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British Open 2012 Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker and Golfers Moving Up in Round 2

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Brandt Snedeker of the United States hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 20, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2012

After a first round where scoring conditions were much better than anticipated following all of the rain at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Course, things have had much more of a British Open feel on day two.

While the course is playing tougher, that hasn't stopped some players from making their move up the leaderboard. Let's take a look at three players already in the clubhouse who posted good rounds. For an updated look at the current scores, click here.

 

Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker has completed two rounds on an unforgiving course and still hasn't made a bogey. He followed up a four-under par first round with an even more impressive six-under 64 on Friday. It gave him a five-stroke lead as he walked off the course.

His unmatched play has been quite a surprise due to his recent results. The three tournaments prior to the Open Championship resulted in a missed cut, a withdraw and a 38th-place finish. He clearly figured something out during practice to get back on track.

There are still plenty of golfers on the course, so it's unknown what position he'll be in on Saturday, but it's safe to assume he'll either be at the top or close. That means the first few holes will be vital to make sure he doesn't let nerves get the better of him.

 

Luke Donald

Donald's struggles at major championships have been well documented over the past few years, especially since he took over the top spot in the World Golf Rankings. Without a marquee title under his belt, it's hard to call him the best.

He didn't do much to change his reputation in the opening round, posting an even-par score of 70. He got on track on Friday, though. A stretch of four birdies in six holes set the tone for a two-under round that puts him back in the mix.

The questions have never been about his playing ability. Instead, it's always been his performance under pressure that has been scrutinized. A strong showing on moving day will give him a chance to make some noise on Sunday.

 

Louis Oosthuizen

It was two years ago at this event when Oosthuizen made a name for himself. He entered the final round of the 2010 Open Championship with a four-stroke lead and cruised to his first career major title, winning by seven strokes.

He struggled in the first round this time around, but was able to salvage things on Friday with a two-under 68. That got him back to even par, which at least keeps him within striking distance heading into the weekend, even if it'll be an uphill battle.

As Oosthuizen showed when he won the tournament, he has the game to go really low when everything is working. If he can pull off one of those rounds tomorrow, suddenly he'll be a contender. Don't count him completely out yet.

 

Leaderboard (10:40 a.m. ET)

Position Player Score
1 Brandt Snedeker -10 (F)
2 Adam Scott -6 (7)
3 Paul Lawrie -5 (8)
T-4 Zach Johnson -4 (5)
T-4 Graeme McDowell -4 (4)

 

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