Tiger Woods shot even par in Round 2 of the 2013 British Open and managed to rocket up the leaderboard. He's in second place behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who also shot even par on the day to remain at three-under for the tournament.
Muirfield was an unforgiving, harsh master on Friday.
First-round leader Zach Johnson was one of many players, including Phil Mickelson and 19-year old Jordan Spieth, who lost a few strokes in Round 2.
While most of the field shot well over par, there were a few players who found a sweet rhythm on the course.
Lee Westwood was on fire early on and shot up the board with a round of 68 to move to two-under for the tournament. As noted by Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel, the English golfer managed to get to six-under for the day through 12 holes and was "swimming laps while everyone else is treading water:"
Lee Westwood is 6-under for the day and tied for the lead. He's swimming laps while everyone else is treading water.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) July 19, 2013
Charl Schwartzel, whose club-tossing tirade went viral on Thursday, also shot a three-under round of 68 to move back up into contention at one-over.
From one extreme to the other, while Westwood and Schwartzel were busy moving up the leaderboard, there was a group of golfers who shot rounds in the 80s.
Rory McIlroy improved upon his dismal first round. But after a four-over round of 75 moved him to 12-over through two rounds, he'll need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what's next.
After two days of action, it's clear Muirfield has been the biggest winner thus far.
Twenty players finished the first round under par, and that number was cut down to nine by the time Friday's round was coming to a close late in the afternoon.
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It's not hard to imagine that the winner will be at even-par or worse by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around.
The course's many pot bunkers appear to have their own gravitational pull. Many a well-struck ball has meandered its way into these pits of doom, and as we saw a few times on Friday, it's not easy to get your ball out of those traps.
Furthermore, the ever-changing wind means the course plays differently from hour to hour.
Greens and fairways alike seem to be nothing more than brownish-green-colored concrete. Balls are rolling for days, which is why so many players have started trying to hit towering shots into the greens, rather than the traditional punch shots that usually rule the day on links courses.
With nearly all the players off the course after Day 2, the projected cut is set at eight-over.
The world's best have two more rounds to make their mark.
Muirfield has hosted The Open Championship 15 times prior to 2013, and the winning golfer has always been a phenomenal ball-striker. This year's tournament is proving to be more of the same, as errant shots have penalized players to brutal effect.
On Saturday, he action starts early once again for those of us in North America. The first players will tee off during the time when many of us are still snuggled up in our beds.
The golf thus far at Muirfield has been fascinating to watch through the first two days, however. You won't be disappointed if you decide to tune in early.
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