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Rory Takes Commanding Lead as Tiger Struggles on Day Two of British Open

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Rory’s continued dominance, Johnson’s epic day, and more.

Rory Takes Commanding Lead as Tiger Struggles on Day Two of British Open

Round 2 of the British Open is over and that means that the first round of cuts will occur. The projected cut is +2, which means  that big names such as Lee Westwood and Bubba Watson will not be competing this weekend. Most of the big names still have a chance to win. Let's take a look at where some of those names stand on the leaderboard.

Through two days, Rory McIlroy remains atop the leaderboard. After shooting six under par on Thursday, all eyes were on Rory today, as his second round struggles in recent tournaments have been well documented. It's safe to say that Rory has moved on from those struggles, as he once again shot six under par. He heads into the weekend at 12 under par and has a nice four-shot lead.

Rory had seven birdies and only one bogey on the day to give him 13 birdies and only one bogey for the tournament. Simply put, the man is on fire and looks to be in complete control heading into the weekend.

In second place is American Dustin Johnson, who had the round of the day. He shot seven under par after finishing round one at one under par. With a current score of eight under par, Johnson has given himself every chance to catch Rory this weekend. A great day for Johnson, but it remains to be seen whether he can keep it up in the inclement conditions in Hoylake.

Meanwhile, fellow American Rickie Fowler is right behind Johnson at six under par. Fowler was a very popular pick coming into the tournament and he hasn't disappointed. He is tied with, among others, Sergio Garcia, who was my pick to win this tournament. Garcia and Fowler are very consistent and should continue to hit the ball well. The shot in the GIF below says everything you need to know about how Garcia is playing right now.

World number one Adam Scott didn't have the greatest of days, shooting one over par. While this isn't bad by any means, Scott sits at three under par for the tournament and will need to be as sharp as he can be in order to catch Rory. The same goes for Justin Rose, who sits at two under on the tournament. Rose was another popular pick to win, but will need to have two extraordinary days to prove that he was a good pick to win.

Phil Mickelson had himself a nice day, finishing at two under on the day to head into the weekend at even-par. Phil has his work cut out for him but if anyone can overcome the odds, it's him. He won this tournament last year and a huge weekend for Lefty is not out of the question, especially when he's hitting shots like this:

Tiger Woods had a great first round, but the second round didn't treat him very well. Tiger was at three under par going into today, but a double-bogey on the first hole, a bogey on the second, and a triple-bogey on the 17th put Tiger at five over on the day and two over for the tournament. Tiger barely made the cut and while he is still alive in this tournament, he doesn't have much of a shot to win. At least he looks healthy, which is a huge plus for a guy who has battled so many injuries the past few years.

Jordan Spieth also barely made the cut, shooting three over par on the day to put him at two under. The 20-year-old shows a lot of promise, but it isn't surprising that the bad weather affected his game. Hopefully he can gain some momentum this weekend heading into the next tournament, as he is really exciting to watch.

Two rounds down, two rounds to go. This tournament is far from over and there will surely be a lot of interesting stories this weekend as Rory tries to hold everyone else off. We will continue to update you along the way, but you can watch the British Open on ESPN this weekend.

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