Finau shoots 71, 2 off the lead at Open Championship

Zach Johnson is eyeing a second British Open title and a third major trophy. Will Oliver  EPA

He knows better than most what pressure can do in the final throes of majors, and while he is content with his 4-under score, his excitable, inner-chimp is being controlled.

Once again going with iron off the tee, Tiger went down the left side, flirting with the hazard but caught a good break on the hill and went right back into the fairway.

Despite his globe trotting, the Spaniard's still keeping up to date with the leaderboard at this year's third Major and has picked a few golfers he's got his eye on. "But you've just got to keep a stiff upper lip".

Stars including Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are just a few strokes behind them, well within striking distance should they be able to make a move in the final rounds.

American Zach Johnson carded a four-under-par 67 to set the clubhouse lead midway through a rainy second round of the 147th Britiush Open at Carnoustie on Friday.

As usual, putting was key.

Tiger finished tied for 29th on the day. But he had another poor finish, closing bogey-double bogey for a 72 and is at 6-over 148 for 36 holes.

"I hit a lot of great putts coming down the stretch". But the bone-dry conditions made for thinner and therefore less-punitive tall grass. On that occasion 19 years ago, in addition to the challenging narrow fairways, pot bunkers and wicked rough, the weather was to put it politely, "most foul".

"We got one given for free, actually", Fleetwood said.

With the cut line finishing at 3 over, Woods gave himself some breathing after shooting 71 for a second consecutive day at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. The balls rolled and rolled.

Rory Mc Ilroy has not won a major title since 2014. Gerry Penny  EPA
Rory Mc Ilroy has not won a major title since 2014. Gerry Penny EPA

Fleetwood was raised playing links golf on courses like Southport, Formby Hall and Southport & Ainsdale near his Merseyside home. You can hit drivers.

"Now he can hit it both ways and it makes a massive difference". I wish I could have taken the last four holes back, but it is what it is.

When he arrived for the second round to be greeted by constant rain he changed that philosophy.

Johnson was one of the early starters and by the time Kisner had teed off just before 1 p.m. local time, the grey Scottish mist and drizzle were beginning to give way to the sunshine and blue skies that lit up the first part of the week.

The group of 39 includes a Xander (Schauffele) and a Zander (Lombard), the latter a 23-year-old South African with one previous major participation in his life, yet who briefly held a share of the lead Friday evening before two bogeys, and said: "Yeah, it was pretty cool". "I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th", he said. He teed off in the afternoon, attracted the biggest crowds and was two under after four holes.

Another bogey on the par-4 ninth hole sent him into the turn over par once again, but he quickly recovered with a birdie on the 11th and even got under par briefly with another on No. 14. "I mean, you can roll the ball 100 yards if you wanted to, or you can throw it straight up in the air". Who knows what's going to happen?

"Definitely harder", he said. I could have hit driver, or I could have hit five-iron.

That's an awfully long way.

And he says that, win or lose, he is in a more settled state nowadays. "Fifteen under could win it". It's the Wide Open.

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