Carnoustie - Zach Johnson came out firing on all cylinders
in the pouring rain at Carnoustie on Friday as the 2015 Open champion moved to
within one shot of overnight leader Kevin Kisner.
The 42-year-old American, sporting his trademark dark
glasses even in the overcast conditions, bogeyed the first but then rattled in
three quick birdies to move to four under par for the tournament at the turn.
Kisner, who goes out later, sits at five-under.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, also moved
to within one of the lead as he picked up one birdie on the outward nine and
then another on the tough 10th hole.
McIlroy's playing partner, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, moved
to three under par with two birdies in the outward nine.
In-form Italian Francesco Molinari, who edged out McIlroy in
the PGA Championship at Wentworth earlier this season, also moved to
three-under with two birdies in the first six holes.
Meanwhile, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who holds the course
record here with a 63 last year, was four-under for his round after 12 holes,
and three-under for the championship.
Australian Jason Day, often touted as a potential Open
champion, made a move with two birdies in his first six holes to go to
However, a couple of Americans who began the day in strong
positions suffered reversals of fortune.
Ryan Moore had moved to within one of the lead but his
charge came to an abrupt halt with a double-bogey on the 10th hole, and he
dropped a further shot soon afterwards to go to one-under overall.
And Justin Thomas sunk to four over par in total after
having three consecutive double-bogeys from the sixth.
Many of the pre-tournament favourites were still to go out,
although former world number one and three-time Open champion Tiger Woods
dropped a shot at the second to go back to one over par.