Six was the magic number as a pair of Americans with vastly different amounts of the Open experience take the lead into the weekend at Carnoustie.

The 2015 Champion Golfer of the Year Zach Johnson, who has finished in the top 20 for seven of the last eight years, and Kevin Kisner – whose best Open showing in three appearances is tied-54th – sit atop the leaderboard on six-under.

Kisner’s second round went from spectacular to solid on the 18th, as a double-bogey six turned a potential 68 and a two-stroke advantage on the field into a 70 and a share of the lead.

Veteran American Kuchar carded a three-under-par 68 and is relishing being in contention at The Open once more.

Dustin Johnson never settled at Carnoustie, shooting rounds of 76 and 72 on the Angus links. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is heading for the exit after finishing level with Johnson at six-over par.

The popular Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who went so close to winning at Carnoustie the last time The Open was played here, also goes home after missing the cut by just one shot.

PGA champion Justin Thomas, Scottish favourite Russell Knox, two-time major winner Martin Kaymer and Japanese sensation Hideki Matsuyama all join Garcia at four-over.

Top of the Day 2 leaderboard

T1. Zach Johnson -6

T1. Kevin Kisner -6

T3. Tommy Fleetwood -5

T3. Pat Perez -5

T3. Xander Schauffele -5

T6. Rory McIlroy -4

T6. Erik van Rooyen -4

T6. Matt Kuchar -4

T6. Tony Finau -4

T6. Zander Lombard -4

T11. Kevin Chappell -3

T11. Jordan Spieth -3

T11. Rickie Fowler -3

Source: The Open

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