The second round of the 2013 British Open is underway, and there has been no early morning birdie run like we witnessed on Thursday with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Darren Clarke, the 2011 Open Champion, has made the biggest move so far with three birdies in his first five holes to get to 2-under for the Championship. Clarke has not done much on either the PGA or European Tour since his career-definining win at Royal St. George's two years ago, but his track record and familiarity with the links-style courses on The Open rota always make him a threat. Much like a Tom Lehman or Mark O'Meara, Clarke's comfort at this major and the firm and fast conditions can even out the age disadvantage he has at the start of the week.
On the opposite end of the age spectrum is Jordan Spieth, who started the day three shots back of leader Zach Johnson. The conventional wisdom is that the earliest morning tee times have the edge, with a course that's not as dried out and quick and with greens that are fresh. Spieth is already through his first seven holes, which he's started with seven steady pars. The 19-year-old has already stated he's far surpassed any goals and expectations he set for himself this season, but coming off last week's win at the John Deere, this is truly an incredible performance and could be a harbinger of the great things to come from the Dallas native. Spieth has made just one bogey through his first 25 holes at a Muirfield course where huge numbers are threatening on almost every tee.
Henrik Stenson, who ascended up the world rankings with his 2009 Players Championship, is 1-under through his first five holes and is now three shots back of Johnson. Stenson completely fell off the map and wandered in search of his game after that Players win, but he's regained some form over the past 12 months and was a trendy pick to contend this week. He opened with a birdie and has a chance to make an early charge before the leader Johnson ever gets to the course.
Old timers Tom Lehman and Mark O'Meara haven't quite found the magic that pushed them inside the top 10 on Thursday. O'Meara has dropped four shots through his first 11 holes and is now even-par for the championship. Lehman is 1-over on the day but still hanging on tied for seventh with Spieth and others at 2-under. Lehman's been one of the most consistent players on the Champions Tour, but this is yet another throwback performance.
Here's a current snapshot of the early leaderboard with Tiger Woods just getting out on the course. Unlike Thursday's first round, Woods put his first tee shot of the day in the middle of the fairway and went on to make a clean par at No. 1.
|Zach Johnson||-5||10:07 a.m.|
|Rafael Cabrera-Bello||-4||7:50 a.m.|
|Miguel A. Jimenez||-3||7:39 a.m.|
|Dustin Johnson||-3||8:45 a.m.|
|Brandt Snedeker||-3||9:12 a.m.|
|Shiv Kapur||-3||5:39 a.m.|