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Senior British Open 2022: Darren Clarke Holds 2-Shot Lead After 2nd-Round 67

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 22, 2022

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Darren Clarke opened up a two-stroke lead on the field Friday at the Senior British Open at Gleneagles in Scotland after second-round play.

Clarke shot a three-under 67 to move to eight-under for the event, two strokes clear of the United States' Scott Parel.

Eight golfers are tied in third (five-under) behind them.

Outside a pair of bogeys on the Nos. 2 and 7, Clarke had himself a solid second round after posting a 65 on Thursday.

"Around the front nine today, I was so-so. I slipped. My right foot slipped a couple of times. But apart from that, I played really nicely," he told reporters. "I'm trying to hit a lot of fairways and give myself decent looks. All the way around the back nine, I kept hitting nice shots and could have been a few better. But, you know, it's the way it is."

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Parel is looming, however.

"I putted quite well. Didn't hit the ball maybe quite as good as yesterday but the conditions are a lot tougher, so very happy with 68," the American said after his round. "[There is] a little bit more wind, and the tough holes are into the wind. No 12 was a bear today. I hit every shot like I wanted and made a double bogey. But that's what you're going to get here."

And then there was Padraig Harrington (five-under) who undoubtedly had the most interesting birdie of the day:

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Y.E. Yang and Michael Watson posted the top scores in the second round, shooting 65s. Stephen Ames, the co-leader after Thursday, shot just a 71 and dropped into the group tied for third.

Glen Day, the other co-leader coming into the second round, shot a 72 on Friday and dropped into a tie for 11th.

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