(LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England) — Round two of the British Open is in the books. Brandt Snedeker cruised into the weekend with a 64 on Friday and is atop the leaderboard.
The 31-year-old Snedeker never made the cut in this major, but he will be playing this weekend.
“I’m sure everybody in this room is in about as much shock as I am right now,” Snedeker said. “My mantra all week has been to get the ball on the greens as fast as possible. Once I’m on there, I have a pretty good hand on the speed of the greens. I’m just going to try and keep doing that over the weekend.”
His round shooting 6-under 64 left him tied with Nick Faldo for the lowest 36-hole score in Open history. One stroke behind Snedeker is Adam Scott, who shot a 67.
“I was good today, again a bit of a shaky start, there were tough holes early” said Scott. “I got a little nervous after 11 and made a birdie and starting moving up the leaderboard a little bit.”
Tiger Woods finished strong again in third with another round of 67.
“I was executing my game plan, I had a plan in which I thought would be effective on this golf course and I’ve executed it so far,” Woods said who survived being in the bunker on 18.
Followed by Woods is Jason Dufner, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, and Paul Lawrie headed into the weekend.
Phil Mickelson, the runner-up last year in the tournament will have to watch the rest from home. Mickelson shot three double-bogeys and finished with a 78.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Mickelson said after his worst Open round since 2008. “I obviously played terrible.”
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