While it was a breezy day at Royal Birkdale, Jordan Spieth could hold his swings and played one is the bests shots of his career on round two at The Open 2017. On a second day of the 146th Open Championship Jordan Spieth tops the leaderboard with 6 under par.
Rory McIlroy, who started the day with confidence, remained tied for sixth after finishing two under par. Clearly, the cut line was projected at five over, and not many could make it including the 2013 Open champion Phil Mickelson and veterans Mark O’Meara and 45-year-old Padraig Harrington, along with Darren Clarke, Patrick Reed, David Lipsky and Justin Thomas.
Amidst crosswinds making it difficult to play, Spieth displayed all his talent, guile and gumption to scramble it around the defiant links in 69 to stand at six-under and take a two-shot lead over countryman Matt Kuchar.
Tied at third are Ian Poulter alongside the US Open champion Brooks Koepka. It is evident Royal Birkdale has had many mood swings, troubling the contestants, and Rory McIlroy in particular, holding him five behind on one-under, a thrilling weekend is in store.
McIlroy has a lot more ground to make up, still five strokes behind Spieth for the championship and just one better on the day, but given his recent performances and the streak of missed cuts, even getting to the weekend would have been worth commending. Now he’s in the top-10 and putting well and when Rory even is an average putter, he’s good enough to win.
Spieth’s tendency to just hang around in golf tournaments comes from his ability to get buckets. Friday was no different with long putts dropping, absurd approaches and a chip-in for par from off the green on 10.
Though Spieth appears firm at the top and in no mood to lose right now, McIlroy will be ready to hunt him down and there are world-class talents like Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka in the mix. First-time winners have been fun to cheer over the last two years, but it’s great to see the big names up top heading into the weekend.
DSport is live telecasting all the action of The Open straight from Royal Birkdale. With the course wide open for the best talent to lead, it would be interesting how Spieth manages to maintain his lead.