Tyrrell Hatton makes progress as Tiger Woods aims to improve Open chances

Tanya Simon
July 20, 2019

Hadwin shot a three-over par 74 with four bogeys and a single birdie.

This marks the first time Woods and his old adversary Phil Mickelson have missed the cut in the same major - at the 83rd attempt.

Woods was slowed by the par 5s, which he played in 1 over for the round and 2 over for the week.

The big hitter from a small town in Kentucky had his first taste of links golf at Royal Portrush during a college trip, and he recalled how the caddies kept giving him the wrong lines off the tee because they had never seen anyone hit it that far.

Overnight leader JB Holmes consolidated his challenge with a 68 to move to eight under. He finished the week at +6, five shots over the projected cut of +1.

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell also were late starters, with McIlroy trying to post a great round in bad conditions as a long shot to make the cut.

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TOMMY Fleetwood cruised round Royal Portrush to take the early clubhouse lead at the Open.

Justin Rose had a 67 and was two shots behind, along with Cameron Smith of Australia and Justin Harding of South Africa.

The coterie of Americans is led by Holmes, who should not be underestimated.

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It was a Limburger sandwich for the affable four-time major victor, who was widely expected to shine at a place where 14 years ago he shot a course-record 61 in competition at age 16.

But with his girlfriend on his bag, he rolled back the years with a brilliant round, including a 65-foot birdie at the 16th. He will continue to play in the British Senior Open, including next week at Lytham, where he won his lone major.

But the 2017 Open champion bogeyed the ninth and survived an up and down back nine to stay five-under.

The American was two under for the day after six holes, but a bogey at the seventh stalled his fightback. "It's very exciting", said Lowry, 32, who missed the cut at the last four Opens. I shot two 67s in the first two rounds, I'm going to stand on that first tee tomorrow and give it 100% tomorrow afternoon.

Woods struggled in his first round Thursday, making only one birdie while shooting a 7-over 78 that left him ahead of only seven other players in the field. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance. The problem was a two-way miss, and Holmes felt he began to turn the corner three weeks ago at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. The weather, after a calm rain-free morning, saw the skies open up and it was getting somewhat chilly, too, making it hard to play for the second wave.

The wind made it tricky for players, and playing in the rain always adds another layer of difficulty. Another shot back was a group that included Koepka, who has won three of the last six majors.

Amid the usual jostling for position on a Friday at The Open, Omnisport's team at Royal Portrush brings you news from around the course.

That means Koepka has been no worse than third after 13 of his last 16 rounds in the majors. It's the British Open, it's in Ireland. McIlroy played reasonably well except the start (quadruple bogey) and finish (triple bogey) in his round of 79.

J.B. Holmes kept himself firmly in contention for a maiden major title yet spent the majority of his media conference fielding questions about his dog.

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