British Open: What you missed overnight, Spieth surging in Round 2

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British Open: What you missed overnight, Spieth surging in Round 2

2019 British Open

British Open: What you missed overnight, Spieth surging in Round 2

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – If you’re just waking up on the East Coast, here’s what you’ve missed.

With a hot putter, Jordan Spieth made a big early move on the yellow leader boards with a run of birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie to get to 6 under through eight holes on a dry Friday morning with mild wind. The 25-year-old Texan was briefly tied for the lead at 6 under par with J.B. Holmes before Holmes birdied the 5th. Holmes shot a 66 Thursday to hold a one-shot lead over Shane Lowry.

Tommy Fleetwood made his move with five birdies before dropping a shot on the 16th. Fleetwood made a big putt for birdie on the 18th to finish with a 4-under 67. He was tied for the clubhouse lead at 7 under par after 36 holes.

Spieth hasn’t won since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He cooled off on the back nine and finished with a 67. Spieth is 5 under after 36 holes.

•Tiger Woods, who looked worn down and lethargic in a disappointing 78 on Thursday, got off to a great start Friday morning with a birdie on No. 1. Back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 got him to +4 (the cut line is projected at +1).

Woods, 43, admitted he wasn’t feeling his best Thursday when he finished his round in the early evening local time.

“I’m just not moving as well as I’d like. And unfortunately, you’ve got to be able to move, and especially under these conditions, shape the golf ball. And I didn’t do it. I didn’t shape the golf ball at all. Everything was left-to-right.”

Tiger’s playing with Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace, who noted “I got to play with my hero today,” on Thursday.

•Fleetwood is wearing the God-awful Nike “toile” shirt that appears to be inspired by golfers playing in sand dunes. It’s the black version of the same shirt Jason Day wore Thursday.

Tommy Fleetwood reacts on the 4th hole during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Ugly shirt aside, Fleetwood had a bogey-free 3-under 68 on Thursday. “I made it very stress-free,” he said. “It wasn’t like I was grinding out and getting loads up-and-downs.”

•Brooks Koepka shot a solid 69 to move to 5 under after 36 holes as he stays in contention for a fifth major championship.

•Adam Hadwin had the second eagle of the morning, holing his shot from the fairway on the par-4 8th.

•Tom Lehman, the 1996 Open champion, finished what might be his final appearance in this major with a 76.

•South African Erik van Rooyen, who played his college golf at Minnesota, shot a bogey-free 68 to get to 4 under after 36 holes. In his British Open debut last year, he finished T-17.

•Cameron Smith, the 25-year-old from Australia, has five birdies in his round to get to 6 under overall.

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