him to 2 under; he follows with a par at the 16th.

Angel Cabrera bogeys the 14th to fall into a tie for the lead with Jimenez, then bogeys the 15th to fall to T-2 alongside Johnson and four others at 2 under.

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Update #47: 2:09 p.m. EDT

Projected cut update: The line has moved to 7 over, which would get Fred Couples, Jason Dufner and Russell Henley into weekend play. Couples bogeyed the last while Dufner finished with back-to-back bogeys and Henley finished birdie-par.

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Update #46: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson misses a 4-footer for par at No. 14 to drop to 4 under, tied for the lead again with Angel Cabrera.

Dustin Johnson closes out a 1-over 72 with three straight pars and hits the clubhouse at 2 under, two back of the co-leaders. Dustin Johnson says on ESPN that it's very diffcult to gauge how far the ball will go on the dry Muirfield links. He's T-4 with Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods.

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Update #45: 1:52 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker steadies himself a bit with a par at No. 16 – that coming on the heels of a triple bogey at the previous hole, capped by a four-putt that included two lip-outs. Snedeker has fallen to T-26 at 3 over.

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Update #44: 1:43 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12-13 move Zach Johnson into the outright lead again at 5 under. Johnson has three birdies in his last five holes to pull himself back to even par for the day.

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Update #43: 1:32 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson makes birdie at the 12th to return to 4 under and reclaim a share of the lead alongside Angel Cabrera. Johnson, the first-round leader, is 1 over for the day after carding four bogeys on the front nine.

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Update #42: 1:24 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 13-14 drop Brandt Snedeker to even par and T-11.

Phil Mickelson at No. 13 cards his second straight par to remain T-9 at 1 under.

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Update #41: 1:17 p.m. EDT

Projected cut update: With 7 under at T-71 and missing out, Russell Henley (78-71) would just miss out on weekend play. Fred Couples (three to play) and Keegan Bradley (five to play) would just get in.

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Update #40: 1:09 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Dustin Johnson drops to 2 under, two shots back of leader Angel Cabrera, with a bogey at the 15th.

Phil Mickelson tries to notch back-to-back birdies with a 15-foot try at the 12th, but it slides past and he stands T-9 at 1 under.

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Update #39: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: And just like that, Angel Cabrera birdies again to reclaim the outright lead. His long eagle putt at No. 9 rolls to a stop pin high and just 6 inches right, as the tap-in lifts El Pato to 4 under.

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Update #38: 12:55 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson birdies the par-5 ninth to climb back into a share of the lead at 3 under alongside Angel Cabrera, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Dustin Johnson. Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods are a shot back and another foursome is 1 under as the top of the leaderboard is tightly crowded.

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Update #37: 12:49 p.m. EDT

Projected cut update: There's a lot of golf left to be played, but another bogey from someone at 6 over (or double bogey from someone at 5 over) could move the line to 7 over.

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Update #36: 12:42 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson drops another shot and is 2 over for the day after a bogey at the 10th. It's been a roller coaster of a day for the winner of last week's Scottish Open, with an early double bogey the difference as he has scattered two birdies and two bogeys since.

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Update #35: 12:37 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Brandt Snedeker pulls back to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at the 12th. Rafael Cabrera-Bello does the same at the 17th.

Miguel Angel Jimenez puts the wraps on a 71 that sends him to the scorer's tent tied for the lead at 3 under.

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Update #34: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Dustin Johnson birdies No. 12 and moves into the tie for the lead at 3 under alongside Angel Cabrera and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Zach Johnson bogeys No. 8 to fall to T-4 a shot back alongside Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods.

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Update #33: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Projected cut update: U.S. Open champion Justin Rose makes double-bogey at No. 10, dropping him to 8 over and two shots outside the projected cut line. Other big names still on the course and outside the cut line include Billy Horschel (7 over), Tom Watson (8 over) and Rory McIlroy (13 over).

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Update #32: 12:06 p.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Angel Cabrera bogeys the sixth, missing a par putt of about 8-10 feet, falling back to a tie for the lead with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker double-bogeys the 10th to slide to 1 under.

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Update #31: 12:01 p.m. EDT

After that madcap shuffle atop the leaderboard, let's recap the five highest-ranked Open contestants as set by the Official World Golf Ranking:

  • Tiger Woods: T-5 at 2 under; even-par 72 today
  • Rory McIlroy: T-127 at 12 over; 4 over through seven today
  • Justin Rose: T-67 at 6 over; 2 over through 9 today
  • Adam Scott: T-15 at 1 over; 1-over 72 today
  • Phil Mickelson: T-13 at even par; 2 over through eight today

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Update #30: 11:52 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: What a show Miguel Angel Jimenez puts on at the par-4 15th, missing the green with a bunker between his ball and the pin for his third shot. Jimenez putts it around the bunker and the ball curls just behind the edge of the cup, leaving him a tap-in for par to remain 3 under. JImenez is one back of Zach Johnson, who comes up short of the green at the 6th and must get up and down to maintain his lead. He knocks it past by about 5 feet, then misses his par comebacker on the high side and drops to 3 under.

Angel Cabrera becomes the leader – having forced the issue at the 5th by hitting it to about 5 feet and making his birdie putt to climb to 4 under.

Brandt Snedeker birdies No. 9 to climb to T-2 at 3 under.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello double bogeys No. 14 to drop to T-9 at 1 under.

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Update #29: 11:43 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy makes about a 10-footer for double bogey to drop to 12 over. With the projected cut line at 6 over, his week is likely ending in a couple of hours.

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Update #28: 11:34 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Miguel Angel Jimenez bogeys No. 14 to give Zach Johnson a two-shot lead. But Johnson bogeys at No. 5 to slip back to 4 under and the lead returns to one shot. Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Angel Cabrera are T-2 alongside Jimenez at 3 under.

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Update #27: 11:20 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson gives himself an eagle putt at No. 9 – from about 10-12 feet it curls behind the hole as it comes to rest and he taps in for a birdie. That moves Watson to 2 under, three back of leader Zach Johnson.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello scrambles for par at No. 13 to remain 3 under.

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Update #26: 11:14 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Zach Johnson moves back out front at 5 under, sinking his birdie putt at the par-3 4th to get back to even for the round. Clearly, Johnson is maintaining the momentum that saw him nearly win last week at the John Deere Classic, reaching a playoff before Jordan Spieth won. Spieth, by the way, is T-19 at 1 over after a 74 this morning.

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Update #25: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Co-leader Miguel Angel Jimenez runs his birdie try past and raps in his comebacker for par. Rafael Cabrera-Bello misses his birdie try at the 12th to remain 3 under.

At the par-3 4th, co-leader Zach Johnson hits it to about 6 feet to give himself another birdie opportunity.

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Update #24: 11:05 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Co-leader Miguel Angel Jimenez rolls it up pin high at the par-3 13th and has a birdie try of about 10 feet. Rafael Cabrera-Bello hits it inside 10 feet at the par-4 12th and also will have a birdie try.

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Update #23: 10:59 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Co-leader Zach Johnson misses a mid-length birdie putt at the third and settles for par to remain 4 under alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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Update #22: 10:51 a.m. EDT

Mickelson-Matsuyama-McIlroy: Phil Mickelson hits it to inside 5 feet at the par-3 4th, while Rory McIlroy hits it into a right-side bunker. He makes his putt to get back under par for the tournament. McIlroy blasts his bunker shot to about 10 feet but misses the putt and slips to 2 over.

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Update #21: 10:42 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Miguel Angel Jimenez gets a birdie to fall on the par-4 11th to join Zach Johnson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello at 4 under and in the lead. Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson follows his eagle at No. 5 with a bogey at No. 6 to fall back to 2 under.

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Update #19: 10:23 a.m. EDT

Leaderboard update: Overnight leader Zach Johnson sends his tee ball into the right rough, pitches out, but finds the left rough. His third shot gets to the green, but is 25 feet away. His putt comes to rest on the ridge of the cup and he picks up an opening bogey to fall to 4 under, tied for the lead with Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

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Update #18: 10:20 a.m. EDT

Mickelson-Matsuyama-McIlroy: After finding a bunker off the tee, Mickelson has to pitch out to the fairway, hits his third to 20 feet and then three-putts for a double-bogey and he falls back to even par.

Snedeker-Rose-Els: Brandt Snedeker comes up short of the par-4 3rd, fails to get his second shot to the green and then puts his third to 20 feet. A two-put later and it's his second double-bogey of the tournament and he falls back to 2 under.

Leaderboard update: Dustin Johnson recovers from two early bogeys with an eagle at the par-5 5th to get back to 3 under.

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Update #17: 10:05 a.m. EDT

Mickelson-Matsuyama-McIlroy: A trio of pars here for the marquee afternoon group, with Mickelson missing a 15-footer for birdie to try and get closer to leader Zach Johnson. Mickelson stays at 2 under, while Matsuyama is even and McIlroy is 8 over.

Snedeker-Rose-Els: Brandt Snedeker is the only member of this group that is currently in contention, and he plays a fantastic approach shot into the par-4 3rd to about 2 feet. He makes birdie to move to 4 under.

Leaderboard update: Rafael Cabrera-Bello can't convert on a 15-footer for par on No. 8 and drops back to 4 under on the tournament.

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Update #16: 9:46 a.m. EDT

Rafael Cabrera-Bello has joined Zach Johnson at 5 under with a birdie at No. 7. Cabrera-Bello had dropped to 3 under with a bogey at No. 4, but responded with a birdie at the par-5 5th to rite the ship.

Meanwhile, Brandt Snedeker has started the day with two pars to stay at 3 under.

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No. 18, Par 4, 470 yards

That's six consecutive pars for Tiger, which is solid, but he's going to need to hope the players ahead of him falter this afternoon, which is quite possible.

Off the tee: Another iron here for Tiger, and he's in the middle of the fairway again. Not aggressive, but seems to be the smart play at this point.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a fantastic second shot, leaving it pin-high and about 12 feet from the hole. A birdie at the last would be a huge momentum lift.

On the green: And Tiger ends his day with a big birdie. That's a huge confidence boost. Even gave it a little celebration and smile.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

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No. 17, Par 5, 575 yards

Solid two-putt from Tiger on 16 and that is five consecutive pars after his bogey at 11.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a stinger 3-wood and it runs down the fairway. Will likely still be tough to get to the green in two.

Second shot: Another fairway metal here for Tiger, and he hits it hard and still will have a wedge into the green. This hole has changed dramatically, as it isn't reachable at the moment.

Approach shot: Tiger has to carry it to the hole, and doesn't quite get it there and will have 25 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger finds the right line, but it's short and he settles for a par. At this point, a par on 17 is what you can expect with the pin all the way in the back right and playing into the wind.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood finishes with a bogey on 18 and cards a 3-under 68 and is 2 under for the tournament. Westwood had gotten all the way to 5 under, but three back-nine bogeys brought him back to the field. Charl Schwartzel also cards a 3-under 68 after a par on 18, and is 1 over for the tournament.

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No. 16, Par 3, 186 yards

That's back-to-back up-and-down saves for Tiger, both critical to staying in contention and in red figures.

Off the tee: Playing at 183 yards today, Tiger hits a solid shot that settles on the green, about 25 feet back-right of the hole. Slick putt upcoming.

On the green: Nicely judged birdie attempt, leaving it a foot right of the hole and tapping in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

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No. 15, Par 4, 448 yards

That was another big save for Tiger. He hasn't been in attack mode all that much today, mostly scrambling around to try and save par.

Off the tee: A long iron here for Tiger, and another fairway split, with the ball running another 50 yards. Impressive.

Approach shot: Tiger tries to put a bit of spin on the ball, but it still bounds off the green and he'll be chipping back to the hole.

Around the green: After taking his time deciding on whether to chip or putt, Tiger decides to chip and plays a nice shot that settles 5 feet to the right of the hole.

On the green: Another great up-and-down from Tiger, making the putt in the middle of the hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Miguel Angel Jimenez falls back to 3 under after a bogey at the par-3 4th, finding the long rough off the tee.

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No. 14, Par 4, 475 yards

Tiger is grinding. No other way to describe it. It hasn't been pretty, but he is hanging around, knowing the players in the afternoon will have to deal with even faster elements.

Off the tee: Long iron here again, and it finds the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: From over 225 yards, Tiger hits in front of the green and it runs all the way through and off the back. He's getting frustrated.

Around the green: He nearly holes out the flop shot, settling less than 3 feet from the hole.

On the green: Big save again, and this one should be a confidence booster headed to the toughest hole on the course today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Miguel Angel Jimenez finds the long rough twice on No. 1, but still manages to save par after a great third shot to about 5 feet. He then turns around and hits his second shot at No. 2 to about 4 feet and makes that to move to 4 under for the tournament. Ahead on 17, Henrik Stenson makes a 12-footer for birdie to get to 2 under.

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No. 13, Par 3, 190 yards

Tiger has five one-putts today, but also three three-putts. Been an up-and-down day with the putter and he is entering a tough stretch of holes.

Off the tee: Playing from 200 yards today, Tiger finds the green, but is 40 feet short. This is the same position Lee Westwood three-putted from about 20 minutes ago.

On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie putt about 8 feet short, but he will still be putting uphill, key at Muirfield. He drains that for a nice par save.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

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No. 12, Par 4, 379 yards

The course is toughening up and it's definitely biting Tiger, who has come up woefully short on quite a few greens today, not judging distance from the fairway all that well over the last five holes.

Off the tee: Tiger uses iron here and hammers it down the middle of the fairway. Plenty of distance too. Maybe a bit of extra frustration coming out in that swing.

Approach shot: Tiger hits a nice wedge here, leaving it about 8 feet under the hole. Needs this one.

On the green: Tiger doesn't hit it firm enough and comes up two inches short, settling for a disappointing par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood picks up a second consecutive bogey, this one on No. 14 after finding the long rough twice. He falls back to 3 under for the tournament.

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No. 11, Par 4, 387 yards

That last par save at No. 10 was critical for Tiger, especially after the bogey on No. 8 and failure to birdie the par-5 9th.

Off the tee: With fairway metal in his hand again, Tiger lets go of the club, but the ball is fine, just in the first cut of the left rough. It's a blind tee shot, so he doesn't know that he isn't in jail.

Approach shot: From 134 yards, Tiger is short of the green again. Either he is hoping for roll, or isn't judging the light winds correctly.

Around the green: Tiger decides to chip this one, especially with the big left-to-right break in the green at the flag, and the shot settles 10 feet beyond the hole. He can't believe it kicked that far forward.

On the green: Perfect pace, but it sits on the left lip and Tiger is over par on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood three-putts from 40 feet on the par-3 13th and picks up his first bogey of the day, falling back to 4 under and one behind Zach Johnson.

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No. 10, Par 4, 469 yards

That was an up and down front nine for Tiger, but leaves it unscathed considering he had two 3-foot misses for par. Remains three shots back of Zach Johnson and now Lee Westwood. Tiger played the back nine in 3 under yesterday.

Off the tee: Tiger takes fairway metal here and the twirl comes out, meaning he loves it. And he should, it's right in the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger comes up about a club short of the hole, settling just off the green and about 50 feet from the hole. Another one that will test him.

Around the green: Tiger is likely getting tired of these lag-putt situations, as that is what they truly are. And this one runs 12 feet past the hole.

On the green: A huge, huge, huge par save for Tiger here, as he puts it in the heart of the cup to stay within three shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood hits a great approach into the par-4 12th to about 4 feet and he makes the putt to join Zach Johnson in the lead at 5 under. Westwood is 6 under on his round.

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No. 9, Par 5, 554 yards

Putter hasn't been as sharp for Tiger Woods thus far today, at least on the short ones that he seemingly never misses. For the second time though, he has a par 5 to follow a short miss for par. Could still make the turn in red with a birdie. The par-5 9th is playing as the easiest hole on the course so far today.

Off the tee: With iron, Tiger goes a bit right, finding the rough, but the ball is sitting up. First so-so swing with the irons today. Needs a birdie here to reestablish momentum.

Second shot: With fairway metal, Tiger muscles it down to the green, but finds pin-high rough. Still a good shot out of the long stuff.

Around the green: Tiger's chip is less than stellar, nearly running all the way through the green.

On the green: Tiger thinks he has this one, but it won't fall on the left edge from 15 feet and he settles for a par. An even-par front nine and still three shots back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ryan Moore has had an interesting day, picking up an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys en route to being 2 under for the tournament after 12 holes today. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth double bogeys the par-4 15th and falls back to 1 under for the tournament.

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No. 8, Par 4, 441 yards

Tiger isn't taking many risks at Muirfield, settling for pars and taking advantage of the par-5s and the more gettable pin placements.

Off the tee: With yet another iron, Tiger finds the fairway, running down the right side and to the middle.

Approach shot: Tiger tests the wind a couple of times, and then from just over 200 yards, holds the green on the right, but is about 50 feet from the hole. Will do well to two-putt for par.

On the green: Tiger gives the birdie try a good whack, but still comes up about 3 feet short and under the cup. He pushes the par putt past and settles for his second bogey of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood makes the turn in 5-under 31 to move to 4 under for the tournament after a 4-footer for birdie at No. 9. Mark O'Meara, one off the lead to start the round, fires a 7-over 78 and is 3 over for the tournament.

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No. 7, Par 3, 184 yards

Another big par save for Tiger at No. 6, especially considering what the hole has done to a few others that were on the leaderboard.

Off the tee: Tiger has this one on the right line and it settles about 30 feet under the hole. Another solid shot and green in regulation.

On the green: Tiger hits a solid birdie putt, but plays it a bit too far to the right and leaves himself 2 feet for par. He knocks that in for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Martin Laird makes an 8-footer for birdie on No. 12 to move to 3 under. It was his fourth consecutive birdie after three bogeys in his opening seven holes.

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No. 6, Par 4, 461 yards

Good bounce-back birdie from Tiger there, but now moves to a hole that has been causing some fits. Getting out of here with a par will be an accomplishment.

Off the tee: With fairway metal, Tiger drills it and finds the right side of the fairway. That was nearly perfect.

Approach shot: Facing a somewhat blind shot, Tiger comes up short of the green, but did not find the penal bunkers.

Around the green: Putting yet again, Tiger comes up about 5 feet short of the cup. Has had a few of these types of putts thus far in the tournament.

On the green: Tiger drains the putt for a solid par at a difficult hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood makes a 20-footer from off the green at No. 8 for birdie to move to 4 under on the round and 3 under for the tournament. Shiv Kapur (read about him here) misses a 6-footer to save par on No. 1 and drops back to 2 under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson has recovered from his double at No. 6 with birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 to get back to 2 under for the tournament.

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A look at the second-round hole locations at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

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No. 5, Par 5, 559 yards

Oh, that one will sting. But, thankfully, he moves to the easiest hole on the course with the ability to get that shot back if he can keep his ball in the fairway.

Off the tee: With fairway metal, Tiger barely even looks at it as it finds the middle of the fairway. It will be go time on the second shot.

Second shot: With fairway metal again, Tiger runs it up onto the edge of the green and he'll have about 50 feet for eagle.

Around the green: Tiger is putting from off the green again, studies it for a bit and nearly drains it, cutting right under the hole and leaving himself 2 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger does make this short one and moves back into the red for the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel has birdies on Nos. 2 and 5 and just made a huge 15-footer for par on No. 6 to move to 2 over for the tournament. Meanwhile, on No. 11, Jordan Spieth makes a 15-footer for birdie to move to 3 under, two off the lead.

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No. 4, Par 3, 226 yards

Tiger made that last putt at No. 3 look easy, but it wasn't. The left-to-righter had already confused Lee Westwood earlier.

Off the tee: Playing at 204 yards today, Tiger gets it just onto the green, about 25 feet under the hole. Solid play.

On the green: After watching Graeme McDowell come up short on an identical putt, Tiger does the same. He lips out on the 3-footer and picks up a bogey. That one will hurt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

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No. 3: Par 4, 377 yards

Tiger will wish that one had dropped at No. 2, but three putts through two holes and a pair of pars isn't a bad way to start a round. Still needs to take advantage of a course that is only going to get tougher as the day goes on.

Off the tee: Another iron here for Tiger and he loves it immediately, bending down to pick up the tee. He's in the middle of the fairway again, although the ball doesn't roll as far this time around.

Approach shot: Another solid second shot, leaving it 12 feet left of the pin. Will be a slick putt, but all of them are at this point.

On the green: He gets this one to fall and Tiger is within two of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood gets up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the par-5 5th for birdie and moves to 2 under for the tournament. On the front nine's other par 5, Jordan Spieth birdies to get back to even on the day and 2 under for tourney.

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No. 2: Par 4, 364 yards

For a moment on that par putt, it looked like it might be headed to far right, but Tiger is fortunate to hit the right edge and get it to fall. The second hole is a birdie hole.

Off the tee: Tiger takes another iron and rips it down the middle of the fairway. The ball had to roll at least 50 yards, as the fairways are nearly pavement at the moment.

Approach shot: A nice wedge here, leaving it about 12 feet right of the hole. Somehow put enough spin on it to get it to stop nearly immediately.

On the green: A tough left-to-right putt here and it stops right on the left edge and Tiger is left with another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: For the second time in 20 minutes, the par-4 6th has taken someone in the red and put them in the black, as Henrik Stenson picks up a double-bogey to fall back to even for the tournament.

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No. 1: Par 4, 447 yards

We'll now switch over to a Tiger Tracker, with the World No. 1 wearing a light-bluish polo and black slacks. Temperatures are quite comfortable in the high 60s, with only a slight wind.

Off the tee: No fairway metal today, going with long iron and slides it up the left side of the fairway, just running out into the first cut of rough. Safe, but solid play.

Approach shot: From 166 yards, Tiger leaves it well short of the green, likely hoping it'd run a bit. Still in a nice up-and-down spot.

Around the green: Putting from long distance, Tiger sends it about 6 feet past on the left of the hole.

On the green: He gets this one to drop on the right edge and picks up a par to start the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Darren Clarke picks up a quadruple bogey on the par-4 6th to drop back to 2 over for the tournament. He took three shots to get out of a greenside bunker.

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Update #15: 4:35 a.m. EDT

Make that three straight for Darren Clarke, who makes a 6-footer for birdie on the par-5 5th to move to 3 under on the day and 2 under for the tournament. Clarke missed the cut at the Scottish Open last week.

Meanwhile, back on No. 2, Lee Westwood buries a 15-footer for a second birdie in as many holes to move to 1 under for the the tournament. Westwood had only three birdies on Thursday.

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Update #14: 4:26 a.m. EDT

Two groups in a row have seen a birdie on No. 1, as Luke Donald makes a 12-footer from behind the hole to start his day, but is still 8 over for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth has opened his round with six consecutive pars to remain at 2 under and three off the lead. Spieth had 14 pars on Thursday, including 11 straight from Nos. 6 through 16.

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Update #13: 4:17 a.m. EDT

Lee Westwood makes an early statement at the par-4 1st hole, burying a 15-footer for birdie to get himself back to even for the tournament. Westwood is still looking for his first major championship.

Ahead on the 8th hole, Mark O'Meara moves to 4 over on the day with another bogey and is now also even for the tournament.

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Update #12: 4:10 a.m. EDT

Darren Clarke hits a magnificent tee ball at the par-3 4th to about 4 feet and he buries the putt for his second consecutive birdie and he is 1 under for the tournament. Clarke is the 2011 Open Championship winner.

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Update #11: 4:09 a.m. EDT

A weather/conditions note . . . the winds have changed direction today, no longer coming out of the West, but now coming from the East. The players will need to adjust, as all of this week's practice rounds and Thursday's first round were out of the West.

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Update #10: 3:58 a.m. EDT

Mark O'Meara is struggling to find the same magic he had on Thursday, picking up a double-bogey 6 at the par-4 6th hole to drop to 3 over on the morning and 1 under for the tournament, now outside the top 10.

Fellow 50-plus golfer Tom Lehman also has a hiccup on No. 6, picking up bogey to fall back to 2 under.

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Update #9: 3:40 a.m. EDT

Henrik Stenson moves into the top 10 with a birdie at No. 1, now at 2 under for the tournament.

Stenson has a pair of T-3 finishes in the Open Championship (2008 and 2010), while making six of eight cuts heading into this week. Stenson did not play the 2012 Open, ending a streak of five consecutive seasons at the year's third major. Stenson has five top-10s in majors for his career.

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Update #8: 3:24 a.m. EDT

A day after picking up three birdies in his first five holes, Mark O'Meara has played those same holes in 1 over on Friday morning, including a pedestrian par at the par-5 5th -- which played as the easiest hole on the course on Thursday at nearly a half-stroke under par.

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Update #7: 3:10 a.m. EDT

Still eight days before his 20th birthday, Jordan Spieth is on the course after a 2-under 69 on Thursday at Muirfield. The Texas product opens with a solid par to stay within three of the lead.

While many were put off by the speed of the greens on Thursday, Spieth relished it, saying:

"I've played on faster. To be honest, this is more what I like. I putted well today. I feel more comfortable on these greens. I don't think of the speed, I feel the speed. Last week I reminded myself to hit it. This week I can go over and see the putt and feel it, which is obviously going to lead to better putting, hopefully."

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Update #6: 2:52 a.m. EDT

A pair of Champions Tour standouts gave Muirfield a run for its money on Thursday, with Mark O'Meara (4 under) and Tom Lehman (3 under) challenging the lead.

O'Meara just dropped a shot at the par-4 3rd hole to fall back to 3 under, while Lehman opens his round with a par to stay two off the lead.

Lehman won the 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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Update #5: 2:49 a.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner -- who recently blew an opportunity to win the Greenbrier Classic with a poor final round -- has started his round well, picking up birdies at Nos. 2 and 5 to move to T-21 at even par.

Wagner has not won on the PGA Tour since January of 2012. This is only Wagner's second appearance in the Open Championship, missing the cut last year at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's.

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Update #4: 2:37 a.m. EDT

In case you missed it, our TV critic Martin Kaufmann says this year’s first round British Open telecast in the U.S. by ESPN was merely solid – not as technically sophisticated as we’ve seen in the past. Read his review of Day 1 here.

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Update #3: 2:32 a.m. EDT

An opening par for Mark O'Meara, not allowing the very difficult par-4 1st to knock him from his perch at 4 under. Read Jim McCabe's piece on first-hole difficulty for the field on Thursday.

Also, our Alex Miceli caught up with O'Meara after his first-round 67, his best round at the Open Championship since winning in 1998.

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Update #2: 1:54 a.m. EDT

The cut at Muirfield will be the top 70 and ties, so there are plenty of big names that must make a move on Friday, or hope for an awful lot of help from the field.

Big names currently sitting at or near the cut line with a realistic shot of making a move on Friday:

4-over 75s, T-77

• Nicolas Colsaerts, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Nick Watney

5-over 76s, T-92

• Bo Van Pelt, David Duval, K.J. Choi, Matteo Manassero

6-over 77s, T-112

• Vijay Singh, Bill Haas

7-over 78s, T-119

• Russell Henley, Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk

Others that have likely played themselves out of the Open

Rory McIlroy (8-over 79), Luke Donald (9-over 80) and Lucas Glover (80)

Complete scores for the first round here.

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Update #1: 1:40 a.m. EDT

Y.E. Yang, Danny Willett and Johnson Wagner had the honors this morning of kicking off play, and they've all hit their opening tee balls, so the chase to make the weekend at Muirfield is officially on.

Wagner shot a 2-over 73, Willett a 4-over 75 and Yang a 7-over 78 on Thursday.

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Weather conditions, Friday

A day after the course got baked by sunshine and steady winds, it looks to be more of the same on Friday. Forecasts are calling for sunny skies with highs near 70 and a low of 57, with winds out of the southwest at 5 to 10 mph.

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Thursday's coverage

Musings on Muirfield: Players take to Internet

Here's a sampling of players' posts – some of them rather brave – from the Open Championship, as well as a few from outside Scotland.

McCabe: Opening hole packs plenty of punch at Muirfield

It started with Lloyd Saltman's quadruple bogey, moved to the same result for Brooks Koepka and then continued to haunt the field at the Open Championship. Welcome to the first tee, where your opening hole at Muirfield can derail your round early.

• Amid stress of Open, Mickelson makes a 9-year-old's day

Phil Mickelson had just birdied the 15th hole to move to 3 under, but still saw 9-year-old Ross Brown in the crowd with his cast on his arm. Mickelson stopped to give the stunned boy a ball and a few encouraging words.

Out of nowhere, O'Meara an Open factor again

When Mark O'Meara won his Open Championship in 1998, he was a definitive long shot. So, after his 4-under 67 on Thursday at Muirfield, O'Meara is opening eyes all over again.

Luiten's waiting game at British Open all for naught

Joost Luiten had the first alternate's spot at Muirfield and showed up ready to go. At the same time, rumors had swirled that Louis Oosthuizen was too injured to play.

Schwartzel breaks club at Open Championship

Charl Schwartzel will need a new 6-iron after breaking the club out of frustration Thursday at the Open Championship.

My Bag: Z. Johnson, Open Championship

Zach Johnson nearly won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. He remained on form Thursday during the first round of the Open Championship at Muirfield. Here is a list of the clubs the 2007 Masters champion has in his bag.

Oosthuizen, Hanson withdraw from Open Championship

Louis Oosthuizen managed to play eight holes Thursday at the Open Championship. But that will be all he plays the rest of the week at Muirfield. Peter Hanson also withdrew.

Mickelson, morning wave rip Muirfield conditions

After shooting 2-under 69 in the first round of the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson voiced his displeasure on the setup of Muirfield after his round to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi. He wasn't the only one.

Jimenez shows off his pre-round practice routine

If you’re looking for a new stretching routine before you start your round, you’ve come to the right place. Here is Miguel Angel Jimenez going through his stretching routine.

Johnson forgets Deere heartache with early Open lead

It’s not as if Zach Johnson doesn’t know how to go forward from disappointment; he chalked up last week's playoff loss to golf being golf, then marched to the lead at the Open Championship.

Hamilton (remember him?) finds flash of that '04 form

In what would prove to be the pinnacle of his career, Todd Hamilton won the Open Championship in 2004 at Royal Troon, defeating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff. That was the last time Hamilton won a tournament, the last time he broke 70 in an Open Championship -- until Thursday.

Mickelson looks smart to start Open; McIlroy feels 'brain dead'

Rory McIlroy isn’t talking or playing like the World No. 2 to start the British Open; Phil Mickelson by comparison looks like he’s ready to win his first Claret Jug.

Bjorn breaks $80,000 camera lens at Muirfield

Thomas Bjorn hit a camera lens on the first hole at Muirfield after hitting out of the rough.

Vonn: 'I am definitely not getting married'

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have been publicly dating for about four months now. As for marriage, though, that isn't in the cards, Vonn said in a recent Vogue article.

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Wednesday's coverage

Play before a major? Pros divided on answer

Tiger Woods is dead set against playing the week before a major, even if on those occasions when he did he won. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, played poorly at this year's Masters and will tell you it's because he didn't compete the week before.

Rude: Scott is ultra-prepared, hungry for more

Adam Scott knows that his Wednesday press conference could have had a much different feel if he hadn't won the Masters in April. But Scott is a different man than the one that blew a four-shot lead at the 2012 Open Championship: He's focused.

Still no clear reason why McIlroy is derailed

On a pleasant Wednesday on Scotland’s southeast coast, Rory McIlroy seemed light years removed from the comfort of his PGA Championship win. Smiles weren’t as plentiful, answers not as playful, body language not as carefree.

VIDEO: Dawson, Open officials break down changes at Muirfield

R&A chief Peter Dawson says that "as links courses go, (Muirfield is) a fair course. What you see is what you get." Dawson and Muirfield officials break down the changes to the course since we last saw it at an Open Championship.

R&A head Dawson talks Open, women, doping, more

The R&A, in its news conference before the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, fielded questions regarding gender discrimination, drug testing and the Olympics.

R&A turns back clock in defending male-only clubs

After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.

Looking back on Ballesteros' 1988 Open victory

It's been 25 years since Seve Ballesteros' final major victory, at the 1988 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Here's a look back at Seve's triumph.

VIDEO: Player talks about winning an Open Championship

Fresh off his nude appearance in ESPN's Body Issue, a fully-clothed Gary Players offers up insights on winning an Open Championship at Muirfield.

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The Toy Box Blog

Is Tiger switching drivers in Scotland?

The three-time Open Championship winner has been practicing with a new Nike VR_S Covert Tour at Muirfield.

TaylorMade's symbol-filled logo for 2013 Open Championship

Take a look at TaylorMade Golf's symbol-filled logo for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Ping debuts Rapture driving-iron prototype

On the eve of the 2013 Open Championship, Ping brings a prototype of its first driving iron to Muirfield.

Q&A with 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen

With the Open Championship fast approaching, our David Dusek sits down with the 2010 champion to discuss his equipment and approach to selecting gear.

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Tuesday's coverage

Rude: Tiger cautiously prepares for Open; will it be enough?

While Tiger Woods says his left elbow is healthy, playing only nine-hole practice rounds might indicate that the injury is still the back of his mind. But on a course that likely won't need driver, Woods is still a favorite due to his superior long-iron skills.

With elbow 'fine,' Tiger remains oddsmakers' favorite

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win his 15th major championship and fourth Open Championship according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.

Mickelson feeling confident about chances at Muirfield

Fresh off a dramatic victory at the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson enters this week's Open Championship on an incredible high about his chances playing links golf.

McDowell, Muirfield a match made in golf heaven

Graeme McDowell has won three titles in his last eight worldwide starts. He missed the other five cuts. He's also missed the cut after each of his victories. Muirfield might be the perfect solution to that problem for the 2010 U.S. Open champion.

Rose dreams of winning Open Championship 'more than any other'

2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose looks ahead to the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Snedeker's secret weapon at Open? He's 32

Brandt Snedeker is 32. That happens to be the same age as Adam Scott and Justin Rose were when they won the first two majors of the year. And Snedeker is a big believer in omens. Now the American just needs to go out and perform.

How Poulter prepares for an Open Championship

How does Ian Poulter prepare for the Open Championship? From getting his many outfits picked out ahead of time to his superstitions, Poulter's pre-tournament routine is quite interesting.

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Monday's coverage

Tiger reprimanded by marshal at Muirfield on practice day

Tiger Woods was ordered off the No. 10 tee at Muirfield on Monday by a marshal after the World No. 1 played the hole too early.

Mickelson hits backward shot at Muirfield

Phil Mickelson hit a backwards shot during a practice round Monday at Muirfield.

Rude: Good 'omen' for Fowler, Leishman, Bubba

Golfweek columnist Jeff Rude is a betting man, and believes in omens – especially when it comes to his history with the Open Championship. So, you are in luck Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman.

Open kicks off as Els returns Claret Jug

Ernie Els officially handed back the coveted Claret Jug on Monday at Muirfield, handing over the impressive piece of silver to R&A CEO Peter Dawson.

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Bulldog's Blog

Historic Muirfield buzzing early before Open

Our Alex Miceli gives you a bit of a history lesson on Muirfield, but quickly turns his attention to this year's Open Championship, as Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson all hit the course on Sunday.

A walk with ghosts at St. Andrews

In his fifth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli visits St. Andrews, the 'Home of Golf.'

Impressive day at Trump Scotland

In his fourth installment of the Bulldog's blog, our Alex Miceli plays a round at Golfweek's top-ranked GB&I course, Trump Scotland. Let's just say it lived up to its hype.

Castle Stuart with McGinley alongside

Alex Miceli spent a day at Castle Stuart getting to know Paul McGinley, the Europeans' next Ryder Cup captain.

Royal Dornoch builds on rich history

Royal Dornoch plays just like it was designed back in the late 1800s, fitting for a club so keen with its history that it is establishing a program to investigate the history of sport and culture in the region.

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Preview coverage

Hole by hole: Muirfield lives up to Open rep

This will be the 16th time the R&A is setting up the Open Championship along the Firth of Forth. Here's what you'll see during what promises to be a compelling week on this par-71 layout that stretches 7,192 yards.

Woods, Garcia head up staff Open predictions

Our staff of experts took a look at the Open Championship field and made their predictions for a favorite, underdog to watch and the low amateur. To no surprise, Tiger Woods registered on a couple of radars.

Notes: Blixt still sees light; Mickelson's money game; more

Two weeks later, Jonas Blixt still doesn't understand the criticism at Greenbrier; Keegan Bradley says Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are money; plus more in our notebook.

What's wrong with Rory? Quite a bit, stats indicate

Rory McIlroy’s latest bad patch – and he has had a few – has been punctuated by waning confidence, substandard short game and a tendency to hang his tee shots right with an inconsistent swing.

Tiger: 'Full go' for Open Championship at Muirfield

Tiger Woods gave an update on his left elbow injury in a release Saturday on his website, and also talked about the upcoming Open Championship at Muirfield.

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