British Open leaderboard 2014: Bubba Watson, Adam Scott chasing Rory McIlroy

Stuart Franklin

The afternoon wave is making its way around Royal Liverpool and everyone is still chasing Rory McIlroy.

Scoring conditions were excellent for the morning groups at Royal Liverpool, and thus far the weather has held out for the afternoon too. Weather in the British Open can shift quickly and dramatically and while the wind has been a challenge to read, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the afternoon wave are yet to face a major disadvantage.

With scores going low early, the late groups have significant ground to make up. Rory McIlroy posted the round of the day when he carded a 6-under 66. Several players in the afternoon wave have dipped into the red, but few have made a serious run at McIlroy. Bubba Watson notched back-to-back birdies and is 2-under through six. The Masters champion struggled at the U.S. Open but is fairing better -- at least in the early going -- across the pond.

Scott, thanks to some excellent long-putting, is 3-under on his round. Scott rolled in a long birdie putt at No. 4 then followed it with an even longer eagle putt at No. 5. Scott's game from tee-to-green is among the best in the world. If he continues to have success with the putter, he could be a very strong contender to come away with the Claret Jug. Mickelson's British Open defense is underway, but he is yet to find a red number. He carded a par on his first six holes and remains at even. While that's not a bad score, taking advantage of scoring conditions while they are optimal could be a key to the week.

A few players have had a very rough go of it in the early going, including Ernie Els. Els three-putted from two feet on No. 1, leading to a triple bogey.

That was only the start of the woes. He added three more bogeys in his first six holes and is 6-over through six. Here is a current look at the leaderboard:

Place

Player

Score

Thru

1

Rory McIlroy

-6

F

2

Matteo Manassero

-5

F

T3

Edoardo Molinari

-4

F

T3

Brooks Koepka

-4

F

T3

Francesco Molinari

-4

F

T3

Jim Furyk

-4

F

T3

Sergio Garcia

-4

F

T8

Robert Karlsson

-3

F

T8

Marc Leishman

-3

F

T8

Koumei Oda

-3

F

T8

Rickie Fowler

-3

F

T8

Tiger Woods

-3

F

T8

Hideki Matsuyama

-3

F

T8

Jimmy Walker

-3

F

T8

Yoshinobu Tsukada

-3

17

T8

Boo Weekley

-3

10

T8

Adam Scott

-3

5

T18

Freddie Jacobson

-2

F

T18

Ashley Chesters

-2

F

T18

Ryan Moore

-2

F

T18

Mikko Ilonen

-2

F

T18

Thomas Bjorn

-2

F

T18

Louis Oosthuizen

-2

F

T18

Stephen Gallacher

-2

F

T18

David Hearn

-2

F

T18

Kristoffer Broberg

-2

F

T18

Hiroshi Iwata

-2

16

T18

Brendon Todd

-2

11

T18

Graham Delaet

-2

10

T18

Bubba Watson

-2

6

T18

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

-2

5

T32

Dawie Van Der Walt

-1

F

T32

Matt Jones

-1

F

T32

Erik Compton

-1

F

T32

Ben Martin

-1

F

T32

Branden Grace

-1

F

T31

Stewart Cink

-1

F

T31

Charl Schwartzel

-1

F

T32

Jordan Spieth

-1

F

T32

Dustin Johnson

-1

F

T31

Hunter Mahan

-1

F

T32

Marc Warren

-1

F

T32

George Coetzee

-1

13

T31

Kevin Streelman

-1

12

T31

J.B. Holmes

-1

9

T18

Zach Johnson

-2

8

T31

Jason Dufner

-1

5

T32

Lee Westwood

-1

4

T49

David Howell

E

F

T49

Bernd Wiesberger

E

F

T49

Hyung-Sung Kim

E

F

T49

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

E

F

T49

Darren Clarke

E

F

T49

Harris English

E

F

T50

Henrik Stenson

E

F

T50

K.J. Choi

E

F

T49

Rhein Gibson

E

17

T49

Brian Harman

E

17

T49

Shawn Stefani

E

15

T49

Charley Hoffman

E

13

T49

Brandt Snedeker

E

10

T49

Chris Kirk

E

9

T49

Miguel Jimenez

E

9

T50

Phil Mickelson

E

6

T49

Russell Henley

E

5

T49

Justin Rose

E

4

T49

Tommy Fleetwood

E

2

T49

Oliver Fisher

E

1

T69

David Duval

1

F

T69

Tom Watson

1

F

T69

Luke Donald

1

F

T69

Ian Poulter

1

F

T69

Matt Kuchar

1

F

T69

Oscar Floren

1

17

T69

Roberto Castro

1

15

T69

Pablo Larrazabal

1

13

T69

Michael Hoey

1

13

T69

Gary Woodland

1

11

T69

Kevin Stadler

1

11

T69

Jonas Blixt

1

9

T69

Thongchai Jaidee

1

9

T69

Bill Haas

1

9

T69

Jason Day

1

7

T69

Jamie Donaldson

1

6

T69

Webb Simpson

1

7

T69

Yusaku Miyazato

1

7

T69

Keegan Bradley

1

4

T69

Ryo Ishikawa

1

4

T69

Kevin Na

1

3

T69

Joost Luiten

1

3

T69

John Senden

1

3

T69

Ross Fisher

1

2

T69

Paul Dunne

1

2

T69

Mark Wiebe

1

2

T69

Shane Lowry

1

1

T69

Chesson Hadley

1

1

T97

Cameron Tringale

2

F

T97

Justin Leonard

2

F

T97

Ben Curtis

2

F

T97

Paul Casey

2

F

T97

Padraig Harrington

2

F

T97

Graeme McDowell

2

F

T97

Victor Dubuisson

2

F

T97

Ryan Palmer

2

F

T97

Jamie McLeary

2

16

T97

Cheng Tsung Pan

2

11

T97

A-Shun Wu

2

10

T97

Martin Kaymer

2

7

T113

John Daly

3

3

T97

Rafael Cabrera Bello

2

2

T111

Chris Wood

3

F

T111

Anirban Lahiri

3

F

T111

Thorbjorn Olesen

3

F

T111

Matt Every

3

F

T111

Brett Rumford

3

F

T111

Hyung-Tae Kim

3

F

T111

Victor Riu

3

15

T113

Nick Watney

3

15

T113

D.A. Points

3

15

T111

Brendan Steele

3

14

T111

Y.E. Yang

3

15

T111

Danny Willett

3

10

T111

Billy Horschel

3

5

T124

Angel Cabrera

4

F

T124

Nick Faldo

4

F

T127

Tomohiro Kondo

4

F

T124

Juvic Pagunsan

4

F

T124

Paul McKechnie

4

F

T124

Dong-Kyu Jang

4

15

T124

Brendon de Jonge

4

11

T127

Sandy Lyle

4

11

T134

Todd Hamilton

5

F

T132

Peter Uihlein

5

F

T132

Matthew Southgate

5

16

T132

Tyrrell Hatton

5

16

T132

Scott Stallings

5

13

T137

Masanori Kobayashi

6

F

T137

Patrick Reed

6

F

T137

John Singleton

6

F

T137

Chris Hanson

6

17

T137

Ernie Els

6

6

T142

Paul Lawrie

7

F

T142

Bradley Neil

7

F

144

Bryden Macpherson

15

13

T145

George McNeill

E

10:33 AM

T145

Chris Stroud

E

10:33 AM

T145

Richard Sterne

E

10:33 AM

T145

Jin Jeong

E

10:44 AM

T145

Gregory Bourdy

E

10:44 AM

T145

Matthew Baldwin

E

10:44 AM

T145

Rhys Enoch

E

10:55 AM

T145

Billy Hurley III

E

10:55 AM

T145

Justin Walters

E

10:55 AM

T145

Scott Jamieson

E

11:06 AM

T145

Chris Rodgers

E

11:06 AM

T145

Byeong-Hun An

E

11:06 AM

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