Rory McIlroy Trails Clubhouse Leader Kuchar By Three Shots

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 23, 2017

Jordan Spieth is the lone leader of the British Open Championship 2017 after Round 2 by finishing 1-over-par the round and 6-under-par for the tournament.

The giant 39-year-old had seven birdies, but also a bogey at the short 4th hole and a double-bogey at 16 after finding a bunker from the tee. "But I enjoy it because as long as I approach it positively and recognize this is what you want to feel, because you're in a position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and create solid rounds".

But brimming with confidence and clearly able to adjust to the conditions, the 23-year-old Spieth looks well capable of winning a third major, to add to his 2015 Masters and US Open triumphs. "That is sweet", Johnny Miller, now a golf analyst, said as NBC flashed a 62 on the screen.

"My whole thing on the 18th was trying just not to make bogey but when I knocked in the two-footer or three-footer (for par) Zack came up and said "You're in the history books" and I was like 'What are you talking about?'" - Grace reveals it was his caddie who pointed out the significance of his round. Connelly shot a 66, more than offsetting two bogeys with four birdies and an eagle.

"I honestly had no idea that was something historic", the world number 35 told reporters.

He described the Masters a year ago as a humbling experience that he thought would serve him well down the road.

"I just don't mind grinding", Johnson said.

"We had favorable conditions, but that often makes it tougher to hold the lead", he said.

"We've got 36 holes to go and you've got a guy in Spieth leading this tournament who has major championship experience", Finau said. "We both played good golf and pushed each other out there, and I'm hoping for the same thing tomorrow". Thirty-one players had previously shot 63, the latest Justin Thomas in the third round of the U.S. Open in June. He played the final 10 holes without a bogey.

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"I got off to a good start, which I think is important today".

There were two critical junctures for Spieth on the back nine.

However, after a strong start to his round featuring three birdies in the first five holes, Rory McIlroy slipped out of contention - a double-bogey at 10 particularly damaging as the 2014 victor went round in 69.

McIlroy hasn't missed the cut at consecutive majors since 2010 (Masters, U.S. Open) and is taking confidence from winning the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston in September previous year after being 4 over through three holes.

"I didn't think I drove the ball incredibly well yesterday, either", he said. "Certainly, I'm not out of it".

He spent Friday morning at his rented house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast that was even worse for when he played in the afternoon.

"I'll be playing with him but not focused on him", Kuchar said.

Jordan Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the golf course. No doubt, too, it's the question that will surface on Sunday, when the pair will once walk side-by-side once more in the final twosome.

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