American Brandt Snedeker produced a sublime 36 holes of golf at Royal Lytham to equal Nick Faldo’s record for the lowest score posted at the half way stage of an Open Championship and lead the way by a shot over an almost equally impressive Adam Scott (Brandt Snedeker 9/2 to win The Open). Snedeker has yet to card a bogey in a tournament where only 27 of the 156 entering are under par for their totals after two rounds. He is sure to get tested over the weekend, however if he can continue working his way round the course in this manner he may well be hard to stop.
Adam Scott followed up a superb opening round with a solid second round, carding four birdies on his way to a 67 (Adam Scott 11/4 to win The Open). The Australian is still looking for his first Major championship and this could be one of his best opportunities, as he lies five shots clear of a group of five players who are tied fifth. Lurking in behind four shots off the lead at six-under par is that man Tiger Woods. He is desperate to finally get back to winning ways on the Major front as he tracks down Jack Nicklaus’s total of 18. A win here would be huge for the former world No.1 and could well spark a return back to the imperious Tiger that dominated the 2000s (Tiger Woods 11/4 to win The Open).
Danish Thorbjorn Olesen is a shot further back at five-under par with a couple of solid rounds and then a group of five players will believe they are still in with a great shout on four-under par, with the likes of Graeme Mcdowell, Matt Kuchar and Paul Lawrie all in a good position (Graeme Mcdowell 16/1 to win The Open). If the winds pick up over the next two days it could well be a superb weekend of golf ahead with anyone in and around par capable of winning it, however if conditions play like the opening two days it may well be tough to stop the three at the top and we could well be seeing the return of one of the greatest of all time.
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