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Live blog: Kevin Kisner closes with double to fall into co-lead at British Open

Golfweek logo Golfweek 7/20/2018 Kevin Casey
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The Open Championship continues Friday at Carnoustie.

We'll be tracking all of the action as players look to position themselves heading into the weekend. Follow all Round 2 progress below:

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UPDATE No. 33 (2:45 p.m. ET): Fowler misses a great birdie chance at 18, but he's in at 3 under and is just three back.

Justin Rose, meanwhile, does indeed birdie 18, and he needed it. That gets Rose in at 3 over, which is currently T-66 and looks almost certain to be the cutline. So Rose likely gets in on the number.

Jon Rahm joins the Justin Thomas implosion train by going from 3 under at one point today to a 5 over finish. He went 6 over in one three-hole stretch and finished with 78 to miss the cut by two.

UPDATE No. 32 (2:35 p.m. ET): What a rebound for Jordan Spieth.

He comes back from a demoralizing 4-over finish in his last four in an opening 72 with a second-round 67. That puts him in at 3 under. The defending champ is just three off the lead, which is a three-way tie between Zach Johnson (69-67), Kevin Kisner (66-70) and Zander Lombard (through 14).

Pat Perez bogeyed 18 to fall out of that tie. He's at 5 under after 69-68.

UPDATE No. 31 (2:25 p.m. ET): Kuuuuuuch!

Matt Kuchar drains a 30-footer for birdie at 18. That's a second-round 68 and he's in at 4 under. That puts him two back at the moment. Maybe he'll get revenge on last year's heartbreak.

UPDATE No. 30 (1:30 p.m. ET): Yeah, Jordan!

Spieth taps in for birdie at the 14th to move to 5 under for the round and 4 under overall. He's now just two back.

What a rebound from yesterday's disastrous finish. Now he comes to those final four holes he played in 4 over yesterday. Let's see how he handles it.

UPDATE No. 29 (1:06 p.m. ET): What a rebound today from Spieth!

He's 4 under for the round and 3 under overall through 12. Pretty heady stuff considering his collapse at the end of Thursday.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson also has a good Friday. Five birdies lead to a 2-under 69 and he's even par overall for the tournament.

UPDATE No. 28 (12:58 p.m. ET): It's a party at the top!

Pat Perez birdies 14 to move to 6 under and into a share of the lead. Zander Lomnbard is also there after a birdie at 7.

Lombard is a 23-year-old South African who's in his second full season on the European Tour. He's made just four of 20 cuts in this campaign and is battling to keep his card, but he did recently finish T-6 at the Irish Open.

Still, he's No. 444 in the world, and his best finish in a major is a T-66 - at the 2016 Open Championship … his only major appearance. So to call him a surprise co-leader is an understatement.

UPDATE No. 27 (12:43 p.m. ET): Yikes! Closing double for Kisner after he hits one in the burn at 18.

That drops the leader by two to co-leader with Zach Johnson. Still, that means Kisner at least shares the lead after each of the first two rounds. It's a 1-under 70 today, and he's 6 under overall.

UPDATE No. 26 (12:08 p.m. ET): Jon Rahm must be livid.

An OB ball off tee at No. 7 leads to triple bogey, and he plummets from 3 under to even.

Some other updates: Phil Mickelson birdies Nos. 11 and 13 to move back to even par, he's 2 under on the day. Jordan Spieth is 1 under playing the ninth. Rickie Fowler is still at 4 under playing the ninth.

UPDATE No. 25 (11:40 a.m. ET): Kisner birdies 13 and 14, and he now leads by two at 8 under.

UPDATE No. 25 (11:10 a.m. ET): Rickie is charging!

A birdie at No. 4 means three early ones and he's now 4 under and within two. That first major could come this week.

UPDATE No. 24 (11 a.m. ET): Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler have both moved to 3 under.

Fowler birdies Nos. 1 and 3 to get there. Both are looking for their first major and are right in the thick of this one at the moment.

UPDATE No. 23 (10:45 a.m. ET): There's the Jordan Spieth we know and love.

Here's an incredible chip-in birdie from him at the third. It moved him back to even par:

UPDATE No. 22 (10:32 a.m. ET): Kisner goes back and forth, as he goes birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey at Nos. 7-10 to find himself 6 under.

He's tied for the lead with Zach Johnson.

UPDATE No. 21 (9:46 a.m. ET): Kisner drains a 35-footer for birdie at the seventh and he takes over the solo lead at 7 under.

The dude is not fazed. He held the overnight lead and comes right out and plays his first seven in 2 under. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, hit a lay up in the water at the par-5 sixth and then hit his fourth into a back bunker. A double bogey halts his momentum, as he drops to 1 over.

UPDATE No. 20 (9:22 a.m. ET): Lefty is on fire!!

A birdie at the fifth means three already on the round, and he has jumped from 2 over to 1 under. A par 5 coming up at No. 6, too. Look at Lefty go early in his round Friday.

UPDATE No. 19 (9:17 a.m. ET): Kevin Kisner birdies the fifth and he moves into a share of the lead at 6 under. He's tied there with Zach Johnson.

UPDATE No. 18 (9:05 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson has birdied Nos. 2 and 4 to move back to even par early in his second round.

Lefty definitely needs a good one today to move back into contention.

UPDATE No. 17 (8:35 a.m. ET): The top two players in the world may miss the cut here.

Dustin Johnson almost certainly will as he's in at 6 over. The cut is currently at 2 over and may drop to 3 over. Justin Thomas is in at 4 over, so he'll need some fortune to make it. We'll see, but it seems both will be out of luck.

UPDATE No. 16 (8:12 a.m. ET): Zach Johnson buries a mid-range birdie putt at the 18th and he's your solo leader!

That's a 4-under 67 for Johnson, who rolled in a 20-footer for par at 17 to give himself this shot at 18. The 2015 champ is one ahead of Fleetwood and Kevin Kisner, who just parred his opening hole in Round 2.

UPDATE No. 15 (7:41 a.m. ET): McIlroy just misses a 15-footer for birdie at the 18th. That would've tied the lead.

Still, a par gives him a second straight 2-under 69. He's just one back in the clubhouse. He did it on two very different courses, too, with a firm layout in sunny conditions Thursday and a much softer layout in cool, rainy weather Friday.

UPDATE No. 14 (7:20 a.m. ET): That a man, Tommy!

Fleetwood rolls in a 20-footer for birdie at the last for a 6-under 65, and that boosts him into a share of the lead. Let's note, he began the day tied for 50th. Now he's tied for first.

It all continues for a guy who can go low. He holds the course record here with 63 and shot 63 in the final round of last month's U.S. Open to almost win that. So, the Englishman can really bring it.

UPDATE No. 13 (7:13 a.m. ET): Zach Johnson coaxes in a short birdie putt at the 14th and is now tied of the lead at 5 under!

Good stuff from the 2015 champ.

UPDATE No. 12 (6:58 a.m. ET): McIlroy makes bogey at 15 after leaving himself 260 yards for his second shot at the par 4 and missing his approach well short and left. He needed a 15-footer for par to drop but it didn't.

He's 4 under and one back now Fleetwood is still 4 under with two to play.

UPDATE No. 11 (6:43 a.m. ET): Rory!

McIlroy goes back-to-back with birdies at 13 and 14 and he's now tied the lead at 5 under. He's -3 on the day. Daring play to get there, as he drove into a bunker at 14 and instead of wedging out, he blasted toward the green. He did get it over the lip and near the green and then got up and down for birdie.

UPDATE No. 10 (6:34 a.m. ET): Let's not overlook that Jason Day has birdied Nos. 2, 6 and 10 to move to 3 under overall. He's just two back.

McIlroy bogeyed No. 12, but comes right back with a mid-range birdie putt at the 13th to move himself back to 4 under. He's one back once again.

UPDATE No. 9 (6:29 a.m. ET): Fleetwood continues his charge.

A birdie at the 14th puts him 5 under for the round and now within one of the lead at 4 under overall. Man this guy can go low! Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has started par-bogey-bogey-birdie and is 1 over overall.

UPDATE No. 8 (6:19 a.m. ET): For the second straight year, Justin Thomas is falling apart on Friday after a good Thursday.

The World No. 2 opened in 67 last year only to miss the cut after a second-round 80. This year, he started with 2-under 69 and was cruising at 2 under overall until he made three straight double bogeys from Nos. 6-8 and plummeted to 4 over.

He goes from three back and in contention to now outside the cutline. A brutal, swift shift. Overall, it was a 6-over 42 to start his round.

UPDATE No. 7 (6:02 a.m. ET): The course record holder is showing his stuff Friday.

Tommy Fleetwood (who holds that record with a 63) is 4 under on his round through 13 and 3 under overall. He's rocketed 43 spots to a tie for seventh and is just two back.

UPDATE No. 6 (5:40 a.m. ET): As Tiger opens his round, Rory McIlroy continues his charge.

McIlroy rolls in a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th to move to 4 under. He's now just one back. Here comes Rory, folks…

UPDATE No. 5 (5 a.m. ET): Zach Johnson drains a 20-footer at the sixth for his third birdie in four holes and he's now moved to within one at 4 under!

It may be rainy and cool, but that's only softened the course. And there isn't much wind. The course is still tough, but it is gettable.

UPDATE No. 4 (4:55 a.m. ET): Rory McIlroy birdies the seventh and he's now just two back at 3 under.

Justin Thomas drained an incredible 50-plus-foot putt down a slope for birdie at the fifth to move back to 2 under. Moore double bogeys the 10th to fall to 2 under. Jason Day is 1 under overall through five.

UPDATE No. 3 (4:35 a.m. ET): Look out for Zach Johnson…

The 2015 Open champion birdies the fourth and is suddenly just two back.

UPDATE No. 2 (3:55 a.m. ET): Still pretty quiet so far.

Moore remains 4 under after three pars following that birdie at the third.

McIlroy has begun with four straight pars to stay 2 under. Justin Thomas is also still 2 under after a par-par opening. Tommy Fleetwood has birdied Nos. 4 and 5 to move to 1 under.

An update on conditions: There is rain falling and (obviously) it is quite overcast and dour out here. Nothing too terrible, but definitely not the bright sunny Thursday we got. Not short-sleeve weather for sure. Overnight rain and cooler weather has also generally softened the course a bit and there are 10 rounds under par at the moment.

There could be a nice score out there it seems. Still, the best round on the course right now is just 2 under.

UPDATE No. 1 (2:50 a.m. ET): Welcome to Day 2 at the Open!

You can see the pin positions above. Remember that this is the day where rain is expected, so conditions could get a bit more difficult. The rain is actually expected to subside by mid-afternoon, so the late starters may get a bit of a reprieve. We'll see.

Anyway, nothing huge of note yet early in Round 2. Ryan Moore birdies No. 3 to move to 4 under and within one of the lead. Otherwise, it's pretty calm as we wait for big names to tee off. McIlroy is off within minutes.

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