Southport - Matt Kuchar remained a joint leader at the British Open on
five under par as he hit the turn in his second round on Friday morning.
The giant American shot 65 in his first round after going
out in just 29, but he found the going a little tougher on the front nine of
his second round in breezy conditions.
He recovered from a bogey at the 2nd with birdies at the 3rd
and the short 4th to go to six under par for the championship, before expertly
saving par at the difficult 6th hole after hitting his approach shot into thick
long grass to the back of the green.
However, a bogey at the 8th saw him rejoin compatriots Jordan
Spieth and Brooks Koepka, with whom he shared the overnight lead, on
Meanwhile, former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South
Africa had briefly joined the leaders on five-under with a birdie at the
par-three 4th hole.
But he got himself into trouble at the 5th, needing to take
a drop and eventually picking up a double-bogey to slip back to three under par
Further back, Rory McIlroy built on the momentum of his
strong finish to his first round by recording birdies at two of his opening
three holes on Friday to go one under par for the tournament.
Spieth tees off at15:48 with Koepka following
soon after at 17:10.