Day 2 Recap
July 19, 2019

British Open 2019: The story of Day 2 at Royal Portrush in 9 (or so) sentences

Another long day of golf is in the books at the 2019 British Open and we have decided to keep it short in summing up all the action from Royal Portrush on Friday. Here's the story of the second round in 9 (or so) sentences.

1.) Shane Lowry is carrying all of Ireland on his shoulders.

148th Open Championship - Day Two

148th Open Championship - Day Two

Antrim , United Kingdom - 19 July 2019; Shane Lowry of Ireland on the 17th hole during Day Two of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Portrush, Co Antrim. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Ramsey Cardy

The guy is flying the flag (literally) on his golf shoes and flying high atop the leader board through two days. The Guinness will be flowing from the claret jug come Sunday night if he keeps this up.

2.) Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson made history! (In a bad way)

148th Open Championship - Day Two

148th Open Championship - Day Two

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 19: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot on the 8th hole during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Mike Ehrmann

For the first time, Tiger and Phil missed the cut at the same major. Ever. Wow. Speaking of Tiger …

3.) Tiger Woods just wants "to go home."

148th Open Championship - Day Two

148th Open Championship - Day Two

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: Ross Kinnaird/R&A

Ross Kinnaird/R&A

Tiger looked much better on Friday, but his 70 wasn't enough to stick around for the weekend. He also announced he's taking the next couple weeks off, including skipping the WGC event in Memphis. Sadly, there are weekend golfers who play more than this guy these days.

4.) J.B. Holmes played on his high school team as a THIRD-grader, is still good at golf.

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PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 19: J. B. Holmes of the United States reacts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Francois Nel

When you spend two days at the top of the leader board at a major, fun nuggets like this resurface.

5.) Brooks Koepka hasn't "made anything," still lurks.

148th Open Championship - Day Two

148th Open Championship - Day Two

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 19: Brooks Koepka of the United States lines up a putt on the 16th hole with his caddie Ricky Elliott during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Cannon

David Cannon

At five under, Koepka is in great position to finish in the top two for a fifth consecutive major. In other words, this tournament is probably over.

6.) Jordan Spieth has made just about everything, still lurks.

148th Open Championship - Day Two

148th Open Championship - Day Two

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 19: Jordan Spieth of the United States reacts after a putt on the 16th green during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Photo by: Matthew Lewis/R&A

Matthew Lewis/R&A

After scrambling his butt off for two days, Spieth is in contention at five under, trying to win his first event since the 2017 Open. The man loves slow greens. Well, and fast ones considering his record at Augusta. Let's just say the man can get hot with the putter.

7.) The British are coming!

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England's Lee Westwood arrives on the 18th green during the second round of the British Open golf Championships at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 19, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by: ANDY BUCHANAN

ANDY BUCHANAN

Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood (!) are one shot back. Is it his time?! At LONG last?!

8.) Justin Harding went from a near-death experience to nearly leading.

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The South African picked himself up from that bunker mishap gone viral on Thursday, dusted off his pants, and shot the low round of the tournament (65) so far on Friday. Never give up, kids.

9.) Rory McIlroy makes a great Friday charge … but falls one stroke short of making the cut.

A second-round 65 couldn't undo the damage of his opening-hole 8 on Thursday.

148th Open Championship - Day Two

148th Open Championship - Day Two

PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th during the second round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 19, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Photo by: Andrew Redington

Andrew Redington


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