British Open Scores 2012: Breaking Down Day 2's Biggest Winners and Losers

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 20, 2012

British Open Scores 2012: Breaking Down Day 2's Biggest Winners and Losers

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    Day 2 of the 2012 British Open was not a good one for most golfers. Many fell out of contention, and the inevitable cut will take out about half of the field.

    Royal Lytham is proving to be a tricky course. Some have found out how to beat it, while others have struggled mightily.

    After a crucial second round, these are the winners and losers from Friday's action.

Winner: Brandt Snedeker

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    Brandt Snedeker has already secured the best finish at the British Open in his career. He's been in three before (2008, 2009, 2011), and he's been cut in all three.

    Somehow I don't see him being cut this year.

    After shooting six under on Friday, Snedeker is now 10-under par after putting up a score of four-under on Thursday.

    Snedeker has been in the hunt both days, and while he was overshadowed on Thursday, he finally broke through and took the lead from Adam Scott on Friday.

    He's currently in a position to win the first Major Championship of his career.

Loser: Rory McIlroy

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    Rory McIlroy had a lot of problems on Friday. He was in the hunt after Thursday, but now he's fading fast and will need two spectacular rounds to come back into play.

    On Thursday he posted a three-under 67 and was tied with Tiger Woods for sixth place. However, it was all for naught.

    On Friday, McIlroy shot a five-over 75 and now sits at tied for 52nd at two over, avoiding the projected cut by one stroke. He is in trouble, and he is 12 strokes back from the leader.

Winner: Adam Scott

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    Sure, he lost his lead on Friday, but with a score of three-under par, Adam Scott sits at nine-under heading into the weekend—just one stroke back of the leader.

    Scott will be in the final pairing at the Open Championship, and he is certainly in striking distance. He has been playing well and could be trying to win his first Major Championship.

    He was a relative unknown coming into the tournament, but he is playing well and could shock the golf world this year.

Loser: Lee Westwood

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    Lee Westwood entered the tournament as one of the favorites, behind only Tiger Woods. However, he has struggled at Royal Lytham.

    After shooting a three-over 73 on Thursday, he was pretty far back and needed a decent round to avoid the cut.

    However, those hopes were quickly dashed, as he struggled to make much noise, parring the first 12 holes before recording a bogey and a birdie.

    He shot an even par today, which might end up cutting his tournament short.

Winner: Jason Dufner

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    Jason Dufner was sitting at even par after Thursday's round, which wasn't bad, but it didn't put him into contention.

    However, he had a great round on Friday.

    After shooting a five-under 65, Dufner is alone at fourth in the field. He is clearly part of the group of contenders, and one or two more rounds like that could really help him try to capture his first Major Championship.

Loser: Phil Mickelson

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    Phil Mickelson is one of the fan favorites, but he won't be seeing the weekend.

    Lefty is just about guaranteed to be cut after the second round, as he played very poorly.

    After a three-over 73 on Thursday, he just needed to finish below par to stay in the hunt, but he imploded on Friday.

    After shooting his eight-over 78, he is out of contention and will be cut.

Loser: Angel Cabrera

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    Angel Cabrera is in the same boat as Phil Mickelson, as he will be cut after a horrible round on Friday.

    Thursday wasn't a bad day for Cabrera, as his one-over 71 would have kept him in contention if he shot a few strokes below par on Friday.

    However, he couldn't do anything on Friday, recording nine bogeys, one double bogey and no birdies or eagles. His 11-over 81 was pitiful, and he's gone.

Winner: Matt Kuchar

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    Matt Kuchar has been doing pretty well this year, and it has continued at Royal Lytham.

    After shooting a one-under 69 on the first day, he looked to improve on Friday and did just that.

    With a three-under 67, he is currently tied for fifth and is within striking distance. While he'll certainly need more rounds like he had on Friday to win, he's done it once and can keep building throughout the weekend.

Loser: Nicolas Colsaerts

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    Nicolas Colsaerts was one of the leaders after the first round, shooting a five-under 65. He looked like he was going to be in contention for the entire tournament, but his Friday round killed him.

    With five bogeys, one birdie and one triple bogey on a par five, Colsaerts took himself out of contention with a seven-over 77, and he is now 12 strokes back of the leader.

    Colsaerts was a long shot, but a great first round—with three birdies, one eagle and no bogeys—looked like a good sign for him. However, he struggled and barely avoided the cut.

Winner: Tiger Woods

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    Tiger Woods has been consistent, shooting a three-under 67 in both rounds so far. While he actually lost a stroke on the leader today, he is in striking position at four strokes back heading into the weekend.

    Thanks to a great chip-in on 18 to end his day, Tiger is closing in on the leaders.

    Woods is an experienced veteran, which is why he is considered a winner and not a loser.

    The two players ahead of him, Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker, are inexperienced, which could cost them over the weekend.

    Snedeker is in the lead, but he is in unfamiliar territory, as this is the first time he hasn't been cut at the Open Championship. While Scott did finish tied for eighth in 2006, he has been struggling in recent years.

    Tiger has the ability to leapfrog both men for another Major Championship, and he has to be considered a winner going into the weekend, seeing as he is in sole possession of third place.