Two days down. Two days to go.
And at the halfway point of the 2014 British Open, it’s a guy who was born barely an hour’s flight away from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club—Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy—who’s in the best position to add a third Grand Slam trophy to an already burgeoning career mantelpiece.
The precocious 25-year-old has been atop the leaderboard to close each of the first two rounds, and his 12-under par 132 through 36 holes gives him a four-shot edge over Dustin Johnson who's in second place and a high-profile-gaggle six shots behind that includes former major winners Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen and veteran contender Sergio Garcia.
McIlroy won the U.S. Open in 2011 and followed up with the PGA Championship in 2012, but he’s never finished better at the British Open than a tie for third behind Oosthuizen in 2010. In fact, he shot 79-75 last season and missed the cut at the Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland.
Here are the biggest questions leading into Saturday at the 143rd British Open.