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Rory McIlroy Still on Top in Round Two of the British Open

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Phil Mickelson bounces back, Sergio Garcia continues his strong play and more updates.

Rory McIlroy Still on Top in Round Two of the British Open

After an exciting first day of the British Open yesterday, the second round is well under way and the leaderboard looks a little bit different. While this tournament is far from over, it is becoming clearer which players are serious contenders. Let's take a look at how Day 2 is going so far.

Whether you are a fan of golf or not, you probably want to hear about Tiger before anybody else. After a great first day for the 14-time Major Championship winner, Tiger didn't have the greatest of starts to his day. He double-bogied the first hole before bogeying the second. That being said, he parred his next six holes and seems to be settling down nicely. He now sits at three over on the day and even-par for the tournament.

Tiger didn't get off to the greatest start yesterday either, but he has had no trouble bouncing back. If he can hit the ball on the back nine today as well as he did yesterday, Tiger will be in a great position heading into the final two days.

Meanwhile, America's second-most famous golfer, Phil Mickelson, is finished with his day and he has to be happy with how he hit the ball. He finished the day at two under and while his even-par for the tournament leaves something to be desired, Phil is still very much in this and it would be the least bit surprising if he continued to climb up the leaderboard tomorrow.

Rory McIlroy bogeyed his first hole, but birdied the fifth and sixth holes to put him at one under on the day and a beautiful seven under for the tournament. Rory's second round struggles have been well-documented, but the he has been excellent thus far. His day is far from over, but so far, so good for Rory, who stands alone at the top of the leaderboard.

Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia always seem to be in contention and both men are once again near the top. Both are one under on the day so far and five under on the tournament. Garcia was my pick to win, so I am confidently sticking by him. He had a beautiful eagle today, as seen in the GIF below.

Americans Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson are right at the top of the leaderboard as well. Fowler is at two under on the day so far and five under for the tournament. Johnson, meanwhile, is at a cool three under on the day and four under on the tournament. Both men still have a lot of golf left to play today, so they have a very real chance to climb into first place by the end of the day.

There are a few stars who had disappointing days. Lee Westwood finished the day at four over, which puts him at three over for the tournament. The projected cut is at +2, so Westwood's tournament might be finished. Bubba Watson is in the same boat as Westwood, as he shot four over yesterday and had to have a great day today in order to make the cut. He finished the day at even-par, which isn't bad but it probably spells the end of Watson's tournament. The American seems to have a lot of trouble playing on traditional courses and today was another example of that.

World number one Adam Scott finished his day at one over, though his three under for the tournament puts him right near the top of the leaderboard. Scott is always going to be at or near the top, so while he didn't have the results that he might have wanted today, Scott will continue to be a major player in this tournament.

As for 20-year-old American Jordan Spieth, he is currently one over on the day through seven holes and even-par for the tournament. Spieth is one of golf's rising stars and it would be great to see him pick up his game on the back nine today.

Justin Rose shot even-par yesterday, which had to be a little bit disappointing for him since he many expected him to win this tournament. He had a great day today, though, as he finished the day at two under.

We will continue to update you throughout this tournament. You can watch the British Open on ESPN and follow the leaderboard here, and trust me, you won't want to miss it!

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