British Open 2013: Complete Analysis of Day 2 Leaderboard
Day 2 of the British Open featured a lot of movement, and the end result is an exciting leaderboard heading into the weekend.
Miguel Angel Jimenez has been the biggest surprise so far in the championship, as the sole leader at three-under. He shot 71 on the day, which combined with his 68 from Thursday, was enough to stay ahead of the pack.
Of course, right behind him is a host of players ready to make a run, including 14-time major champion Tiger Woods. Experienced players Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson are all also one stroke back.
Here is a complete look at the up-to-the minute standings:
The story of Day 2 was the lack of consistency across the board. Stenson was the only player to finish under par in each of the first two rounds, while the rest of the field either did much better or worse on Friday.
Even when someone started off well, a poor finish soon followed. One of the best examples of this was Brandt Snedeker, who shot an even-par 36 on the front nine but ended up with an eight-over 43 on the back.
As the PGA Tour Twitter account noted, this took him far out of contention:
After No. 12, Snedeker was within 1 of the lead. But his finish included two bogeys and two doubles. It's a 79 that moves him to +5.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 19, 2013
Another player who had an up-and-down day was Phil Mickelson, who had a 69 on Thursday but only a 74 on Friday. A low point was a short three-putt, which was captured by CBS Sports' Golf Twitter account:
Phil needs three putts from three feet :( https://t.co/78lhHNO1Fg— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) July 19, 2013
Based on his post-round comments, he does not seem confident in a comeback, according to Shane Bacon of Yahoo!:
"It's too much course for me." - Phil Mickelson, on Muirfield— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) July 19, 2013
Finally, Zach Johnson went three-over combined between holes No. 14 and No. 15, which took him out of the lead. He now sits at one-under and two strokes off the lead.
However, there were also some solid performances on the day. Woods is certainly in as good of shape to win a major as he has been in years after shooting a 71 in Day 2. As ESPN's Rick Reilly notes, his putting has been outstanding:
Tiger Woods is the best fast-greens putter in history. He has 18 one-putts in 2 days. #OpenChampionship— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) July 19, 2013
Then again, there is still reason to be hesitant to call the superstar the favorite to win. ESPN Stats and Info points out that the weekends are where Woods has struggled at majors:
Tiger Woods -2 after 2nd round. Over last 6 majors, he is a combined -11 in rounds 1 and 2. He is 30 shots worse - +19 - in rounds 3 & 4— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 19, 2013
This leaves Jimenez, the current leader, as the golfer to beat. According to Justin Ray of ESPN, this is new territory for the veteran:
Miguel Angel Jimenez has never held the 36-hole lead in a major. He's currently the clubhouse leader at -3.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) July 19, 2013
The Spanish star has performed well at this tournament in the past and finished tied for ninth last year. He is looking to improve upon that showing and win his first career major.
Of course, there is still a lot left to be decided. If the first couple of days are any indication, we are in for a wild weekend at the Open Championship.
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