The 2014 British Open is Rory McIlroy's tournament to lose—or win—now.
McIlroy backed up his first-round score of 66 with an identical score on Friday to move into a commanding lead over the rest of the field heading into the weekend. The back-to-back 66s left McIlroy at 12-under par after 36 holes, four shots clear of Dustin Johnson, the American who is his closest pursuer after shooting a 65 of his own that was low round of Day 2.
The New Zealand Herald reported that McIlroy "cast aside any talk of those second-round doldrums with a performance at Royal Liverpool that threatened to turn this into another major championship runaway. ... This is starting to look like his first two major victories, both by eight shots, at the 2011 US Open and the 2012 PGA Championship."
While the name atop the leaderboard at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, also known simply as Hoylake, remained the same, little else did. Read on to see who were the biggest winners and losers from Day 2.