Tiger On A Tear: Amazing Birdie Has Woods 4 Shots Back At 2012 British Open

After two rounds of play, the 2012 British Open has a new leader with Brandt Snedeker at 10-under. But Tiger Woods is lurking. Also: Saturday's action

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2012 British Open: Results And Scores For Friday's Second Round

Brandt Snedeker matched Adam Scott's record-tying feat on Friday at the 2012 British Open, and Scott nearly kept up with Snedeker. But Tiger Woods' brilliant birdie on his 36th hole means he will be the talk of the tournament heading into the weekend at the Open Championship.

Snedeker tied the Royal Lytham & St. Annes course record that Scott tied on Thursday with his 6-under 64 on Friday, and moved to 10-under for the tournament and a one-shot lead. Snedeker has yet to make a bogey in two days on the course, and has 10 birdies.

Scott, who shot a 64 on Thursday, followed it with a 3-under 67 on Friday, thanks in part to three back nine birdies. He's at 9-under for the Open.

Woods' chip-in birdie on No. 18, by contrast, only got him to within four strokes of Snedeker. But consecutive 67s by Tiger have him at 6-under entering the weekend, and in sole possession of third place — more than enough reason to wonder if he won't finally come from behind in a major.

Thorbjorn Olesen is one shot back of Tiger, at 5-under, after a Friday 66, and five golfers, including British Open champ Paul Lawrie and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, are tied for fifth at 4-under through two days.

The cut line fell at 3-over, eliminating Phil Mickelson, defending champion Darren Clarke, Y.E. Yang, Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer, and both of Woods' playing partners from the first two rounds, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

For a complete live leaderboard, visit Golf.com.

For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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VIDEO: Tiger Woods' Unbelievable Birdie At 2012 British Open

After two rounds, Tiger Woods is officially stalking the leaders at the 2012 British Open. And all it took was a little classic Tiger magic to do it.

Woods finished his day at Royal Lytham & St. Annes with a fantastic chip-in birdie from a deep bunker off the 18th green that gave him his second consecutive 3-under 67 of the week. After landing in the pot bunker, Woods blasted his ball out of the sand and just over the high bunker wall, and it rolled softly in to a loud roar from the crowd.

And it got a traditional Tiger Woods fist pump:

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Woods now sits at 6-under entering the weekend, four shots behind Brandt Snedeker and three back of Adam Scott.

It was just Woods' second birdie on the back nine at the Open Championship this week, and it helped him break away from a pack of five golfers tied for fourth at 4-under.

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For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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British Open 2012: Tiger Woods Opens With 3-Under, Now Alone In Third Place

Tiger Woods started his second round of the 2012 British Open in steady fashion Friday, hoping to close the gap between himself and current-leader Brandt Snedeker, who is at 10-under par. After playing solid golf on his opening nine holes, Woods has done exactly that.

Tiger began his second round at 3-under par after shooting a 67 on Thursday, but found himself seven shots behind the tournament leader. After birdies at holes No. 4 and No. 6, however, Woods has reached 5-under par for the tournament and sits alone in third place. He now enters his back nine holes, where he shot a disappointing 1-over 37 during Thursday's round.

As the weather remains wet and playing conditions remain slow, Woods should have ample opportunity to narrow the gap between himself and Snedecker before his round is finished.

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For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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Phil Mickelson Will Make Early Exit From 2012 British Open After Shooting 78

In hopes of straightening out a swing that has gone horribly wrong, Phil Mickelson made a “very rare” pilgrimage to Tiger Woods’ domain following Thursday’s 3-over 73 finish. Despite his appearance on the practice range following a competitive round, however, Lefty will make an early exit from the 2012 British Open after a second-round 78.

The lasting image of Mickelson’s Open Championship will be of him on his knees searching for his ball in the deep rough on the eighth hole on Thursday, but Friday’s ugly three-putt for a double bogey six on No. 13 pretty much summed up his short week.

Then there was Mickelson turning around to try to lift his ball, lodged against the steep face, out of a green-side bunker on 14. But when things go awry, they really go sideways. Because Phil’s switch-hitting effort left the ball still in the sand but this time against the left lip.

“At this stage of the game, you’re a professional, you’re a major champion, you have pride,” ESPN’s Sean McDonough intoned after Mickelson posted yet another double bogey following his sand struggle, “but you probably want to go home.”

All of that was after coach Butch Harmon said that what he and Mickelson’s caddy Jim Mackay spied about their man’s game -- positioning the ball a tad too far forward in his stance and opening his shoulders, which caused the club to drop inside and led to some really sloppy ball-striking -- should be a quick, easy cure.

“It just felt a touch off,” Mickelson told reporters Thursday. “When I'd hit one solid, it was a pull‑hook. And we're going to go work on it and see if we can get it fixed.”

They didn’t.

“He just doesn’t have it, didn’t have from the get-go yesterday, and hasn’t had it for a couple of months,” Curtis Strange said. “In his last seven rounds of competitive golf, he has not broken par once, and that’s just a complete lack of concentration.”

Whatever it is, Mickelson, who left the course at 11-over -- 21 (!) shots behind leader Brandt Snedeker -- will have a couple more days than he would have liked to work on what ails him.


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British Open 2012: Rory McIlroy Shoots 75, Will Likely Miss Cut

Former major winner and young golf superstar Rory McIlroy has finished his second round of the 2012 British Open, and things are not looking good for the Northern Irish lad. After a solid 67 in his first round -- which put him in serious contention for the tournament -- McIlroy stumbled to an abysmal 5-over-par 75 in Round 2.

McIlory is in serious jeopardy of missing the cut in his second straight major championship should his competitors continue to fire low scores on another wet and forgiving Royal Lytham & St. Annes golf course on Friday. The current cut line is slated at 1-over par, which McIlroy would miss by a single shot.

Brandt Snedeker is still leading the tournament at 10-under par and is flirting with major tournament history should he manage two more birdies in his round, thus giving him an 8-under 62 on the day.

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For more on the tournament, stick with our 2012 British Open StoryStream. For more from around the world of golf, head over to SB Nation's golf hub page.

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British Open 2012 Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker Lights Up Royal Lytham

With Brandt Snedeker on an absolute tear in his second round at Royal Lytham, the oddsmakers have upped his chances of winning the British Open. At 6-under par through 13 holes on Friday, the American who started the day two shots back of Adam Scott and is now 10-under has moved up to 6-1 odds to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday, according to Ladbrokes.

While Tiger Woods -- who ended his first round at 3-under and just three strokes back of 18-hole leader Scott -- remains the favorite at 5-1, Snedeker’s incredible start to his fourth Open Championship boosted his odds from 150-1 when the week began.

Whether Snedeker -- who is flawless through 30 holes and who would shoot a 64 should he par his way in -- is able to keep up his torrid pace as the weather worsens, one thing seems certain: He seems a shoo-in to make his first cut in the Brits’ national tourney.

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British Open 2012: TV Schedule, How To Watch Online And More

Second-round play at the 2012 British Open begins at 1:30 a.m. ET on Friday, and night owls will have multiple ways to catch all the action from Royal Lytham.

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