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Open Championship

Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England

7/17/2014 - 7/20/2014

Pos Name Thru Today Overall
1 Rory McIlroy $1,665,788 600 -17
2 Rickie Fowler $785,910 270 -15
2 Sergio Garcia $785,910 270 -15
4 Jim Furyk $478,380 150 -13
5 Marc Leishman $359,639 115 -12
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Rory McIlroy and second rounds haven't always gone together like fresh-cut greens and made putts. Friday at the British Open, he certainly improved his record in that area with a second-consecutive 66 at Royal Liverpool for a likely four-shot lead as he heads into the weekend.

Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia are among McIlroy's closest pursuers, while Tiger Woods needed a birdie at the 18th to make the cut.

We'll keep you up to date right here as the second-round wraps up in Hoylake, England – and scroll down to check out details of Woods' round as well as our previous coverage of Open Championship happenings at Royal Liverpool!

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Update No. 24: 3:25 p.m. EDT

Highly ranked Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson aren't the only notables to miss the cut this week, as majors have a way of plucking a few stars out of the weekend rounds. Among the others: Lee Westwood (71-76), Ian Poulter (73-74), Miguel Angel Jimenez (75-73), Harris English (72-76), Patrick Reed (78-71) and Ernie Els (79-73).

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Update No. 23: 3:09 p.m. EDT

With the cut quite unlikely at this point to move to 3 over, all four amateurs are destined to miss out on weekend play. Ashley Chesters had a chance at 3 over, while Paul Dunne and Cheng-Tsung Pan stand 4 over and Neil Bradley stands 11 over.

The enjoyable story of factory worker John Singleton also might just two days as he is 5 over with two to play in the wake of back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 15-16.

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Update No. 22: 2:53 p.m. EDT

Let's check in again on players in the top 15 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings who made this week's trek to Royal Liverpool:

  • 1. Adam Scott: T-14, 3 under (68-73)
  • 2. Jim Furyk: T-9, 5 under (68-71)
  • 3. Sergio Garcia: T-3, 6 under (68-70)
  • 5. Matt Kuchar: T-30, even par (73-71)
  • 6. Henrik Stenson: T-44, 1 over (72-73)
  • 7. Jason Day: T-55, 2 over (73-73)
  • 8. Bubba Watson: Missed cut, 4 over (76-72)
  • 9. Jordan Spieth: T-55, 2 over (71-75)
  • 10. Justin Rose: T-19, 2 under (72-70)
  • 11. Zach Johnson: T-55, 2 over (71-75)
  • 12. Rory McIlroy: Leader, 12 under (66-66)
  • 13. Hideki Matsuyama: T-25, 1 under (69-74)
  • 14. Webb Simpson: Missed cut, 5 over (76-73)
  • 15. Tiger Woods: T-55, 2 over (69-77)

[Note: No. 4 Steve Stricker qualified but did not choose to compete.]

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Update No. 21: 2:32 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson birdies the last for a 65 – the round of the day – to narrow Rory McIlroy's lead to four shots.

Louis Oosthuizen cards his second bogey of the day, both on the back nine, to slip to 3 under for his round and T-8 at 5 under with one to play.

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Rory McIlroy update, Hole 18

After finding the long rough off the tee, Rory McIlroy simply lays up with a 4-iron into the middle of the fairway. With his third shot, he nearly jars it, settling about 4 feet past the hole. He drains the birdie attempt for back-to-back, 6-under 66s to move to 12 under through 36 holes.

Meanwhile, back on 17, Dustin Johnson makes a 6-footer for birdie to move into solo second at 7 under.

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Rory McIlroy update, Hole 17

After nearly driving the green at the par-4 17th, Rory McIlroy gets his approach to about 3 feet and the Ulsterman extends his lead to five in moving to 11 under. Still ahead: the par-5 18th.

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Hole 18: Par 5, 561 yards

Well, that was unexpected, as Tiger's driver costs him dearly with a triple-bogey on 17 that will force him to birdie 18 to make the cut. No one saw that coming when he sat T-10 to start the day.

Off the tee: Fairway metal here and it runs down the fairway to the tune of about 300 yards. Second shot is tricky with out-of-bounds on the right.

Second shot: With 261 yards left, Tiger uses 2-iron and will have a tough chip shot over a bunker from the right of the green.

Around the green: A nice chip leaves Tiger with about 5 feet for birdie.

On the green: And he drains it. His only birdie of the day keeps him around for the weekend.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 over (2 over for the tournament)

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Hole 17: Par 4, 458 yards

Tiger just can't get anything going today, as he's done well to simply keep the damage at 3 over. He needs at least two more pars to keep himself within shouting distance of gaining valuable FedEx Cup points by climbing the leaderboard over the weekend.

Off the tee: Tiger chooses driver here and pumps it out of bounds on the right.

Third shot: To avoid right, he hooks his second tee ball well to the left. He's now staring at double bogey at best, which would put him on the cut line.

Fourth shot: Tiger takes a big whack, the ball bounces on the green and rolls off the back, leaving a long chip upcoming.

Around the green: Tiger's chip comes up 20 feet short, leaving a long try for double.

On the green: Tiger's putt for double floats by on the left and he makes the comebacker for triple bogey. He'll likely need a birdie on 18 to secure a spot on the weekend.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 over (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy is now 10 under after making a 4-footer for birdie on the par-3 15th – and he still has two par-5s to go. His lead is now four over the field. Rickie Fowler cards a second-consecutive 69 to get into the clubhouse at 6 under, while playing competitor Sergio Garcia posts a 70 to also get in at 6 under.

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Hole 16: Par 5, 577 yards

Tiger will now have a pair of scoring chances with the 16th and 18th holes, but it'll be interesting to see if he uses driver or keeps that in the bag after his early struggles.

Off the tee: The driver comes back out and the ball fades a bit right and into the rough.

Second shot: An unforced error here, as his layup finds more rough on the right side of the fairway. It'll now depend on the lie.

Approach shot: From 150 yards, Tiger hits a nice shot that settles about 20 feet behind the hole. Again hit it pin-high, but the roll has kept him from short birdie attempts.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt stalks the hole, but runs past on the right and it's a 14th straight par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler picks up a second consecutive birdie, the latest at the 17th hole to move to 6 under and just three back of the lead.

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Hole 15: Par 3, 161 yards

Tiger has only gone birdie-free in a major three times. He has four holes left to avoid a similar fate today.

Off the tee: With 8-iron, Tiger hits a nice shot to about 18 feet behind the hole. A good look at birdie upcoming.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt comes up short, but another easy par. That's 13 in a row.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler makes a 4-footer for birdie at the par-5 16th to move to 5 under and four off the lead.

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Hole 14: Par 4, 454 yards

Tiger's par streak is less impressive in seeing the likes of Dustin Johnson now 5 under on his round through only 12 holes. Tiger remains nine behind Rory McIlroy, with only five holes left to try and get into red figures before the weekend.

Off the tee: Iron finds the fairway here, which is an improvement over the last two driving holes, when he found the right rough.

Approach shot: From 161 yards, Tiger gets a bit too much of it and it lands pin-high only to roll off the back of the green. Will have a chip from about 25 feet.

Around the green: His chip is a good one, settling 2 feet from the cup.

On the green: Easy par here for Tiger. It's almost like a broken record.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy misses a 10-footer for birdie on No. 12, keeping him at 9 under and still three ahead of the field.

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Hole 13: Par 3, 194 yards

Tiger is parring this course to death, but that is helping him this time around, as there are birdies out there to be had.

Off the tee: Tiger talks to his ball in the air, and it settles on the green, but about 40 feet behind the hole. Another likely two-putt ahead.

On the green: Tiger gives this a good run, but it slips under the hole and he settles for an 11th straight par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson (thru 10) and Charl Schwartzel (thru 12) have the rounds of the day going at 4 under, moving both to 5 under on the championship.

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Hole 12: Par 4, 447 yards

Tiger ranks 56th in fairways hit this week, yet is still even par on the tournament. He has been in complete scramble mode today and still has a chance to salvage his round with two more par-5s to go.

Off the tee: Another iron here and it again rolls through the fairway and into the right rough.

Approach shot: Ball is sitting up and he attacks the hole, but the ball bounds about 30 feet past the hole, but on the green. Tiger disgusted that he can't seem to get a ball to stop on the greens today.

On the green: Perfect pace, but settles 6 inches to the right of the cup for a 10th consecutive par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy misses a 5-footer for birdie on No. 11 and remains at 9 under, three clear of the field.

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Hole 11: Par 4, 391 yards

Tiger is definitely scrambling his way around Hoylake today and needed the top of the leaderboard to stay put, but Rory McIlroy fires a 2-under 33 on the front nine and birdies the 10th to take control of the tournament at 9 under, three clear of the field and nine ahead of Tiger.

Off the tee: Iron shot here hits the fairway but runs through it and into the right rough.

Approach shot: Tiger lofts it high into the air and hits pin-high and runs just off the green. He'll have 25 feet for birdie.

Around the green: Tiger knocked one in that was similar on Thursday, but no such luck this time, but he does get it close.

On the green: From about 3 feet, Tiger knocks it in for a ninth straight par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

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Hole 10: Par 5, 532 yards

A front nine that had little flash, but the seven consecutive pars kept Tiger out of deep trouble. He'll need to blitz the back nine like he did on Thursday.

Off the tee: Fairway metal here and he thumps it down the middle of the fairway.

Second shot: Tiger attempts a muscle the ball to the green with iron, but "Fore!" is hollered soon thereafter, as the ball goes right of the green and into the rough.

Around the green: Tiger simply has to hack it out and it sails about 50 feet past the hole, but on the green.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt sails about 4 feet past, never scaring the hole. He does make the comebacker for an eighth straight par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia birdies the 10th ahead of Tiger's group and is now 6 under, still two off the lead. Rory McIlroy kept that lead by picking up a birdie from 8 feet at the par-4 eighth hole, his third in four holes.

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Hole 9: Par 3, 197 yards

Tiger has been consistent since his rough start, but needs to find a birdie or two to creep back into contention.

Off the tee: Another solid tee ball here, as he finds the green and will have about 30 feet from the right of the hole. Not birdie range, but this is a tough green to hold.

On the green: Tiger stares this one down, but the birdie attempt narrowly misses and he settles for yet another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for tournament)

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Hole 8: Par 4, 431 yards

It took an unlikely birdie at No. 11 on Thursday to get Tiger going, so maybe that long par save will get him going today. He's now seven shots off the lead after Rory McIlroy two-putts for birdie at the par-5 fifth hole and birdies the sixth hole from 10 feet to get to 7 under.

Off the tee: Another long iron and another fairway split. Without driver in hand, Tiger has been a fairway-hitting machine.

Approach shot: Tiger finds the back of the green and will have a long look at birdie.

On the green: Solid lag putt to about 2 feet for Tiger, which he knocks in for a seventh consecutive par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

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Hole 7: Par 4, 480 yards

Four consecutive pars for Tiger, which would be fine under normal circumstances, but not when he played his first two holes at 3 over.

Off the tee: Tiger uses fairway metal here and hammers it into the middle of the fairway. He'll have a long second shot, but it'll be from the short stuff.

Approach shot: From 221 yards, Tiger's second shot gets a hard bounce in front of the green and it skirts right and into the rough.

Around the green: Tiger just misses the chip, leaving himself 20 feet to save par.

On the green: And he gets this one, dropping on the final roll, so that's five consecutive pars.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk has joined the leaders at 5 under with a 30-footer for birdie on No. 9.

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Hole 6: Par 3, 201 yards

That's back-to-back missed opportunities for Tiger, and he can't afford many of those now that he is trailing by five shots. He has dropped from T-9 at the start of his round to T-31.

Off the tee: From 190 yards, Tiger finds the green, about 30 feet behind the hole.

On the green: Perfect speed, but it stays 3 inches out to the right and another tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

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Hole 5: Par 5, 528 yards

Tiger looked a bit better on the fourth hole, although the putting stroke was a bit off, as he didn't even touch the hole on the short birdie attempt. He'll need to take advantage of the par-5s today to get back into the thick of things.

Off the tee: Tiger hammers his drive about 345 yards and settles in the rough on the right, but in a trampled down area.

Second shot: With just 182 yards left, Tiger comes up just short of the green, but will have a nice look at the hole from about 40 feet.

Around the green: Tiger's putt from off the green is way too hard and runs about 20 feet past the hole. Horrible stroke for Tiger there.

On the green: Pace on the birdie putt is good, but it slides by on the left and a pedestrian par. Big missed opportunity.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: On the heels of an eagle on No. 10, Brooks Koepka knocks in a short birdie on No. 11 to make it a four-way tie for the lead at 5 under.

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Hole 4: Par 4, 372 yards

Tiger needs to work on a bit of distance control after his first three holes, although that was a nice par save on No. 3.

Off the tee: Club twirl means fairway, and this 2-iron finds the middle. That's two straight fairways hit.

Approach shot: From 136 yards, Tiger hits a nice shot that settles about 8 feet past the hole. First look at birdie on the day.

On the green: Tiger doesn't hit the birdie putt firm enough and he settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia cards a birdie on No. 5 with a solid up-and-down from a greenside bunker to move to 5 under, one off the lead. Francesco Molinari's tee ball at the eighth hole goes out of bounds, leading to a double bogey that drops him back to 4 under.

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Hole 3: Par 4, 426 yards

Two missed fairways. Two missed greens. 3 over. Tiger was a machine off the tee on Thursday, but the driver is costing him so far today.

Off the tee: Iron here and he finds the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: From 183 yards, Tiger carries it too far and finds the deep rough at the back of the green.

Around the green: Tiger plays a very nice shot here, getting it to about 3 feet to save par.

On the green: He knocks in the par putt to stop the early bleeding.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: After a massive drive, Rory McIlroy's approach at No. 1 runs off the back of the green and he fails to get up and down, slipping back to 5 under, one behind Francesco Molinari.

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Hole 2: Par 4, 454 yards

Well, that's obviously not the way that Tiger wanted to start his round, as he is now 3 over on the opening hole for the week.

Off the tee: Driver again here and this time it's right and over the gallery. He might need to think about going back to his Thursday strategy of irons and 3-woods off the tee.

Approach shot: From 182 yards, Tiger lands nearly pin high, but it rolls all the way off the back of the green.

Around the green: Tiger's chip settles about 6 feet under the hole, which he'll need to save par.

On the green: Tiger pulls this par putt and he is 3 over through two holes today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4-5 lift Matteo Manassero into a share of the lead at 6 under.

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Hole 1: Par 4, 458 yards

Tiger is in all black today, with the exception of the lime green in his golf shoes. The lead has not changed as of yet, with Rory McIlroy set to tee off in about 15 minutes.

Off the tee: The big stick right away for Tiger and he yanks it well left and into the gallery, sending a few patrons scattering.

Approach shot: Tiger's ball carried all the way to the rough on an adjacent hole, and he takes a big whack at the ball, only to find the rough on the opposite side of the fairway, up near the green.

Around the green: Tiger's ball buries in the rough and he hacks it out, only to watch it carry all the way over the green. His fourth shot, again from rough, finds the green, about 15 feet away for bogey.

On the green: Tiger thinks his bogey putt is going to fall, but it lips out on the right and that's an opening double bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson makes a 15-footer for birdie on 18 to card a 2-under 70 and move to Saturday at even par for the tournament. Meanwhile, after an opening bogey, Sergio Garcia holes out on the par-4 second to move to 5 under and just one off the lead. Ahead on the fifth hole, Francesco Molinari picks up a birdie to tie for the lead at 6 under.

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Update #20: 8:37 a.m. EDT

Other players to grind their way into the weekend: Gary Woodland (69) and D.A. Points (69), with both getting to even for the tournament. Jason Day likely punched a ticket for the weekend with a birdie at 18 that saw him finish 36 holes at 2 over.

There are a handful of players that need to hang on for dear life, as they are flirting with the current cut number of 2 over: Phil Mickelson (1 over thru 15), Keegan Bradley (1 over thru 13) and Martin Kaymer (2 over thru 17).

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Update #19: 7:35 a.m. EDT

George Coetzee settles for a 3-under 69 on Friday to get into the clubhouse at 5 under, one shot back of overnight leader Rory McIlroy.

With 84 players currently at 2 over or better, it looks as though that will be the cut number for 2014. Currently, Phil Mickelson is safe at 1 over, and Bubba Watson birdies No. 13 to get to 2 over.

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Update #18: 6:16 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson duffs a chip from right of the green at No. 8 and then misses a 25-footer to save par, settling for a bogey and Lefty is 1 over for the championship.

Back on No. 7, Adam Scott drains a 40-foot par putt to remain at 3 under.

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Update #17: 6:06 a.m. EDT

And just like that, George Coetzee is tied for the lead at 6 under. The South African birdies No. 15 and now heads to the last three holes, two of which are par-5s.

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Update #16: 6:03 a.m. EDT

This has turned out to be a real happy birthday for George Coetzee, who picks up back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13-14 to move to 5 under on the tournament, just one back of Rory McIlroy.

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Update #15: 5:54 a.m. EDT

Adam Scott recovers from his two early bogeys with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 fifth hole to move back to 3 under on the tournament.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson misses a 5-footer for birdie on No. 7 and remains at even par.

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Update #14: 5:21 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson looks to be coming alive, as he makes a 10-footer for eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to jump to even par on the tournament and now inside the top 70.

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Update #13: 5:13 a.m. EDT

Adam Scott's iron play is a bit shaky to start, as the World No. 1 misses another green at No. 3 and it proves costly, as he fails to get up-and-down after missing an 8-footer to save par. Scott is now 2 under on the tournament.

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Update #12: 5:12 a.m. EDT

Celebrating his 28th birthday, George Coetzee birdies the par-5 10th to move to 3 under and is just three off the lead.

Bill Haas has also jumped up to 3 under with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5-6.

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Update #11: 5:02 a.m. EDT

Thongchai Jaidee is the day's biggest mover thus far, opening his round with a chip-in birdie and then picking up two more on Nos. 4-5 to move to 3 under for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Martin Kaymer two-putts for birdie on the par-5 fifth hole to move to 2 under for the tournament and 3 under on the second round.

Phil Mickelson rebounds from his bogey at No. 3 by nearly holing out for eagle on No. 4, settling on the lip and tapping in for par to get back to 2 over for the tournament.

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Update #10: 4:55 a.m. EDT

Adam Scott finds a greenside pot bunker on No. 2, does a good job of getting out and leaves himself 4 feet for par, but pushes the putt past on the right and drops back to 3 under for the tournament.

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Update #9: 4:47 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson hits a poor approach shot into the third green and then his chip from the greenside rough leaves him 15 feet to save par, which he misses to fall to 3 over for the tournament. He is now T-102, with the top 70 and ties making the cut.

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Update #8: 4:39 a.m. EDT

Adam Scott gets a fortunate bounce out of the long rough on No. 1, hits a nice approach to 15 feet, but cannot convert and settles for an opening par to stay at 4 under and two off the lead.

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Update #7: 4:17 a.m. EDT

After finding the deep rough off the tee, Bubba Watson hits a good shot into the first green to set up a 25-footer for birdie, which he drains to move to 3 over for the tournament.

Playing competitor Ernie Els misses a 10-footer for birdie, while Phil Mickelson gets up-and-down from behind the green for a par.

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Update #6: 4:10 a.m. EDT

2014 U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has quickly moved into red numbers after opening birdie-birdie to get to 1 under on the tournament. His approach shot at the par-4 second hole stopped less than 2 feet from the cup.

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Update #5: 3:27 a.m. EDT

You have to respect someone that will see it through to the end, even if nothing about his game is working.

Bryden MacPherson fired an 18-over 90 on Thursday to stand dead last in the field, and has subsequently opened his second round with bogeys on his first four holes, putting him in last by nine shots.

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Update #4: 3:09 a.m. EDT

As we sit about an hour away from Phil Mickelson's tee time, let's take a look inside Hoylake's numbers on Thursday to signal where players might struggle as higher winds and potential rain roll into Royal Liverpool:

• The toughest hole was the par-4, 480-yard seventh with a scoring average of 4.429, including 43 bogeys and 14 doubles (or worse);

• The easiest hole was the par-5, 532-yard 10th with a scoring average of 4.590 with three eagles and 70 birdies;

• The easiest par 4 on the course was the 372-yard fourth hole, with a scoring average of 3.936;

• The easiest par 3 on the course was the 197-yard ninth hole, with a scoring average of 2.994;

• The hardest par 3 was the 161-yard 15th hole, with a scoring average of 3.167;

• On the four par-5s at Hoylake, there were a combined 231 birdies and 13 eagles.

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Update #3: 2:57 a.m. EDT

Hiroshi Iwata is the only player currently on the course in red figures for the second round, as he is yet to record a simple par through five holes, opening with back-to-back bogeys, followed by three consecutive birdies.

Iwata has vaulted up to T-10 at 3 under for the tournament.

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Update #2: 2:33 a.m. EDT

Ivor Robson is simply one of a kind. And it took a handful of players at the Open Championship to prove that once and for all.

In an ESPN.com video posted on Friday morning, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood and more try to replicate Robson's unique first-tee announcing.

Let's just say, most need to stick to their day jobs.

Check out the video here.

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Update #1: 2:20 a.m. EDT

With play somewhat quiet at the moment, let's take a look at the battle for low-amateur status with the four amateurs in the field.

• Ashley Chesters is T-19 at 2 under after six birdies and four bogeys in the opening round;

• Cheng-Tsung Pan in T-82 at 2 over in a round that featured only two birdies;

• Paul Dunne is T-103 at 3 over after five bogeys and a pair of birdies;

• Bradley Neil is T-145 at 7 over after only one birdie on Thursday.

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Weather forecast

Morning rounds face a 50 percent chance of rain, according to accuweather.com, with that chance dropping to about a one-third chance in the afternoon. Highs should be in the upper 70s Fahrenheit and moderate winds are expected.

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Thursday's coverage

McIlroy leads Open Championship, but Friday lurks

Rory McIlroy was a machine on Thursday, posting six birdies in a bogey-free, 6-under 66 that saw him take the lead at Royal Liverpool. Can he avoid another Friday disaster and chase his third major title?

Tiger's so-called "rust" seems to have been knocked off

Rust? What rust? Tiger Woods didn’t look corroded in the least, after bogeys on the first two holes anyway. Rather he looked comfortable and dangerous in shooting 3-under 69 in the Open Championship first round Thursday.

Scott nearly keeps pace with Open leader McIlroy

In the first round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool, Adam Scott told himself, “we don’t want him running away,” as he shot 68 to keep close to leader Rory McIlroy.

Hoylake's "Big Three" struggle mightily in first round

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson took part in the angrier side of a long British Open Thursday at Hoylake, teeing off in mid-afternoon and experiencing more than their share of heartache.

Notes: Furyk fine after break; Rose's missing driver; more

Jim Furyk fared quite well after spending several weeks with family in Utah and Paris, while Justin Rose explains why he didn't get his hands on his driver until the third hole. That and more in senior writer Alex Miceli's notebook.

Molinaris' differing paths converge on Open leaderboard

Italy never has been known as a hotbed of golf, but brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are sitting near the top of the leaderboard in the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

Pan finds value of local caddie's Open knowledge

Cheng-Tsung Pan, 22, is one of four amateurs in the field at the 143rd Open Championship – but has an edge in a caddie who's been playing golf in Hoylake since age 4. When Pan makes use of it, that is.

Koepka overpowers Royal Liverpool's par 5s

Brooks Koepka displays incredible distance off the tee, and that proved to be key Thursday at the Open Championship as the Florida State product overpowered Royal Liverpool's par 5s en route to a 4-under 68.

Karlsson's game trending in right direction behind 69

It was only two years ago that Robert Karlsson withdrew on the eve of the Open Championship with the driver yips. Thursday, he shot a 3-under 69 at Royal Liverpool and finds himself firmly in contention.

From the couch: Dusek on Open Championship's first round

Our David Dusek is taking in ESPN's coverage of the Open Championship and will offer up commentary throughout the day.

Tracker: McIlroy takes early British Open lead

Tiger Woods, defending champion Phil Mickelson and World No. 1 Adam Scott must chase first-round leader Rory McIlroy at the 2014 British Open championship at Royal Liverpool. Recap the highlights right here.

Shot-by-shot: Tiger's Round 1 at British Open

Tiger Woods fired a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the Open Championship, currently sitting three shots off the lead. The round consisted of six birdies and three bogeys – including back-to-back bogeys to start the round.

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Wednesday's coverage

Forget bomber's heaven; Hoylake demands strategy

Eight years ago, Tiger Woods won at Hoylake by using driver only once. A similar strategy could work this week despite the course being a bit more green due to recent rain.

Rude: Now headlining at Hoylake, Stenson

Henrik Stenson, the dryly humorous Swede, would be a great player to have as a next-door neighbor, writes Jeff Rude – especially after his wit shined Wednesday at Hoylake.

Factory worker Singleton brings dream to life

John Singleton, the local factory worker, hopes he doesn’t have to turn up to work on Monday. Liverpool's own Singleton is bringing his dream to life this week at Open Championship.

Notes: Mickelson feeling 'better than I have in years'

Phil Mickelson said that despite poor results this season, he feels better than he has in years as he prepares to defend his Open Championship title. Also, Bubba Watson, in his pre-Hoylake schedule, included a round with his best friend, and Billy Hurley III got some much-needed rest before he takes on Royal Liverpool.

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Preview coverage

Tiger says goal is to win at Hoylake, but is that realistic?

With only 12 competitive rounds on the PGA Tour in 2014, Tiger Woods claiming that only finishing first is acceptable might be a bit of a stretch. But his competitors are seeing signs that his game is awfully close.

Scott leads expert picks for British Open

Adam Scott tops our senior writers' picks to win the 2014 British Open, with Jordan Spieth and Paul Casey also earning multiple mentions as contenders at Royal Liverpool. See who else is expected to contend.

Gambling has been prohibited at British since '11

Hard to believe, but gambling by players or caddies is prohibited at the Open Championship, and it has been for a while.

Cowan recalls Furyk's 'unbelievable' par at '06 Open

While the 2006 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool might be best remembered for Tiger Woods' dominating performance en route to his third Claret Jug, Jim Furyk's caddie, Mike Cowan recalls another special memory – Furyk's putt from a bunker that led to an up-and-down par.

Mickelson gives back Claret Jug, keeps memories

Phil Mickelson, who concedes he used to wonder “if I ever was going to come through and play well in links golf and win an Open,” is proceeding with a profound confidence this week.

A closer look: Woods' British Open results

Tiger Woods will make his 18th Open Championship appearance when he tees it up this week at Royal Liverpool. Here's a look at Woods' Open performances by year, including his three wins.

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