The Open 2019: second round – live!

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Closing birdie for Tommy Fleetwood, deserved reward for a lovely draw sent to 15 feet. The putt’s stroked smoothly into the cup, and that’s a superb second round of 67! He’s the new clubhouse leader at -7 … and he’s the co-leader of the tournament as well, alongside JB Holmes. “With Holmes, Fleetwood and Shane Lowry all in good shape at the moment, what odds on a bearded champion golfer this year?” wonders Declan Keane. “Does the facial insulation help keep the head and therefore also the brain, warmer, to contribute to course management, when playing links golf in the wind? And any idea who was the last Open winner with chin fluff?” Extensive research (i.e. flicking through the R&A’s lovely guide while I should be watching the action) suggests there hasn’t been a bearded winner since 1882, when Bob Ferguson took the title at St Andrews sporting an extremely wide goatee. No sides or moustache though, and a lack of hair on the upper lip might irk some purists. So with Willie Park Sr. (1875, Prestwick) similarly disqualified for lack of tache, despite having a dead sheep glued to his chin, we have to go right back to 1867, when Old Tom Morris triumphed at Prestwick with the full Santa arrangement.

-7: Fleetwood (F), Holmes (11)
-6: Smith (15)
-5: Koepka (17), Spieth (16), Finau (10)

A fine up and down from sand at 15 by Jordan Spieth, who in doing so bodyswerves back-to-back birdies. He remains at -5. Meanwhile up on 18, Tyrrell Hatton nearly drains a long birdie putt, but has to settle for par and a 71. A slight stumble coming home, with bogey at 14 followed by that double-bogey calamity at Calamity, but he’ll be in good position going into Moving Day at -3. Once again he departs the scene all downcast – his only bogey yesterday came at 18 – but he’s playing some fine golf and promises to be a factor this weekend.

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