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Live Reporting

Ben Dirs, Andy Cryer and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Birkenhead amateur John Singleton birdies the last for a sparkling round of 70. He misses the cut by two shots but what a week it's been for the factory worker, who may never experience the like again. His playing partner, Scotland's Marc Warren, will be back on Saturday after an even more impressive 68 left him five under, seven shots off the lead and in a tie for ninth. Warren's former swing coach? The sadly departed Bob Torrance. Night.

    Leaders: -12 Rory McIlroy; -8 Dustion Johnson; -6 Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Rickie Fowler.

  2. Post update

    We have a two-tee start on Saturday, because of the expected bad weather - first tees are 0900 BST, BBC coverage starts at 1000. Sir Nick Faldo is in with a 77 for +9 overall, he'll presumably be in a commentary box for the rest of the weekend.

  3. Get involved


    Here are some more favourites from BBC Sport's Ken Brown after his Q&A session on Twitter earlier today.

    Daniel Trotter: Clearly the wind has picked up, who do you think is the best wind player in the field this year?

    KB: I'd say Sergio Garcia - he's a wonderful ball striker in the wind.

    Jamie Kellett: Who decides where the pin is each day and When do the players find out where it is?

    KB: They can find out from 5am on the day's play, when they're released by the R&A.

    Jess CB: Have you ever played a shot out of a tree a la Bernhard Langer's effort at Fulford in 1981?

    KB: No, although I have chipped of gorse bushes and all sorts of other stupid spots.

  4. Get involved


    Ken Brown

    So at 12:45 BST, BBC Sport's Ken Brown answered your golfing questions on the BBC Sport Twitter page when you used #kenonthecourse

    Here's a selection of the favourites:

    Eoin Cooper Marsh: Who would bring home the bacon amongst the BBC team in a match these days?

    KB: It certainly wouldn't be me. I think it would be Mark James.

    LinksRobbie: What course not on the open rota would you like to see added?

    KB: I'd like to see Royal Dornoch added, and Harpenden Common Golf Club.

  5. Post update

    Weather-wise, it's looking rotten - at least for the early starters on Saturday. Thundery showers are expected, with torrential downpours and hail also likely. Luckily for the leaders, it's expected to dry out later on - Rory McIlroy bombing into damp greens could be a sight to behold.

  6. Watch McIlroy's best shots

    Watch Rory McIlroy's top five shots as the Northern Irishman continued his solid form on the second day of the 2014 Open Championship

    Rory McIlroy carded a second successive round of 66 to secure a commanding four-shot lead on 12 under heading into the weekend.

    Watch his top five shots by clicking here.

  7. Post update

    Sad news about super-coach Bob Torrance, who died today. Bob coached his son Sam and many, many others, including two-time Open champion Padraig Harrington, former world number one Ian Woosnam, the great Seve Ballesteros, Sir Sean Connery and many ordinary Sunday hackers.

  8. Shot of the day

    Sergio Garcia

    Sergio Garcia holes out with a stunning approach shot on hole two of his second round at the Open Championship at Hoylake.

    After a round of 68 on Thursday, an early eagle on the par-four second was the perfect start for the Spaniard still hunting his first major title.

    Watch it by clicking on this link.

  9. Post update

    Good to see local hero John Singleton enjoying himself today - the resin factory worker came through regional qualifying in Cheshire and is one under for the day through 16, after a 78 on Thursday.

  10. McIlroy leads the Open by four on 12 under

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "The late starters yesterday and early starters today were burned by the draw but there's nothing you can do.

    "Rory McIlroy's play is phenomenal. He not only drives it further than most, it's straighter too. He's chipping well, putting well and using his head.

    "He probably was a little bit anxious. When you hit a bogey at the first and misjudge it quite badly. He got up and down at the third and then when he birdied the fifth he settled down and saw that there were birdies in him.

    "He was purring along on the back nine and it was just a case of how many birdies he was going to make coming in."

  11. Rory McIlroy banishes curse of 'Freaky Friday' and a pheasant first

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Rory McIlroy spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live after a second consecutive six-under-par 66 to lead the Open by four shots from American Dustin Johnson.

    On the curse of 'Freaky Friday': "I think you guys were making a bigger deal out of it than I was. But, yeah, I played really well. Overall, another, really, really good day."

    On waiting at the eighth green until a pheasant allowed him to putt: "There's a first time for everything. I'm sure there have been some swans or geese or something but never a pheasant."

    On feeling in prime form, physically and mentally: "It's good. I've been lucky enough to have this feeling at majors before and hopefully I'll be able to do it again.

    "It gives me a lot of confidence, I haven't been in this position before in an Open championship though I feel really in control of my golf game."

  12. Post update

    It's a 68 for 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen, he's six under and six behind leader McIlroy. Graeme McDowell cards a 69 for level.

  13. Leader McIlroy enjoys Open challenge

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy speaking to BBC Sport after a second successive round of 66 helped him take a four-shot lead on 12 under: "Watching the coverage this morning it looked tough, they were struggling for birdies and to make ground. I just wanted to stick to my gameplan. I had a shaky start with a bogey at the start but settled in and just played really well.

    "Bogeying the first, I think I had 85 yards to the pin for my second shot, it wasn't the best start but I knew I was playing well and was just telling myself to stick to my gameplan and do what I can do.

    "Depending on what weather we get, I'm looking forward to it. I've been in this position before and enjoyed it and I'll try to enjoy it again. My self belief knowing I've been here before that will stand me in good stead over the weekend."

  14. Post update

    Dubuisson makes birdie number six at 16 and moves into a tie for 14th on three under par. Three-time champion Sir Nick Faldo is eight over through 16, only one birdie in two days for the old master.

  15. Catch the birdie

    Rory McIlroy

    Did you miss the pheasant interrupting Open leader Rory McIlroy's putt on the eighth hole? Well, it's been clipped up and you can watch it here on the BBC Sport website.

  16. Post update

    Not many Frenchmen out there today but Victor Dubuisson is going well, four under through 16 and two under for the week. Stephen Gallacher drops in a long par putt on 17 to stay two under, McDowell finds the sand with his second at 18. Oosthuizen joins him.

  17. Molinari 'proud' of back nine fightback

    Francesco Molinari

    Francesco Molinari speaking to BBC Sport after shooting a round of 70 that leaves him six under par with a share of third place going into the weekend:

    "It was very tough but I'm very proud the way I fought back on the back nine," said the Italian. "It's great to see how I recovered, played some really good golf on the back nine and I'm happy with what I did.

    "I usually keep an eye on the leaderboard but it's still tough conditions out there. You need to be 100% focused on what you're doing.

    "It's nice to be up there with my brother Edoardo. Matteo didn't have a great day today but he can still recover and it's great to see for my brother and for Italian golf in general."

  18. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -5: Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Jim Furyk (US), George Coetzee (SA), -4: Robert Karlsson (Swe), Hideki Matsuyama (Jap), Jmimy Walker (US), Marc Warren (Sco); -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), (SA);-2: Justin Rose (Eng), Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Matteo Manassero (Ita)

    -1: Shane Lowry (Ire); Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Darren Clarke (NI); +1: Henrik Stenson (Swe); +2 Tiger Woods (US), Luke Donald (Eng); +3 Ian Poulter (Eng)

    Projected cut: +2

    Set to miss cut: Lee Westwood (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Ernie Els (SA)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  19. Fly on the wall (mic) coverage

    We do our best to bring you up close and personal coverage and some of you are loving the constant buzzing noise today as it appears a bee, wasp or fly has set up camp next to one of the microphones.

    Jamie Morrall on Twitter: ‏Seriously, how loveable is the BBC Open 'Fly'? Bring him back for the weekend. What a character.

    James Blake: Is there a fly in the commentary box at 18?

    Ok, not all of you.

    Jane Wood: Send someone to @Morrisons for fly spray!!

    Chris Donnell: They need to kill the fly that's near the microphone on the golf coverage! Annoying!

    Still, it makes you want to fetch the picnic basket, graze in some hay and soak up the rays doesn't it? Make the most of it, tomorrow the weather doesn't look so appealing.

  20. Dustin Johnson cards 65 for -8, four behind McIlroy

    Marc Warren with a slip-slider down the hill on 15 and that's a neat effort, he'll remain four under. Poulter makes birdie at the last to move to +3, but it doesn't look like it will be enough for a weekend spot. Jimmy Walker in with a 71, including five birdies on the back nine, and he's four under. Dustin finishes with birdie for a 65 and eight over for the week - not a single bogey on his card and he heads into the weekend four behind leader McIlroy.

  21. Post update

    Marc Warren rolls in a birdie on 14 and the Scot moves to -4, eight off the lead. Another birdie for Matt Kuchar at 16, he moves back into the red. Alas, Ian Poulter made bogey on 17, found a bunker on 18 and looks set to miss the weekend.

  22. Tiger hopes to echo Paul Lawrie magic at 1999 Open

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods after a 77 left him two over par, way behind leader Rory McIlroy, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I got off to a terrible start again. I had some opportunities but I never made anything. I had myself in good position to make birdies but I never did.

    "Hopefully I can do something like Paul did in 1999, make up 10 in one day."

    Paul Lawrie clinched the title at Carnoustie when he came from 10 shots behind.

  23. Vote result

    St Andrews

    Earlier we asked you which is the best venue for The Open.

    Unsurprisingly, 51.5% of you chose the Home of Golf, St Andrews, while Carnoustie came second with 10.2% of the votes. 8.2% said other - perhaps fans of Sandwich and Royal Lytham...

  24. Post update

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent at Hoylake

    Not to diminish his (Rory McIlroy's) performance but the draw has fallen his way. He will have a soft golf course to play on tomorrow just as the rain stops falling. It's made for him.

    These performances echo what Martin Kaymer did at Pinehurst. So it's definitely within McIlroy's compass to run away from this position.

    Martin Kaymer took a six-shot lead into the weekend at last month's US Open and coasted to victory by eight strokes.

  25. McIlroy cards a second 66 for -12, leads by five

    McIlroy with his six-footer at the last... in it goes - the Northern Irishman is 12 under after two rounds of 66 and leads Dustin Johnson, in second, by five.

    Leaders: -12 - Rory McIlroy; -7 - Dustin Johnson; -6 - Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Rickie Fowler.

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  26. Post update

    Matsuyama floating one in from just off the green, could be another shot gone for the young Japanese player... misses from 12 feet, that's a six, a round of 74 and -1 for the tournament. Spieth misses his birdie attempt and that's a 75 for +2, he'll be here this weekend. Just.

  27. Post update

    McIlroy is playing his third from the middle of the 18th fairway, should get this close and get up and down... clipped it, looks like it's going to race by but puts on the breaks and finishes six or seven feet from the pin.

  28. Post update

    Jay Townsend

    Former European Tour golfer on BBC Radio 5 live

    So is it Rory McIlroy's to lose already?

    "It's way too early for that. But you know what, people count their eggs before they hatch. I was called contrary yesterday, but I think I was right.

    "He looks like he's in control, he has a timing swing and when his timing is good, when he's in sync, even if everybody else plays to the best of their ability he wins by five or six."

  29. Post update

    Rory McIlroy clips out of the rough and, from the middle of the fairway, has a great shout at a final birdie of the day. Seconds later Dustin Johnson finishes off from a couple of feet at 17 to move to seven under.

  30. Schwartzel moves to -6

    South African Charl Schwartzel finishes with three straight birdies to make a 67 that sees him join the bunch with a share of second, five shots behind Rory McIlroy.

  31. Post update

    Dustin Johnson

    Dustin Johnson (-6) looks set to continue his charge, pitching to within a few feet on 17 as he looks for a sixth birdie of his bogey-free day.

  32. McIlroy on the 18th

    Leaders: -11 - Rory McIlroy; -6 - Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler

    One more hole for McIlroy and here he is chucking the kitchen sink at another one on 18... dragged it left, playing out of some cabbage...

  33. McIlroy birdies 17, moves to -11 and leads by four

    Scotland's Marc Warren moves to three under par with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12. Matsuyama leaves himself with too much work to do at 17 and he drops back to -2. Jimmy Walker is four under after a birdie at 16. He was six off the lead, he's not seven, McIlroy squeezed in that birdie putt on 17...

    Rory McIlroy
  34. Post update

    McIlroy with his second at 17, he has a mere wedge in and he caresses it to within 10 feet. Johnson for birdie at 16... leaves it right from six or seven feet and stays -6. Poulter moves to +3 with a birdie on 16, he could do with another one to make sure.

    Leaders: Rory McIlroy -10; Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler -6

  35. Woods birdies 18th to make cut

    Stenson will be hear this weekend, he makes birdie at the last for a 73 and +1 overall. Here's Woods with an eight-footer... nails it! He's here for the weekend, just inside the cut line. But it's a round of 77 and his game is very far from where it once was. Cabrera is also around for the weekend after a smart round of 69, and let's just say he looks far more excited about the prospect than Tiger does.

  36. Vital putt for Woods

    Woods, who faces a tricky chip over a bunker, has never missed two cuts in a row as a pro and he's got a nasty one coming back for birdie. Massive. Schwartzel makes birdie on 17 to get back to -5 and into a tie for eighth.

  37. Post update

    McIlroy makes that saver on 16 and that was a handy bit of scrambling from the leader. Woods looks to be toast - his approach at 18 misses to the right and the look on his face says it all: "Where on earth name did my game go?"

    Tiger Woods

    McIlroy with the big furniture on 17 and he ding-dongs one down there, that's absolutely gigantic, he's got about 50 yards left. "I want what he's having," says Peter Alliss. I'll gladly take the crumbs from the table...

  38. Post update

    The bearded Casey for eagle on 18 - uphill, leaves it just left, but will pop in for a round of 71, one over and a weekend spot. Matsuyama for birdie at 16 and his long-range effort curls a little too soon. Jordan Spieth misses his birdie attempt at 16 and stays +2.

  39. Will Woods makes the cut?

    Woods safely away down the 18th, gives himself a chance. Ian Poulter bogeys 15 and is four over, in serious danger of falling through the trap door. McIlroy's fourth from the green-side bunker at 16... pleasant, leaves himself about five feet.

  40. Post update

    Matt Kuchar of the United States has birdied 10 and 13 and is back to level after 14. Oosthuizen on tee at 15, after a handy effort by McDowell. Dustin Johnson has smoked his tee shot at 16, he could reach the green from there and give himself a chance of an eagle.

  41. Woods makes triple at 17, currently missing cut

    Graeme McDowell is making himself safe, another birdie on 14 gets him to level. Not looking good for Ian Poulter, he's three over after 14 and needs something over the last few holes.

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger for double-bogey from about 30 feet on 17... leaves it left, moves out to +3, which means he's currently missing the cut.

    McIlroy can only plonk out of that pot bunker on 16, he's going with five wood with his third... he has hit the cover off that, only to find the bunker front-left...

  42. Garcia and Fowler finish six under, tied for second

    Oosthuizen let a shot go at 13 to drop back to -5. McIlroy on tee at 16, he's going with the big dog... and found a pot bunker. Donald needs this birdie putt at the last and makes it - pump of the fist, a round of 73, +2 overall, should be enough to make the cut. Garcia bends in a birdie at the last for a round of 70 and a share of second on six under, alongside Fowler, who missed a makeable birdie putt for another 69.

  43. Leader McIlroy birdies 15, moves to -10

    Woods was out of bounds right off the tee at 17 and his second effort has gone straight left. It's quite sad to see. Dustin remains -6 after a par at 14, I believe, McIlroy has moved into double figures after a birdie on 15 - four ahead of the pack now.

    Leaders: Rory McIlroy -10; Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler -6

  44. Get involved


    Austin Gayer on Twitter: That bee is going to get the sound man soon.....

    Indeed Austin, there's been quite a buzz around Hoylake all day and it's been the hottest day of the year in England.

    South African Louis Oosthuizen is another name not going away, the 2010 champion well in contention at five under and still out on the course.

    Mark Marlow: Never count out Oosthuizen, a proven Open champion.

  45. Furyk cards 71 for -5 and tied for sixth

    If McIlroy's performance today has been a laser show, Woods looks like the barrel of his gun is bent - another errant drive at 17. Par for Furyk at the last for a round of 71 and five under, four off the lead. Clarke made birdie for another 72 and level overall. Matsuyama playing backwards out of that bunker at 15...

  46. Moore embraces Open challenge

    Ryan Moore

    American Ryan Moore, speaking to BBC Sport after shooting a 68 that gave him a score of six under and a share of second place heading into the weekend:

    "I had missed a short putt on seven and sometimes it can derail you or make you lose focus. I was able to make three birdies in a row after missing a short par putt and got rolling from there and made some birdies.

    "There was a little more wind today and avoiding bunkers was much more difficult. If you do that you're coming out sideways, it's a one-shot penalty, and I was able to have some nice shots into the greens and was able to convert them.

    "I enjoy links golf. It's a lot of fun. I love coming over to embrace the challenge and the last couple of times I've played some solid golf and I hope to keep it going over the weekend this time."

  47. Post update

    McIlroy on the 153-yard 15th and he's going to have a rip with an eight iron. Cuts it in and stiffs it to within six feet. It's a laser show at the moment. Matsuyama with this slow, lolloping swing of his and that looks plugged.

    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson's long-range birdie effort at 18 comes up a couple of revolutions short - shame, but he'll be here this weekend after two 73s.

  48. Furyk makes bogey at 17, drops to -5

    Another birdie putt for Woods on 16 but nothing has dropped for him today, this one leaks right at the last. McIlroy with an iffy putt for par on 14 but he makes it disappear to retain his three-shot lead. Will anyone manage to break out of the pack and reel McIlroy in? it won't be Jim Furyk, who's dropped a shot at 17 to fall back to -5.

  49. Post update

    Paul Casey, English golf's almost forgotten man, gives himself a chance of a weekend spot with a birdie at 16 - he's two under. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is battling manfully, birdies at 10 and 11 got him back to +1 and he's made two pars since.

  50. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -4: Robert Karlsson (Swe), Hideki Matsuyama (Jap); -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Charl Schwartzel (SA);-2: Justin Rose (Eng), Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Matteo Manassero (Ita)

    -1: Shane Lowry (Ire); Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Tiger Woods (US); +1: Darren Clarke (NI); +2 Henrik Stenson (Swe); +3 Luke Donald (Eng), Ian Poulter (Eng)

    Projected cut: +2

    Set to miss cut: Lee Westwood (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Ernie Els (SA)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  51. Post update

    McIlroy gets a flyer out of the rough and will have a tricky one coming back across the 14th green. Garcia with an eight-footer for birdie at 17... misses just right, stays five under. News of Old Tom Watson - the five-time champion is two over heading down the 18th and a par should see him around for the weekend.

    Leaders: Rory McIlroy -9; Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen and Rickie Fowler -6.

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  52. Get involved


    A lot of love for the men at the top of the leaderboard though no-one's any closer to knowing the Sunday champion. Here are some views on Twitter:

    Camin McCluskey: Reason for Rory's turnaround? Clearly three days practice at Royal County Down.

    James Conlon: Hoylake really seems to be suiting the best ball strikers with Rory, DJ, Sergio and Molinari all going well.

    John McEnerney: Said all day that Furyk would do all right. His putting let him down for a time but he's got it going again here! Love the swing!

  53. Fowler birdies 17, moves to -6 and tied for second

    Schwartzel goes tumbling down the leaderboard after a double on 14, he's down to -3. McIlroy surveys the scene at 14, he's got 164 yards to the pin, over some gorse bushes. Fowler with back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17, he's in that group on six under, three behind McIlroy.

  54. Oosthuizen birdies 12, moves to -6 and tied for second

    Oosthuizen makes it a five-way tie for second on six under with a long-range birdie on 12. Birdies at 12 and 13 for Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, and he's three under. Shot back for Stenson on 15, he gets back to -2. Magnificent bump and run from Garcia at 17, chance for a birdie.

  55. Post update

    Ryan Moore

    Ryan Moore is tied for second place on six under par after a round of 68.

  56. Post update

    Rickie Fowler

    Fowler with an iffy drive at 17, not so Garcia, who marmalises one down there. Furyk has got this three-footer to stay six under after 17 and he pops it in. David Howell has put a couple of decent rounds together, a 70 today for two under. Manassero in with a 75, he's also two under.

  57. Fowler birdies 16, moves to -5

    Garcia stays five under after a par at 16, Fowler drains a short birdie putt to move to -5. Dustin Johnson is a club too big off the tee at 13, here's Tiger with a birdie putt on 15, from about 20 feet... hasn't hit it, stays level. It's all gone wrong for Stenson down the back nine, bogeys at 11, 12, 13 and 14, three over, might not be here this weekend.

  58. F Molinari cards 70 for -6 - tied for second

    Francesco Molinari with a nine-footer for par at the last and he drains it for a 70 and six under overall. Things got rocky around the turn but he did well to recover his poise down the stretch.

    Darren Clarke

    Darren Clarke was making very serene progress down the front but it's gone rather sour over the last hour or so - bogeys at 12, 15 and 16, he's back to +1. Still looking for Schwartzel's ball, now he knows how we feel...

  59. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "Wandering along in the company of David Leadbetter, Nick Faldo's old coach, who is following Tiger Woods for BBC Radio 5 live. 'Lead' tells me the Woods swing seems OK when he is hitting within himself, from seven iron up or when he is just playing an iron off the tee, but says its when he takes a thrash that things go wrong. And not just because of his back.

    "'People have been saying for years he should adopt Sam Snead's mantra and swing at 85%. It's not like at home or playing with your mates, this is different, this is a major, there is pressure.' One word to describe him? 'Scrappy, rusty,' says Leadbetter. That's two, but he knows about golf swings."

  60. Post update

    Three South Africans four off the lead - Coetzee, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen - as McIlroy makes a solid par on 12 to stay nine under. Did I mention Schwartzel was going well? He's lost his ball off the tee at 14, where he made bogey yesterday.

  61. 'Horrendous wait' for amateur Chesters

    Ashley Chesters

    English amateur Ashley Chesters speaking to BBC Sport after finishing three over par for his two rounds and now facing a wait to see if he makes the cut.

    He said: "I got about as much out of it as I could. The front nine wasn't good at all. It was windy and I was getting it by the green and not getting it up and down. I did miss quite a lot of putts.

    "I was more laidback today. Even on the first tee I was nowhere near as nervous as yesterday. I just couldn't hole the putts.

    "I've just got to wait and see what happens. The wind has died down. It will be close, hopefully I'll do it. I won't watch, it's horrendous watching because one minute you think you're in and the next you're out, so I'll just wait until the end to see."

  62. Furyk birdies 16, moves to -6; D Johnson birdies 11, moves to -6

    Here's Francesco, whipping an iron into the 18th - bunker. Furyk pours in a long-ranger for birdie on 16, grabs a share of second. Dustin Johnson has birdied 10 and 11 and is also in that four-way tie on six under. Snick Faldo is out in 37, he's +6 and unlikely to be here this weekend. Ryan Moore stiffs one to within a foot at 18 and will pop that in for 68 and six under overall - three behind our leader McIlroy.

  63. Post update

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "I reckon Tiger's been in long grass of some description eight times today. His game looks rusty."

    The American is three over for the day, level par in total, nine shots behind Rory McIlroy.

  64. Post update

    Thomas Bjorn is going nowhere, the Dane has birdied 16 and is three under. Matsuyama blows a shot at 12, drops to -4. Not looking too clever for two-time winner Padraig Harrington, the Irishman is five over after 12 and two above the projected cut.

  65. Oosthuizen birdies 10, moves to -5

    Many thanks Luke, this is Ben Dirs to take you through to the close of play. I join you as Garcia is putting for birdie on 15... left-to-righter, doesn't hit it. Fowler is slightly closer but he leaves his effort right of the cup. Two Scots at two under, Stephen Gallacher, after nine, and Marc Warren, after six. McIlroy shaves the hole with his birdie putt at 11, stays nine under. Birdie for former champion Oosthuizen on 10, he moves to four off the lead.

  66. Donald battling

    Luke Donald always threatens to excite us. His tee shot on 15 is delicious. Straight over the pin and within eight feet. All of this off the back of a monster bogey putt on 14. It's a shame he is two over. All feels a bit futile. The cut threatens.

  67. Post update

    Edoardo Molinari

    Edoardo Molinari speaking to BBC Sport after carding a round of 73 to leave him three under par going into the weekend: "I had a few issues with my left hand arm and wrist over the last couple of years but it's going nicely now and hopefully I can keep going.

    "I'm happy [brother Francesco] is playing well and hopefully we can both have two more good rounds and finish high on the leaderboard."

  68. Chesters made to sweat

    Ashley Chesters cannot make his final putt on 18 and will have a nervous wait to see if he stays for the weekend. The amateur is three over and could well make the cut.

    He deserves some credit. Six bogeys on the front nine sullied his card today but he dug deep and who knows? I wouldn't check out of the hotel just yet Ashley.

  69. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -4: Louis Oosthuizen (SA),Robert Karlsson (Swe), Ryan Moore US); -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (SA), Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Edoardo Molinari (Ita) -2: Justin Rose (Eng)

    -1: Shane Lowry (Ire), Matteo Manassero (Ita); Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Tiger Woods (US), Darren Clarke (NI); +1: Luke Donald (Eng), Henrik Stenson (Swe); +2 Ian Poulter (Eng)

    Projected cut: +2

    Set to miss cut: Lee Westwood (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Ernie Els (SA)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  70. Koepka's decline

    A mention to Brooks Koepka for a clinical collapse. The American was five under through six holes today and ends plus one.

    Six bogeys and a triple from that point. Heartbreaking.

  71. Amateur's pressure moment

    English amateur Ashley Chesters faces a pressure putt. The 24-year-old has a birdie opportunity on 18 and on three over, currently needs to sink it to make the cut.

    It is a long one and even though the cut mark may move higher than plus two, huge applause from the galleries and undoubted relief awaits if he can summon a big one here.

  72. On the charge

    Chalr Schwartzel
  73. Sergio in the bushes

    What is going on Sergio Garcia? He is putting waterproofs on to protect himself from brambles as he clips his ball out from a gorse. It's a nice touch but he will have work to do to make par on 14. Rickie Fowler, silent in the last hour or so plays a beauty into the heart of the green and will have 15 feet for birdie and five under.

  74. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "Bet you after his round Tiger Woods says the wind was 'dancing all over the place'. The American seems to be having a hard time getting a handle on it, throwing up so much grass Royal Liverpool could retire one of their mowers. That's not the only problem. More than once around the turn he's taken himself off to the side for a quiet word after another errant shot. 'Grinding' is another word he'll use a lot later."

    Tiger Woods
  75. Happy debut

    American Chris Kirk tweets: Happy to have survived the bad end of the draw in my first British. Hopefully a few more putts will drop for me this weekend.

    Kirk is one over par going into day three.

  76. Molinari for birdie

    Francesco Molinari with a birdie putt on 16 to move within two of the's long, breaks right to left, well

    Just off line from the Italian. Two under for the day, he should be in second place on his own shortly because Sergio Garcia has hooked his tee shot clinically into the bushes on 14.

  77. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captainand BBC Sport analyst

    "Rory McIlroy's front nine contained the perfect transformation. He started off looking tight and uneasy and maybe thinking about his 'Freaky Friday's'. He made really quite poor mistakes with his clubbing on holes one and three, but a birdie on five and then that brilliant shot on the sixth and you just knew then he was going to play well. Looking at him now I feel like he is going to make a few more birdies and finish on 10, 11 or 12 under.

    "As for the pheasant - that was fowl play."

  78. Post update

    Fat lady singing? Rory McIlroy is three shots clear of Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia. A simple tap in seals the lead.

  79. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "Thought tic-tac was just for the bookies at the racing? Well, golf has its own version of the hand signals. Spotters use their own code to tell the on-course commentators what club the players are using. Tony 'The Colonel' Workman has worked at 15 Opens for the BBC and talked me through how it works.

    "After a word with the caddie or a peak in the bag, the number of fingers raised corresponds to the number of iron up to four. An outstretched hand pointing down is five, one finger down is six, two fingers down seven and so on up to nine. A clenched fist down is wedge and a scribbly line drawn in the air is a sand wedge. So now you're fluent in Iron."

  80. Tiger's challenge over?

    Tiger Woods

    The comeback has spluttered. Tiger Woods rolls in for par on 11 and remains three over for the day, level overall. Not what yesterday's headlines hyped up.

    His race is surely run, as McIlroy plays the 10th erratically but effectively. Tee shot to rough, second shot to thicker rough, third shot to within two feet. Birdie time. They all count.

    McIlroy will move to nine under.

  81. Primed to pounce

    Who is lurking in the pack? Charl Schwartzel, a Masters champion no less, is now four under after back-to-back birdies.

    Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore are among the masses on the same mark. Is someone ready to make a move?

  82. Post update

    Rory McIlroy encounters a pheasant on the eighth green

    Leader Rory McIlroy is delayed by a passing pheasant on the eighth green, but having seen off one birdie, the tournament favourite poured in another to open up a two-shot lead. Lovely stuff...

  83. Get involved

    #bbcgolf or text on 81111

    Thank you for your tweets and texts in response to the text from Hugo (16:00) about the merits of veteran former champions playing at the Open. Plenty of opinions back so without further ado...

    Jonathan Collier on Twitter: Completely agree that Sandy Lyle and Co should not be playing this week. Simple rule should be: PGA Tour Card? Here's your invite.

    Robert McAllen on Twitter: Hugo - Sandy has earned the right to be at these things and people want to see the greats even if they don't win.

    Well there you have it, we're no closer to a verdict. Keep the opinions flowing in then via #bbcgolf on Twitter, 81111 on text or via the BBC Sport pages on Facebook and Google +.

  84. McIlroy to tear up 10?

    A chance for Rory McIlroy to turn the screw here. The 10th hole - the easiest hole - is a massive birdie opportunity. What would he have given for a three-shot lead after 10?

    He can earn the cushion, but his tee-shot is not ideal. Into the rough down the left.

    On the par-four 12th, Sergio Garcia bumps a fairway wood from the fringe of the green. It is inventive and effective. Leaves around eight feet for par.

  85. Post update

    American Billy Horschel tweets: "The difference between early/late and late/early times this week at the Open is about four to five shots. Way the draw goes sometimes!"

    Players in the early group on Thursday and late tee-times today have had to deal with a lighter breeze.

  86. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -4: Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Dustin Johnson (US), Edoardo Molinari (Ita),Robert Karlsson (Swe), Ryan Moore US) Hideki Matsuyama (Jap); -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (SA), Matteo Manassero (Ita) -2: Justin Rose (Eng)

    -1: Shane Lowry (Ire), Darren Clarke (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe); Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Tiger Woods (US), Ian Poulter (Eng); +1: Luke Donald (Eng)

    Projected cut: +2

    Set to miss cut: Lee Westwood (Eng), Bubba Watson (US), Ernie Els (SA)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  87. Cabrera fightback continues

    Angel Cabrera

    Angel Cabrera rarely offers up the straightforward and his eagle on 10 is the latest high point.

    The Argentine started the day four over par but is back to just plus one. His putt from off the green needs the pin to stop it. It does and the ball is below ground level, nestled in the cup.

    What next? Your guess is as good as mine.

  88. The McIlroy show

    A high draw from right to left, the flag no longer blowing in the wind, Rory McIlroy lands his tee shot in the heart of the ninth green. He looks unerringly good.

    The rest have got to find something as he looks like a birdie machine.

  89. More former champions

    ... another two-time winner, Ireland's Padraig Harrington, is +5 through seven; Justin Leonard, winner in 1997, is +5 through 13; Ben Curtis, the shock winner in 2003, is +4 through 13; the legend that is Tom Watson is three over after 10; Stewart Cink, who pipped Watson in 2009, is three over after 11; Tiger Woods is level after nine; defending champion Phil Mickelson is level after a 70; Darren Clarke, winner in 2011, is two under through 10, I think that's it...

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  90. Former champions

    John Daly

    What news of the former Open champions? Well, John Daly, winner in 1995, is in with a very respectable 71 for +4 overall, which is one below the projected cut of +3; Sandy Lyle, winner in 1985, is +22 after an 84; another Scot, 1999 winner Paul Lawrie, is +9 through 13; David Duval, 2001 champion, is in with a 79 for +8; two-time champion Ernie Els carded a 73 for +8; 2004 winner Todd Hamilton is +5 through four, as is the great Nick Faldo...

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores

  91. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "The wind is dying down a bit and the scoring is picking up. If that continues then the players in this half of the draw have had a massive advantage."

  92. Birdie and eight under

    This feels big...birdie for Rory McIlroy. A dribbled putt never deviates and the fact he had to wait until a rather excitable pheasant vacated the green makes it all the more impressive.

    The big bird drew laughs, the birdie a smile from McIlroy.

  93. McIlroy can make another birdie..

    Dare I say it, Rory McIlroy looks in complete control. After that bogey on one which had us all thinking a day-two collapse may follow, he has been flawless.

    Par on the seventh is worth a celebration in anyone's book and he now sets up birdie on eight. Things almost look too good...

  94. Watson needs a 'miracle' to make cut

    Bubba Watson

    American Bubba Watson believes he needs a "miracle" to make the cut after his even par round of 72 left him at four over and two shots adrift of the projected cut.

    He said: "I can't wait to get back to see my wife and child. If I make the cut, if somehow a miracle happens, I'll be ready to go tomorrow and be pumped up about it.

    "But I don't let stuff linger, I'm not that kind of a person. I've got more issues to worry about than missed putts."

  95. Triple for Koepka

    Ouch. Brooks Koepka will carry the marks of that one for a while. A triple-bogey six on the 15th hole is calamitous for his card and he falls back to one under. The next one is a par five, got to make one back.

    Francesco Molinari oozes a long putt home for his fifth birdie of the day and he follows up with a solid iron into the 14th green. Top stuff Francesco.

  96. Chip in for Moore

    "That was going like a train," says former European Ryder Cup captain Mark James of Ryan Moore's pitch on to the 13th green.

    It was, but it didn't matter. With a shake of the pin it drops and that is an unexpected birdie for Moore. His fourth in six holes no less.

    He is four under, Garcia taps in his birdie chance to be two better off.

    Ryan Moore
  97. Post update

    Bernard Gallacher

    Three-time European Ryder Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The golf writer Bernard Darwin once said 'Hoylake is a breeder of mighty champions' and I expect one of the great champions to come through because this is a mighty field."

    He's not wrong, here's a list of some of the past Hoylake winners:

    1907: Arnaud Massy - first overseas winner of the Open.

    1924: Walter Hagen - his fifth of 11 major titles, a haul that ranks him third in the all-time list behind Jack Nicklaus (18) and Tiger Woods (14).

    1930: Bobby Jones - the American great won all four majors in 1930 for the famous 'Grand Slam', the Open being the second leg.

    1956: Australia great Peter Thomson completed a hat-trick of Open victories, the only player to achieve the feat in the 20th century.

    1967: Roberto De Vicenzo, the only Argentine to win the Open.

    2006: Hitting his driver only once, Tiger Woods defended his 2005 title in stunning fashion.

  98. Garcia and Oosthuizen make ground

    A long putt by Sergio Garcia sets up a straight-forward birdie chance on 10. Six under beckons. Louis Oosthuizen capitalises on the par-five fifth and moves to four under. Silent assassin. He fooled us all when he won in 2010.

    Action everywhere, challengers everywhere, one leader and in high-vis colours, all eyes are attracted to Rory McIlroy.

  99. Vote

    Which of these is the best Open venue?

    You can choose from: St Andrews, Hoylake, Carnoustie, Turnberry, Troon, Muirfield, Birkdale, or other.

    The vote closes at 19:00 and we'll give you the result shortly after.

    If you want to do your research, check out the R&A's guide to the venues on the official Open website.

    Send us your reasoning via #bbcgolf on Twitter, 81111 on text or via the BBC Sport pages on Facebook and Google +

  100. Post update

    Incidentally, Darren Clarke converts for par on 10 after earlier needing an army of spectators to find his ball. No doubt he would have bitten your hand of for par at that stage.

    Edoardo Molinari's run of birdies ends on 15, it's par. Canada's David Hearn is sneaking up on us all. A sublime iron shot on the fourth leaves him around six inches for birdie and that will take him to three under.

  101. Furyk makes par on 10

    Jim Furyk is unable to make the par-five 10th hole pay. It is playing the easiest hole on the course, averaging just 4.6 strokes.

    The American's putt from all of 30 feet is beautifully weighted but just wide. What I like most about him is he always looks like he is playing in astro-turf trainers.

    He looks like he'd be a handy five-a-side player. Two shots off the lead.

  102. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Stephen Gallagher (Sco), Charl Schwartzel (SA); -2: Justin Rose (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI);

    -1: Shane Lowry (Ire); Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Tiger Woods (US), Ian Poulter (Eng); +1: Henrik Stenson (Swe), Luke Donald (Eng)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores; Tee times

  103. Two-shot lead for McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy

    Breathing space for McIlroy. He rolls home for back-to-back-birdies on the sixth green after a smart tee shot.

    Could this be his moment? He is walking with swagger, a chance to kick on with a two-shot lead on seven under.

  104. Edoardo chips in

    Edoardo Molinari draws whoops and cheers from the galleries. He looks like he has a tough up and down for par but what we didn't know was he was planning on holing out from off the green. Straight in, that's four under - the same mark as his brother Francesco.

  105. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "Giant galleries, squads of snappers and reams of writers following McIlroy on this hazy summer afternoon. 'Wee Mac' unleashes merry hell with his driver down the fifth and the man with the clever technology measures it at 375 yards. Could have done 400 if it hadn't caught the rough."

  106. Get involved


    With Hugo's text in mind, we want to know what you would change about the sport of golf and why?

    Tweet us your thoughts on #bbcgolf or text on 81111.

  107. Get involved

    Via text on 81111

    As Tom Watson (currently +2 through nine holes of round two) continues to defy his age, the debate about older golfers in elite fields has reared its head again.

    Hugo in Northumberland: I'm becoming increasingly frustrated at Sandy Lyle's regular inclusion in both The Open and The Masters (as of course he's not eligible to play in the remaining two majors). He's finished at +22 this week and I think it's a farce that he insists on playing at this level.

    Surely the Open would be better off if a younger, more skilled and hungrier golfer with greater potential was given a chance instead. Just look at how everyone loves John Singleton.

    Do you agree with Hugo? You can also join in the debate via Twitter using #bbcgolf, Google + or on our Facebook page.

  108. McIlroy finds some rhythm

    McIlroy moves from the power needed on the long fifth to the accuracy of the par three sixth.

    His lofted iron drops like a missile and makes that lovely hard sound as it pitches and sticks around 10 feet from the pin.

    Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama cannot replicate the finesse McIlroy shows, but they bump their tee shots onto the putting surface. Three birdie chances.

  109. Post update

    Royal Liverpool's four par five holes have given up just under 370 birdies so far this week. That is nearly 50% of all the birdies made.

  110. McIlroy leads again

    Fans display a message that reads "Go Rory" for Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, on the roof of a house

    Rory McIlroy takes full advantage of the generous fifth hole. His eagle attempt on the par five is close, but it's a tap in on the return and again, McIlroy is six under par.

    The par fives are where the booty is hiding.

  111. Hoylake course guide

    10th (Far)

    A par five and 532 yards awaits Furyk next. Can he keep the momentum going?

    Far Hole

    The second-easiest hole in 2006 and birdie chances are being easy to come by again this year. One hundred and seven birdies have been made in the championship so far and just 19 bogeys.

    2006 difficulty rating: 17 2014 difficulty rating: 18

  112. Furyk's battle for victory

    Jim Furyk
  113. Furyk joins leaders on five under

    Jim Furyk sinks a snaking putt on nine for a score of one under on the way out and a share of the lead with Coetzee, Koepka, Garcia and McIlroy. The American steady all week so far.

  114. Clinical Coetzee

    Co-leader George Coetzee has had the most one putts in the championship so far, with 20 at a rate of 55.6%, on his way to five under. England's Paul Casey has had the least, making just four at a rate of 11.1%, and is currently three over through six.

  115. Post update

    David Leadbetter

    Leading golf coach on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Everyone wants to see the old Tiger though unfortunately we're never going to see the old Tiger. We'll have to see how his stamina holds out all week."

  116. Tiger on torrid seventh

    The seventh hole, brutal so far this week and it prompts drastic measures from Tiger woods who leaves his irons in the bag and calls on what looks like a three wood.

    The world number seven rarely gets the carpentry out of his bag around here but with 480 yards of unforgiving par four ahead of him, he does so. Lamps it up the middle.

    Only 11 birdies on the seventh this week, the fewest on any hole on the course.

  117. Sand for Manassero

    Did anyone see Ken Brown's Elephant bunker earlier? It is on the 11th hole.

    No it's not shaped like an elephant, it doesn't house an elephant and quite frankly, I have no idea what the elephant link is. All I do know, is Matteo Manassero is in it.

    The Italian is four under and could do without the headache and he smashes down into the sand to give himself 10 feet for par.

  118. Trouble for Sergio

    In all, 44 players are even par or better as things stand and so hopes are high for many.

    Sergio Garcia will want it badly, having never won a major but he is in trouble on eight. After a loose drive, he clumps a ball out of the rough and into sand on the testing par four. Cue Rickie Fowler to show his hand from the fairway - he hits the green but runs through. Not having it your own way fellas.

  119. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Stephen Gallagher (Sco); -2: Justin Rose (Eng), Darren Clarke (NI), Charl Schwartzel (SA);

    Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Shane Lowry (Ire), Tiger Woods (US), Henrik Stenson (Swe); +1: Ian Poulter (Eng), Luke Donald (Eng).

    Set to miss cut (projected at +2): +3: Lee Westwood (Eng); +4 Bubba Watson (US); +7 Jamie Donaldson (Wal); +8 Ernie Els (SA)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores; Tee times

  120. Tight at the top

    George Coetzee, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka

    A four-way lead then. George Coetzee sat with his feet up in the clubhouse while Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka attempt to consolidate their marks at five under in these tricky conditions.

    We are being spoilt.

  121. Post update

    Don't write off 'Bustin' Dustin Johnson, the willowy big-hitter from Jupiter. he tied at the Open in 2011, finished tied for fourth at this year's US Open and has birdied one and three today to move to -3. Jim Furyk with a chance to join the leaders but he forgets to hit his birdie putt at seven, stays four under. Here's Luke Reddy for a bit, while I take a break...

  122. Post update

    Garcia with a long-range birdie putt at six, he stays five under. Australia's Marc Leishman joins the party at three under with a long-range birdie at 13, Fowler just fails to move to five under with a birdie putt that just misses at six. Here's McIlroy's second to the fourth... safely on...

  123. Woods frustrations continue

    Tiger Woods

    Woods can't make that birdie putt coming back, leaving it a shade left, and he stays level after five. Ian Poulter of England is out on the course and he's kicked off with two pars, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell has opened with birdie-bogey. Stenson back to level with birdie at five. Cabrera makes it back-to-back birdies and he's back to +4, suddenly things not looking so grim for the Argentine.

  124. Post update

    Fowler clipping his approach low and hard into the seventh and he'll have a birdie attempt from 20 feet. Woods's third at five is from just off the front of the green and that's the touch of a panel beater, racing it 30 feet by... Garcia with something like an eight iron at seven, all over the flag like a cheap suit.

  125. "I've got to play tougher on the weekend," says Adam Scott

    Adam Scott

    World number one Adam Scott says he needs to be made of sterner stuff if he is to win a first Open title at the weekend.

    "It was a good finish, I played lots of good golf today though I made some errors from good spots which is a cardinal sin," the Australian told BBC Sport after posting a one over 73 to sit in the clubhouse at three under.

    "It was tough to make putts out there and it was one of those grinding days on the links. Being under par is good but being a little closer to the lead is nice," he added after finishing birdie-birdie to bring himself closer to the pacesetters.

    "I'm playing very well, I just have to eliminate those mistakes and play a little tougher over the weekend I think."

  126. Koepka birdies 11, joins four-way lead at -5

    Four-way lead now, as Brook Koepka rolls in from four feet at 11 to move to five under, alongside Coetzee, Garcia and McIlroy. The Florida man has four wins on the Challenger Tour and tied for fourth at this year's US Open.

  127. Manassero bogeys eight, drops to -4; Molinari bogeys nine, drops to -3

    Manassero for par at eight and he tweaks it left, drops to four under. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel very much in the mix, birdie at the first and he's two under through three second-round holes. McIlroy with a six-footer for par at the third, he stays five under, Francesco Molinari is on the ropes, follows that double with a bogey at nine, the Italian now three under and two off the lead.

    There's a three-way tie for the lead with George Coetzee, Sergio Garcia and McIlroy all on five under.

  128. Hoylake course guide

    9th (Dowie)

    Par three, 197 yards

    Dowie Hole Hoylake

    Bunkers front left and right protect a narrow green. There is a steep drop-off slope on the left-hand side of the green that leaves you an extremely tough chip or putt.

    2006 difficulty rating: 11 2014 difficulty rating: 11

  129. Post update

    Garcia with a 25-footer for birdie at six, comes up a few feet short, pops in for par. McIlroy with his second to three, eight iron, through the back. Former champion Louis Oosthuizen has opened up with a birdie, as he did yesterday, and is three under. Manassero conjures some magic from a green-side bunker at seven and taps in for par to stay five under. Shot gone for Bjorn, though, the seventh proving the hardest stretch on the course.

  130. F Molinari doubles the eighth, falls out of the lead

    Woods, as was the case yesterday, has taken a while to warm up and here he is parachuting to within a few feet at four. Garcia at six, with eight iron from 180 yards... bit of luck, rolls back on from a green-side hillock. Molinari makes a double on eight, meaning he drops to -4 and there is a four-way tie for the lead at five under. Brooks Koepka is having a right old ding-dong with the course - bogeys at seven, eight and nine, eagle at 10, back to four under. Woods can only make par at four...

  131. Past Hoylake Open winners

    Alf Padgham
  132. Fowler and Garcia birdie the fifth

    Fowler with back to back birdies at four and five, he's now four under. Garcia rams home his 12-footer for birdie at five, moves to five under. McIlroy makes par at the second, stays five under, Matsuyama drops to -3 after a bogey.

  133. Justin Rose's chipping masterclass

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose, hot off two wins in his last two tournaments, produced stunning back-to-back chip-ins at the par-three ninth for birdie and par-five 10th for eagle in his second round.

    The Englishman shot a second-round 70 to reach two under in the clubhouse. A handy position given the afternoon's more testing conditions.

    "The birdie at the ninth happened at an important time," he said. "The shot on 10 was a similar type shot, one you hope to get up and down but when they fall it is a big boost.

    "It has kept me within touch. I have been playing well enough to think I can have a good weekend. I haven't had my run yet and hopefully I've ridden out some of the tough times. I have a lot of work ahead, but keeping myself within touch has been important."

    Watch Rose's chips on the golf index and see more highlights by clicking on the Highlights tab above.

  134. Post update

    Japan's Hideki Matsuyama is out of the traps with a birdie and the 22-year-old is four under, two off the current lead. He likes a spot of links, he finished sixth last year. Woods makes his par at the third, remains level. Garcia out of a deep-faced trap at five, might have to make do with a par. Par for Manassero at the devilish seventh, he stays one off the lead.

  135. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Rickie Fowler (US); -2: Justin Rose (Eng), Stephen Gallagher (Sco), Darren Clarke (NI), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Charl Schwartzel (SA);

    -1: Jordan Spieth (US); Par: Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Shane Lowry (Ire), Tiger Woods (US); +1: Henrik Stenson (Swe) Ian Poulter (Eng); +2 Luke Donald (Eng)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores; Tee times

  136. Post update

    Molinari might not be out in front for much longer, he's just dragged his tee shot at seven into a bush and will have to reload...

  137. Post update

    A tip of the hat to Irish amateur Paul Dunne, who is surging down the back nine. The 21-year-old clocked up four straight birdies to move to four over par with two holes left but a par on the 17th means he looks set to miss the cut.

    As @neilbrooks12 points out, Dunne went to Blackrock College, which also produced Ireland rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll.

  138. Out in front

    Francesco Molinari
  139. Furyk birdies five, moves to four under

    Jason Day, Australia's perennial major contender, has carded another 73 and is two over for the week. Woods pulls out a good recovery at the third and should finally make par. Furyk for a birdie on five, makes it disappear from six feet to get to four under.

  140. Post update

    Rory off the tee at the second and he's creamed another one. American Bill Haas birdied the last for a level-par 72 and two under overall, four off the lead. F Molinari remains six under after tapping in for par at six, Darren Clarke just misses with an eagle attempt at five but taps in for birdie to get to two under.

  141. Post update

    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    Fans at Hoylake

    "Huge encouragement for Rory McIlroy as he leaves the sanctity of the cordoned-off putting green and strides across the third fairway, over the footbridge and into the arena around the first tee. Every combination you can think of for 'Come on/you can do it/go get 'em, Rory/Rors/Rory lad/McIlroy'.

    "Imagine the frenzy if he is leading at the same time on Sunday. Can't be easy as a 25-year-old to protect yourself from all that, but you suppose these guys are inured to it.

    "Still, he gives it a mighty swipe down the first. Playing partners Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth, with a touch of the tennis player about him - ie pointing for the towel after a practice swing - follow and the main course of the day is served. Another Freaky Friday for McIlroy? Or will the easing wind hand him the lead on a plate?"

  142. Projected cut

    The projected cut currently stands at two over par, meaning that Paul Casey (+3 through three holes) and English amateur Ashley Chesters (four over through seven) have some work to do.

    Among those in the clubhouse hoping for some high winds and high scores are Lee Westwood (+3), Bubba Watson (+4) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (+4).

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores; Tee times

  143. Post update

    Woods on the 426-yard third and this time he cuts one down the middle with an iron. Francesco Molinari chipping on at seven and he leaves himself with a four-footer for par. Brother Edoardo has dropped another at eight, is now four off the lead. Garcia at the par-five fifth and he's absolutely roasted his tee shot, finishing in some fluff to the right. Donald has taken a provisional...

  144. Mickelson 'fancies his chances'

    Phil Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson on BBC Two after a two-under par round of 70 to take him to level par for the championship: "I played really, really well but let a few critical shots slide, that has ultimately cost me. I fought hard and tee to green was striking the ball better than I have for over a year.

    "Now, with the weather coming in tomorrow, I fancy my chances. I will probably be six or seven shots back but you never know what will happen.

    "I will have to shoot a low round in tough conditions but I really enjoy the challenge. It is the best feeling to have won this tournament and playing it as a past champion. Knowing I have already won it takes a lot of of pressure off. The way the people treat past champions here is incredible."

  145. McIlroy bogeys first, F Molinari leads on six under

    Fowler with a birdie at four, gets back to three under, Garcia makes that par putt, stays four under. Denmark's Thomas Bjorn birdies the fifth and is in that big group at three under, three off the lead. McIlroy lets a shot go at the first, leaving Francesco Molinari out in front on his own...

  146. Manassero bogeys six, Woods bogeys second

    The new slim-line Darren Clarke, winner in 2011, birdies four and is back in the red. McIlroy with his approach at two... flies it through the back, bit of adrenalin coursing through those forearms. Garcia leaves himself a knee-knocker for par at four, Woods leaves his par putt left of the cup at two, drops back to level par. Shot gone for Manassero at six, which leaves McIlroy and F Molinari in a two-way tie for the lead.

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    Rory McIlroy
  148. Mixed fortunes for Enoch

    Rhys Enoch

    Rhys Enoch finished yesterday as the best-scoring Welshman with one over par but his round has been a bit more extreme today. Dropping to four over at the turn, he holed his second shot for an eagle at the 11th, only to pick up a treble bogey on the 12th.

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    Joint leader Francesco Molinari at seven, taking a small wood... sweeps one down the fairway. Fowler from muck on four... shot of the day, maybe, somehow manages to bring it to heel a few feet from the pin. Garcia in similar territory, and that's pretty decent as well.

  150. Woods has the game to cope

    Frank Nobilo

    Former European Tour golfer and BBC analyst

    Tiger Woods

    "Tiger Woods played in the still of the conditions yesterday. It's exactly what he needed after 127 days out with a back injury. He remains one of the few players out there who can change his game on the fly to adapt to differing conditions. You expect all of them to be able to, but they can't do it like he does."

  151. Manassero makes birdie at five, regains tie of lead

    Manassero with a sniff at the fifth, squeezes it in to regain a share of the lead. Woods gets a flyer through the second, it's all a bit clown's car at the moment for the main man. Here's young Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old great new hope from the States who tied second at the Masters this year... bombs it down there on the first, but about 30 yards behind Rory...

    The first hole at Hoylake
    Image caption: The first hole at Hoylake
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    England's Justin Rose is in with a two-under 70 for two under overall, right in the mix heading into the weekend. Scott finishes birdie-birdie for a 73 and -3 overall. Overnight leader Rory McIlroy is out in a bit, and he'll be wanting to put behind him this troubling trend of tearing it up on day one and stumbling on day two. Sergio, Sergio... Three putts at the third, back to four under.

  153. Leaderboard


    Selected others: -3: Adam Scott (Aus), Tiger Woods (US); -2: Justin Rose (Eng), Stephen Gallagher (Sco), Rickie Fowler (US);

    -1: Charl Schwartzel (SA), Jordan Spieth (US), Tiger Woods (US), Darren Clarke (NI); Par: Henrik Stenson (Swe), Phil Mickelson (US), Jason Dufner (US), Shane Lowry (Ire); +1: Ian Poulter (Eng); +2 Luke Donald (Eng)

    Selected tee times: 14:27: Rory McIlroy (NI); 14:38: Ian Poulter (Eng); 14:49: Graeme McDowell (NI)

    Official Open leaderboard; Clubhouse scores; Tee times

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    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "While Woods is on the first tee for his introduction a huge roar rings out on the adjacent second fairway. Word filters across Sergio Garcia has holed his second shot. A neat little juxtaposition given how Woods batted down the lemon-clad Spaniard on the final day at Hoylake eight years ago.

    "Woods's red-capped security detail scurry forward to secure the perimeter. "Come on, Tiger lad" rings out in broad scouse."

  155. New shape has swing impact

    Darren Clarke

    We couldn't help but notice Darren Clarke's hefty weight loss.

    A whopping four stone by his calculation has dropped off as a result of a five-time-a-week gym habit and you can see the difference between 2006 (pictured left) and this week.

    "The only source of frustration is that the golf ball hasn't yet realised all the work I've been doing," he tells the Telegraph. "My timing has been off, obviously because I've lost all that weight and what have you and my swing has to compensate."

    Clarke, champion in 2011, is even par.

  156. Woods makes double-bogey at the first

    Manassero birdies four and is back to five under, one off the lead. The Italians are going nowhere. Fowler with a peach of an approach at three, should be a birdie from a few feet. Shot gone for Koepka at the par-four seventh, he's back to -4. Back to Woods on one... his bogey putt lips out, Woods tumbles back to -1...

  157. Molinari ties for the lead on six under

    Stenson fires his second right at the pin, he'll have a 10-footer for birdie. Scott made birdie on 17, the world number one is back to two under. Francesco Molinari pours in a birdie putt on the fifth, ties the lead with McIlroy on six under. Woods making a right hash of the first, his third ends up in more nonsense on the other side of the green - needs to pop this in for par... races it 15 feet by, could be two shots gone...

  158. Get involved

    Ger Brady: A storm is brewing for Hoylake if that wind is easterly! I left Dublin this morning and am travelling across the Irish Sea!

    A Bowker: Well I was going out but have been caught up in the golf for the last two hours, mainly because it looks like I'm playing. What fairway?!

    Paolo Brand: What a moment from Sergio Garcia. A peach of a hole out.

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    Sweden's Karlsson gets a shot back at the 10th, he's now three under. Rose finds a green-side bunker at 17, here's Woods out of some deep stuff at the first... goes at it like a man attempting to fell an oak with an axe, and his ball squirts into more trouble back-right...

  160. Time for Tiger

    Tiger Woods
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    Tiger Woods is away and he's double-crossed his tee shot, which ends up way left. Cabrera gives it some serious humpty, that's high and handsome and central. Stenson, the world number two, follows him down there...

  162. 'Character-building' 26 over par

    Bryden Macpherson

    Bryden Macpherson is confident he will not suffer the same fate as fellow Australian Ian Baker-Finch after finally completing his Open nightmare.

    The 23-year-old Australian, whose first-day 90 at Hoylake was the worst Open round for 15 years, bowed out of the competition after shooting 80 to finish on 26 over par.

    "I think a fellow Australian, Ian Baker-Finch did a similar thing, first round in '97, and that triggered his retirement. Now, he'd already won a British Open. It would be a little weird for me to retire, I think.

    "I think it's just character-building, that's all it is. If you see it as anything more or anything less, then you're looking at it the wrong way."

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    Rob Hodgetts

    BBC Sport at Hoylake

    "All in black, flanked by two white-shirted stormtroopers, Tiger Woods sweeps Dart Vader-style from his courtesy car to the putting green beside the clubhouse. Very serious faces on all. The electricity crackles around the expectant crowd gathered by green. His Lordship's presence is strong."

  164. Eagle for Garcia on two, ties for second

    Tiger Woods makes his way to the first tee, he and Angel Cabrera dressed all in black today, Henrik Stenson making up the threesome. Fowler having to hack out at two, back onto the fairway, Donald comes up just short. Garcia into the green... NAILED IT! Eagle for the Spaniard, back to five under and a tie for second. "Same hole as 2006!" says a beaming Garcia, and he did indeed hole a nine iron on this hole eight years ago. Lovely stuff.

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    Frank Nobilo

    Former European Tour golfer on BBC analyst

    "Phil Mickelson has struggled all year with his game and what a time to find it again. It could be a real tussle over the next couple of days."

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    Defending champion Mickelson for birdie at the last, after hoicking his second head-high into the stands, and he's nailed one at last. Mickelson left a lot of shots out there today but he never stops battling and is still in the mixer at level overall, six off the current lead.