British Open 2012: Brandt Snedeker Leads but Tiger Is Lurking

Fred AltvaterContributor IIJuly 20, 2012

Tiger made a birdie from the Bunker on No. 18.
Tiger made a birdie from the Bunker on No. 18.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Tiger Woods put on another masterful performance today in the second round of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham.

Woods shot three-under par on Thursday which put him three shots behind tournament leader Adam Scott who carded a six-under par 64.

Tiger shot another 67 on Friday, but is farther behind as the new leader, Brandt Snedeker, fired a six-under par 64 to get to 10-under par.

Snedeker’s score ties Nick Faldo for the lowest 36-hole total in Open Championship history.  

Snedeker made five birdies in a seven hole stretch from No. 6 through No. 12.

Will he be able to sustain his brilliant play through the weekend?

First round leader Adam Scott posted another solid round of 67 and is only one shot behind Snedeker.

Tiger followed the same game plan as yesterday hitting fairway woods and irons from the tee to keep his ball in the fairway.

The rough at Royal Lytham is very penal.  Bogeys, doubles and the dreaded others await any golfer who dares to stray from the fairway.

Tiger's second consecutive 67 was very calculated and went pretty much according to plan.

For the two rounds Tiger has hit 29 of 36 greens and, more importantly, only missed two fairways.

He had two birdies and seven pars on the front nine to go with two more birdies, one bogey and six pars on the back nine.

He is in control of his game, striping irons, making solid contact on approach shots and rolling the ball fairly well on the greens.

Tiger did just what was needed on the first two days to be in position for the weekend.

Didn’t we see this same Tiger on Thursday and Friday at the U.S. Open last month? 

Tiger lost his game on the weekend at Olympic, shooting 75-73 and fell to T-21.

His only real stress on Friday was a slightly-pushed short iron shot into a bunker on the right side of the 18th green. 

Tiger proceeded to hit the bunker shot directly into the hole for his fourth birdie of the day.

He is four shots back of the leader.  Four shots are not very many on a difficult golf course like Royal Lytham.

If the wind comes up over the weekend, scores will go much higher and crisp iron shots will be rewarded.

Other players in the top 10 that may be in the mix on Sunday afternoon: Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Jason Dufner and Ernie Els.