Spieth leads British Open by two shots

SOUTHPORT, England — Jordan Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the golf course.

He spent Friday morning at his rented house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast that was even worse for when he played in the afternoon.

“It wasn’t a great feeling knowing we were coming into something harder than what we were watching,” he said.

Spieth managed just fine, though.

With a short game as sharp as it has been all year, and a 3-wood that turned out a lot better than it looked and led to an eagle, Spieth shot 1-under-par 69 for a two-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar.

Spieth is the sole leader at a major for the first time since the third round of the Masters last year, when he was runner-up to Danny Willett.

“Anytime you’re in the last group on a weekend in a major … you get nervous. And I’ll be feeling it this weekend a bit,” said Spieth, who was at 6-under 134. “But I enjoy it. As long as I approach it positively and recognize that this is what you want to feel because you’re in the position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds.”

Spieth saved par on the eighth and 10th holes after hitting into pot bunkers.

He sank a 10-foot par putt on No. 8. At No. 10, as the rain was pounding, Spieth could only advance from the bunker sideways, and came up short of the green in light rough — but then chipped in for par.

“Massive,” he said about the 10th. “Nothing said ‘4’ about this hole. I feel a little guilty about taking 4 on the card.”

Spieth then rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt across the 11th green, and after watching Henrik Stenson’s tee shot on the par-3 12th land softly, Spieth realized he could take on the flag. He hit 7-iron to two feet for another birdie, and followed that with a beautiful pitch to tap-in range for par on the 13th.

At the par-5 15th, he learned from watching TV that going a little long would give him a better birdie chance than playing short. He switched, then, from a 3-iron to a 3-wood, hit it a little off the neck and watched it run hot and fast some 100 yards along the wet turf to about 18 feet away.

“I mishit the shot, which is probably why it looked so gross,” Spieth said. “I hit it low off the heel, which is easy to do when you’re trying to carve a cut. And it just … one hop, scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously fortunate to get all the way to the green.”

Kuchar had a 71 while playing in the morning in steadily strong wind, but without rain.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka failed to make a birdie but had 16 pars in a 72 that left him at 137, tied with Ian Poulter (70).

Sergio Garcia hurt his right shoulder angrily swinging a club into shrubs on the fourth hole after frustration with his tee shot. The Masters champion took a painkiller on the fifth tee, and said his shoulder still felt sore after shooting 69, which left him at 142.

“Obviously, I’m not happy about it,” Garcia said, “because I almost screwed up my Brit­ish Open.”

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BRITISH OPEN

Friday’s Second Round

At Southport, England

Jordan Spieth 65-69–134 -6

Matt Kuchar 65-71–136 -4

Ian Poulter 67-70–137 -3

Brooks Koepka 65-72–137 -3

Richie Ramsay 68-70–138 -2

Austin Connelly 67-72–139 -1

Rory McIlroy 71-68–139 -1

Gary Woodland 70-69–139 -1

Richard Bland 67-72–139 -1

Jamie Lovemark 71-69–140 E

Joost Luiten 68-72–140 E

Charley Hoffman 67-73–140 E

Rafa Cabrera Bello 67-73–140 E

Bubba Watson 68-72–140 E

Kent Bulle 68-72–140 E

Alex Noren 68-72–140 E

Russell Henley 70-70–140 E

Hideki Matsuyama 68-72–140 E

Chan Kim 72-68–140 E

Ernie Els 68-73–141 +1

Zach Johnson 75-66–141 +1

Kevin Kisner 70-71–141 +1

Sung Kang 68-73–141 +1

Ross Fisher 70-72–142 +2

Sergio Garcia 73-69–142 +2

Rickie Fowler 71-71–142 +2

Thorbjorn Olesen 70-72–142 +2

Haotong Li 69-73–142 +2

Laurie Canter 70-72–142 +2

Soren Kjeldsen 71-71–142 +2

Matthew Fitzpatrick 69-73–142 +2

Steve Stricker 70-72–142 +2

Henrik Stenson 69-73–142 +2

Yi Keun Chang 71-71–142 +2

Andrew Johnston 69-74–143 +3

Paul Casey 66-77–143 +3

Adam Scott 69-74–143 +3

Dustin Johnson 71-72–143 +3

Jon Rahm 69-74–143 +3

Kevin Na 68-75–143 +3

Chris Wood 71-72–143 +3

Thongchai Jaidee 70-73–143 +3

J.B. Holmes 71-72–143 +3

Tony Finau 70-73–143 +3

Matthew Southgate 72-72–144 +4

Bernd Wiesberger 69-75–144 +4

Martin Kaymer 72-72–144 +4

Jimmy Walker 72-72–144 +4

Daniel Berger 68-76–144 +4

Charl Schwartzel 66-78–144 +4

Andrew Dodt 69-75–144 +4

Xander Schauffele 69-75–144 +4

Jason Dufner 73-71–144 +4

Branden Grace 70-74–144 +4

K.T. Kim 73-71–144 +4

Peter Uihlein 72-72–144 +4

Alfie Plant 71-73–144 +4

Thomas Pieters 69-75–144 +4

James Hahn 68-76–144 +4

Joe Dean 72-72–144 +4

Toby Tree 70-75–145 +5

Aaron Baddeley 69-76–145 +5

Jason Day 69-76–145 +5

Andy Sullivan 70-75–145 +5

David Drysdale 72-73–145 +5

Sean O’Hair 72-73–145 +5

Brandon Stone 73-72–145 +5

Lee Westwood 71-74–145 +5

Marc Leishman 69-76–145 +5

Scott Hend 71-74–145 +5

Danny Willett 71-74–145 +5

Young-Han Song 71-74–145 +5

Mike Lorenzo-Vera 75-70–145 +5

Webb Simpson 71-74–145 +5

Justin Rose 71-74–145 +5

Tommy Fleetwood 76-69–145 +5

Shaun Norris 71-74–145 +5

Missed Cut

David Lipsky 68-78–146 +6

Ryan Fox 74-72–146 +6

Pablo Larrazabal 72-74–146 +6

Roberto Castro 76-70–146 +6

Shiv Kapur 73-73–146 +6

Alexander Levy 71-75–146 +6

Anirban Lahiri 73-73–146 +6

Padraig Harrington 73-73–146 +6

Si Woo Kim 70-76–146 +6

Mark Foster 75-71–146 +6

Julian Suri 74-72–146 +6

Adam Bland 75-72–147 +7

Matthew Griffin 70-77–147 +7

Martin Laird 68-79–147 +7

Francesco Molinari 73-74–147 +7

Paul Waring 74-73–147 +7

Paul Broadhurst 75-72–147 +7

Russell Knox 74-73–147 +7

Fabrizio Zanotti 77-70–147 +7

Justin Thomas 67-80–147 +7

Robert Streb 69-78–147 +7

Brian Harman 70-78–148 +8

Kevin Chappell 73-75–148 +8

Patrick Reed 73-75–148 +8

Kyle Stanley 70-78–148 +8

Gi-whan Kim 73-75–148 +8

Haydn McCullen 73-75–148 +8

Jbe’ Kruger 76-72–148 +8

Ryan McCarthy 76-72–148 +8

Ryan Moore 74-74–148 +8

Byeong Hun An 77-71–148 +8

Tom Lehman 72-76–148 +8

Dylan Frittelli 73-75–148 +8

Darren Clarke 75-73–148 +8

Alexander Bjork 75-73–148 +8

Connor Syme 73-76–149 +9

William McGirt 77-72–149 +9

Bill Haas 71-78–149 +9

Cameron Smith 74-75–149 +9

Paul Lawrie 70-79–149 +9

Ashley Hall 75-74–149 +9

Stuart Manley 68-81–149 +9

Emiliano Grillo 76-73–149 +9

Charles Howell III 74-75–149 +9

Pat Perez 74-75–149 +9

Michael Hendry 73-77–150 +10

Yuta Ikeda 71-79–150 +10

Phil Mickelson 73-77–150 +10

Stewart Cink 77-73–150 +10

Jeunghun Wang 77-73–150 +10

Prayad Marksaeng 76-74–150 +10

David Horsey 75-75–150 +10

Shane Lowry 72-78–150 +10

Tyrrell Hatton 75-76–151 +11

Jhonattan Vegas 75-76–151 +11

Nick McCarthy 74-77–151 +11

Mark O’Meara 81-70–151 +11

David Duval 79-72–151 +11

Luca Cianchetti 75-76–151 +11

John Daly 74-78–152 +12

Callum Shinkwin 74-78–152 +12

Hideto Tanihara 77-75–152 +12

Yusaku Miyazato 70-82–152 +12

Maverick McNealy 78-74–152 +12

Darren Fichardt 71-81–152 +12

Billy Horschel 76-76–152 +12

Wesley Bryan 74-78–152 +12

Harry Ellis 77-75–152 +12

Louis Oosthuizen 78-74–152 +12

Matthieu Pavon 74-78–152 +12

Adam Hadwin 71-82–153 +13

Sebastian Munoz 74-79–153 +13

Sandy Lyle 77-76–153 +13

Bryson DeChambeau 76-77–153 +13

Brendan Steele 76-77–153 +13

Phachara Khongwatmai 74-80–154 +14

Robert Dinwiddie 77-79–156 +16

Adam Hodkinson 80-76–156 +16

Todd Hamilton 79-79–158 +18

PGA BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday’s Second Round

At Auburn, Ala.

Chad Collins 67-60–127 -15

Grayson Murray 67-64–131 -11

Cameron Tringale 65-66–131 -11

Brian Gay 69-63–132 -10

David Hearn 67-65–132 -10

Tag Ridings 66-67–133 -9

Steven Alker 66-67–133 -9

Trey Mullinax 68-65–133 -9

Martin Flores 65-68–133 -9

Scott Stallings 69-65–134 -8

Zac Blair 65-69–134 -8

Seung-Yul Noh 67-67–134 -8

Retief Goosen 69-65–134 -8

Tim Herron 67-67–134 -8

Robert Garrigus 67-67–134 -8

Richy Werenski 67-67–134 -8

Tom Hoge 65-69–134 -8

Willy Wilcox 68-66–134 -8

Ricky Barnes 68-66–134 -8

Smylie Kaufman 69-65–134 -8

Alex Cejka 67-67–134 -8

Shawn Stefani 69-65–134 -8

Sam Burns 68-66–134 -8

Charlie Wi 71-64–135 -7

Andres Romero 68-67–135 -7

Brandon Hagy 70-65–135 -7

Cameron Percy 68-67–135 -7

Chad Campbell 66-69–135 -7

Ryan Blaum 69-67–136 -6

Andrew Loupe 67-69–136 -6

Ben Martin 68-68–136 -6

Steve Wheatcroft 68-68–136 -6

Chesson Hadley 67-69–136 -6

Mark Hubbard 71-65–136 -6

Ryan Armour 70-66–136 -6

Y.E. Yang 68-68–136 -6

Boo Weekley 69-67–136 -6

Kyle Reifers 71-65–136 -6

Shane Bertsch 68-68–136 -6

Dicky Pride 68-68–136 -6

Max Homa 68-68–136 -6

Troy Merritt 68-69–137 -5

Jonathan Byrd 67-70–137 -5

Jonathan Randolph 70-67–137 -5

John Merrick 71-66–137 -5

Jim Furyk 69-68–137 -5

Robert Allenby 66-71–137 -5

Stuart Appleby 71-67–138 -4

Ken Duke 70-68–138 -4

Matt Gilchrest 69-69–138 -4

Julian Etulain 70-68–138 -4

Sam Saunders 69-69–138 -4

K.J. Choi 69-69–138 -4

Matt Every 71-67–138 -4

Robby Shelton 70-68–138 -4

Seamus Power 68-70–138 -4

George McNeill 69-70–139 -3

Tyrone Van Aswegen 68-71–139 -3

Shaun Micheel 71-68–139 -3

Arjun Atwal 69-70–139 -3

Daniel Summerhays 71-68–139 -3

Patton Kizzire 70-69–139 -3

Chris Stroud 68-71–139 -3

Davis Love III 72-67–139 -3

Carl Pettersson 74-65–139 -3

Bobby Wyatt 74-65–139 -3

Grant Leaver 70-69–139 -3

Hunter Mahan 70-70–140 -2

Brett Drewitt 72-68–140 -2

Rich Berberian Jr. 70-70–140 -2

Spencer Levin 70-70–140 -2

Andres Gonzales 72-68–140 -2

J.T. Poston 68-72–140 -2

Chris Smith 72-68–140 -2

Derek Fathauer 69-71–140 -2

Peter Malnati 72-68–140 -2

Craig Barlow 71-69–140 -2

D.J. Trahan 72-68–140 -2

Rory Sabbatini 66-74–140 -2

Blayne Barber 70-70–140 -2

Rick Lamb 67-73–140 -2

Nicholas Lindheim 72-68–140 -2

Tyler Aldridge 69-71–140 -2

LPGA MARATHON CLASSIC

Friday’s Second Round

At Sylvania, Ohio

Gerina Piller 63-68–131 -11

Nelly Korda 68-64–132 -10

Lexi Thompson 67-65–132 -10

In-Kyung Kim 65-67–132 -10

Peiyun Chien 64-68–132 -10

Aditi Ashok 65-68–133 -9

Brittany Lincicome 67-67–134 -8

Chella Choi 67-67–134 -8

Laura Diaz 67-67–134 -8

Sung Hyun Park 64-70–134 -8

Eun-Hee Ji 69-67–136 -6

Prima Thammaraks 68-68–136 -6

Megan Khang 68-68–136 -6

Amy Yang 68-68–136 -6

Alison Lee 67-69–136 -6

Sandra Changkija 66-70–136 -6

Kelly W. Shon 65-71–136 -6

Marina Alex 70-67–137 -5

Brittany Lang 69-68–137 -5

Mo Martin 69-68–137 -5

Jane Park 69-68–137 -5

Emily K. Pedersen 69-68–137 -5

Hyo Joo Kim 68-69–137 -5

Mirim Lee 68-69–137 -5

Thidapa Suwannapura 67-70–137 -5

Angel Yin 66-71–137 -5

Giulia Molinaro 71-67–138 -4

In Gee Chun 70-68–138 -4

Perrine Delacour 70-68–138 -4

Katie Burnett 70-68–138 -4

Emily Tubert 69-69–138 -4

Alena Sharp 69-69–138 -4

Nontaya Srisawang 68-70–138 -4

Min Lee 68-70–138 -4

Jacqui Concolino 68-70–138 -4

Brianna Do 68-70–138 -4

Dori Carter 67-71–138 -4

Kris Tamulis 72-67–139 -3

Ilhee Lee 71-68–139 -3

Kelly Tan 70-69–139 -3

Angela Stanford 70-69–139 -3

Dani Holmqvist 69-70–139 -3

Haeji Kang 68-71–139 -3

Jaye Marie Green 68-71–139 -3

a-Linnea Strom 68-71–139 -3

Simin Feng 67-72–139 -3

Kim Kaufman 73-67–140 -2

Lizette Salas 72-68–140 -2

Bronte Law 70-70–140 -2

Annie Park 70-70–140 -2

Min-G Kim 70-70–140 -2

Demi Runas 69-71–140 -2

Stacy Lewis 69-71–140 -2

Ally McDonald 69-71–140 -2

Candie Kung 68-72–140 -2