2014 British Open scores: Rory McIlroy leads, Dustin Johnson goes low

Stuart Franklin

McIlroy improved his status at the top of the British Open leaderboard, but a long list of top players remain in pursuit.

The afternoon, with strong winds blowing, was supposed to be the toughest time at Royal Liverpool on Friday. The morning wave played through some gusty conditions with several players struggling to post red numbers. The wind was supposed to continue and with the course drying up, the afternoon wave figured to be in store for a brutal round. Then, the wind died down and the late players went pin seeking. That's just the nature of the British Open.

Rory McIlroy was among the players who took advantage of the afternoon conditions. He began the day in the lead and that's exactly where he remained. Although he started with a bogey, it was his only dropped shot of the day and he carded seven birdies on his way to a second straight 66. Friday has been a troublesome day for McIlroy this year, but he overcame those demons to increase his lead to four strokes. At 12-under, he's in great position heading into the weekend.

McIlroy would have had the best round of the day if not for Dustin Johnson. The long-hitting Johnson also took advantage of the afternoon calm and turned in a bogey-free round of 65. Johnson played the par-5s at even during his opening-round 71. It was a different story in the second round when he carded three of his seven birdies on the par-5s. With the strong round, Johnson improved to 8-under and will join McIlroy in the final pairing on Saturday.

The top half of the leaderboard isn't short on notable names. Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen are among the players tied for third at 6-under. Jim Furyk is 5-under while Jimmy Walker is 4-under. Adam Scott at 3-under and Justin Rose at 2-under are also in the top 20 heading into moving day.

Tiger Woods is not among those players. He was unable to follow up his opening-round 69 with any success. He started the day with a double-bogey and followed it with a bogey on No. 2 to begin 3-over through two. He then ripped off 14 straight pars before running into serious trouble at No. 17. An errant shot and poor chip left him really scrambling. He wound up making a triple-bogey on the hole and made the cut at 2-over only because of a birdie on No. 18.

Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els and Harris English were among the players who missed the cut. Here is a complete look at the scores through 36 holes:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

1

Rory McIlroy

-12

66

66

2

Dustin Johnson

-8

71

65

T3

Francesco Molinari

-6

68

70

T3

Ryan Moore

-6

70

68

T3

Rickie Fowler

-6

69

69

T3

Sergio Garcia

-6

68

70

T3

Charl Schwartzel

-6

71

67

T3

Louis Oosthuizen

-6

70

68

T9

George Coetzee

-5

70

69

T9

Jim Furyk

-5

68

71

T9

Marc Warren

-5

71

68

T12

Robert Karlsson

-4

69

71

T12

Jimmy Walker

-4

69

71

T12

Victor Dubuisson

-4

74

66

T15

Adam Scott

-3

68

73

T15

Marc Leishman

-3

69

72

T15

Edoardo Molinari

-3

68

73

T15

Thomas Bjorn

-3

70

71

T19

Bill Haas

-2

70

72

T19

Justin Rose

-2

72

70

T19

David Howell

-2

72

70

T19

Matteo Manassero

-2

67

75

T19

Stephen Gallacher

-2

70

72

T24

Shane Lowry

-1

68

75

T24

Byeong-Hun An

-1

72

71

T24

Branden Grace

-1

71

72

T24

Hideki Matsuyama

-1

69

74

T24

Graeme McDowell

-1

74

69

T24

David Hearn

-1

70

73

T24

Kristoffer Broberg

-1

70

73

T31

D.A. Points

E

75

69

T31

Gary Woodland

E

75

69

T31

Thongchai Jaidee

E

72

72

T31

Phil Mickelson

E

74

70

T31

Jason Dufner

E

70

74

T31

Keegan Bradley

E

73

71

T31

Gregory Bourdy

E

75

69

T31

Chris Rodgers

E

73

71

T31

Ben Martin

E

71

73

T31

Darren Clarke

E

72

72

T31

Matt Kuchar

E

73

71

T31

Hunter Mahan

E

71

73

T43

Kevin Stadler

1

73

72

T43

Chris Kirk

1

71

74

T43

Martin Kaymer

1

73

72

T43

John Senden

1

71

74

T43

Billy Hurley III

1

73

72

T43

Matt Jones

1

71

74

T43

Chris Wood

1

75

70

T43

Brooks Koepka

1

68

77

T43

Paul Casey

1

74

71

T43

Henrik Stenson

1

72

73

T43

Angel Cabrera

1

76

69

T43

Ryan Palmer

1

74

71

T43

Brian Harman

1

72

73

T56

Jamie McLeary

2

73

73

T56

Charley Hoffman

2

74

72

T56

Kevin Streelman

2

72

74

T56

Brendon Todd

2

73

73

T56

Brandt Snedeker

2

74

72

T56

Jason Day

2

73

73

T56

Zach Johnson

2

71

75

T56

Kevin Na

2

76

70

T56

Koumei Oda

2

69

77

T56

Thorbjorn Olesen

2

75

71

T56

Stewart Cink

2

71

75

T56

Tom Watson

2

73

73

T56

Luke Donald

2

73

73

T56

Matt Every

2

75

71

T56

Tiger Woods

2

69

77

T56

Jordan Spieth

2

71

75

T56

Rhein Gibson

2

72

74

Cut line 2-over

T73

Hiroshi Iwata

3

70

77

T73

Shawn Stefani

3

73

74

T73

Nick Watney

3

72

75

T73

Graham Delaet

3

71

76

T73

Lee Westwood

3

71

76

T73

Rafael Cabrera Bello

3

70

77

T73

Oliver Fisher

3

72

75

T73

Dawie Van Der Walt

3

71

76

T73

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

3

72

75

T73

Ashley Chesters

3

70

77

T73

Justin Leonard

3

74

73

T73

K.J. Choi

3

72

75

T73

Ian Poulter

3

73

74

T73

Paul McKechnie

3

76

71

T73

Yoshinobu Tsukada

3

69

78

T73

Oscar Floren

3

73

74

T89

Brendon de Jonge

4

78

70

T89

Cheng Tsung Pan

4

74

74

T89

Boo Weekley

4

69

79

T89

Danny Willett

4

74

74

T89

Miguel Jimenez

4

75

73

T89

Bubba Watson

4

76

72

T89

Billy Horschel

4

73

75

T89

Ryo Ishikawa

4

74

74

T89

Ross Fisher

4

74

74

T89

John Daly

4

77

71

T89

Paul Dunne

4

75

73

T89

Cameron Tringale

4

74

74

T89

Erik Compton

4

71

77

T89

Hyung-Sung Kim

4

72

76

T89

Freddie Jacobson

4

70

78

T89

Ben Curtis

4

74

74

T89

Mikko Ilonen

4

70

78

T89

Harris English

4

72

76

T89

Brett Rumford

4

75

73

T89

John Singleton

4

78

70

T89

Hyung-Tae Kim

4

75

73

T110

Scott Stallings

5

75

74

T110

Yusaku Miyazato

5

72

77

T110

George McNeill

5

76

73

T110

Rhys Enoch

5

73

76

T110

Patrick Reed

5

78

71

T110

Juvic Pagunsan

5

76

73

T116

Jonas Blixt

6

75

75

T116

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

6

74

76

T116

Tommy Fleetwood

6

74

76

T116

Matthew Baldwin

6

76

74

T116

Anirban Lahiri

6

75

75

T121

Victor Riu

7

74

77

T121

Y.E. Yang

7

75

76

T121

A-Shun Wu

7

75

76

T121

J.B. Holmes

7

74

77

T121

Jamie Donaldson

7

79

72

T121

Chesson Hadley

7

79

72

T121

Justin Walters

7

77

74

T121

Masanori Kobayashi

7

78

73

T121

Bernd Wiesberger

7

72

79

T121

Todd Hamilton

7

77

74

T131

Tyrrell Hatton

8

75

77

T131

Pablo Larrazabal

8

75

77

T131

Ernie Els

8

79

73

T131

Richard Sterne

8

73

79

T131

David Duval

8

73

79

T131

Padraig Harrington

8

74

78

T137

Webb Simpson

9

76

77

T137

Nick Faldo

9

76

77

T137

Tomohiro Kondo

9

76

77

T140

Brendan Steele

10

74

80

T140

Scott Jamieson

10

77

77

T140

Paul Lawrie

10

79

75

T143

Roberto Castro

11

74

81

T143

Russell Henley

11

75

80

T143

Jin Jeong

11

77

78

T143

Bradley Neil

11

79

76

T143

Chris Hanson

11

81

74

T148

Matthew Southgate

12

80

76

T148

Chris Stroud

12

79

77

T148

Peter Uihlein

12

77

79

T151

Dong-Kyu Jang

13

78

79

T151

Joost Luiten

13

81

76

T151

Mark Wiebe

13

79

78

154

Sandy Lyle

22

82

84

155

Bryden Macpherson

26

90

80

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