The Open: Round 2’s Best, Worst, Stats And Scores


The second round of the 146th Open is in the books, and two-time major champion Jordan Spieth (69) sits alone atop the leaderboard at Royal Birkdale.

The 23-year-old Spieth is at 6-under-par following a second consecutive sub-70 round.

Two back, and alone in second at 4-under, is Matt Kuchar, who posted a second-round 1-over 71. Englishman Ian Poulter and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka are tied for third at 3-under.

Scotland’s Richard Ramsey (70) rounds out the top 5 at 2-under.

Before we head into a weekend and round three, let’s take a look at some of the best and worst from day two at Birkdale.

Best Round

Zach Johnson bounced back from an opening-round 5-over 75 to post the round of the day, a 4-under 66. The 2015 Open Champion finished with five birdies and just one bogey.

Afterwards, Johnson commented, “Today was solid. I made a nice par on 1, and then after that I think I might have hit one errant shot, if you really want to try to pick it apart. Complete opposite of yesterday, clearly. I guess my saving grace last night was I can’t get any worse, one.”

Most Disappointing Round

Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel both shot opening-round 4-under 66s, and many figured the two world-class golfers would be around come Sunday. But both flamed out, terribly, on Friday, with a 7-over 77, and 8-over 78, respectively.

Casey (now at +3) dropped 31 spots down the leaderboard (from T4 to T35), while the South African Schwartzel (+4) plummeted 41 places to T45.

Best Dressed

Hard to pick a player here when most were wearing rain gear or hiding behind umbrellas, so we’re going with Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, who looked pretty spiffy in his new NBC Sports/Golf Channel attire, while walking the course carrying just a mic (and not a bag).


Best Comeback

Rory McIlory was 5-over at the turn in the opening round, and it looked like the World No. 4 was on his way to missed-cut No. 3. (in a row).

But since then, over the next 27 holes, McIlroy has gone 6-under, and incredibly sits at 1-under, tied for sixth.

Unsung Stars

The caddies are always underappreciated – especially on rainy, windy days like today. Try lugging around a 40 pound bag about 5-6 miles, up and down hills, and then throw an umbrella into the mix – all while playing the role of coach/analyst/therapist.


Best Round By a No-Name

Richard Bland and Austin Connelly won the award yesterday, and the two are still hanging around at T6 (-1). But Scotland’s Richie Ramsay has overtaken the duo.

After an even-par 70, the 34-year-old Scott sits all alone in 5th place at 2-under.

Update: Apparently Ramsay is not a total no-name as he finished T2 at the Irish Open two weeks back, and I actually wrote his name in the lead-in. Go figure.

Most Popular Score

29 players in the field shot 2-over 72 on Friday. Twenty-two shot 3-over 73.

Least Popular Score

Only Zach Johnson shot 4-under 66.

Best Shot

Chris Wood holes out for eagle on 18 to end 36 holes at 3-over and make the cut.


  • Just Jordan: Jordan Spieth is the only player in the 156 golfer field who shot under-par both days.
  • Nine-Under: Only nine players in the field are under-par after two rounds.
  • Stat Leaders: Fairways hit (Mark Foster, Prayad Marksaeng: 20/28); Greens hit (Russell Henley: 26/36); Putts (Dustin Johnson, Robert Dinwiddie: 48)
  • Toughest Hole: The par-4 13th hole played to a 4.705
  • Easiest Hole: The par-5 15th: 4.609
  • Bogey-free Rounds: No one in the 156 player field shot a bogey-free round.

Final Scores, Round One

1Jordan Spieth-6
2Matt Kuchar-4
T3Ian Poulter-3
T3Brooks Koepka-3
5Richie Ramsay-2
T6Austin Connelly-1
T6Rory McIlroy-1
T6Gary Woodland-1
T6Richard Bland-1
T10Jamie LovemarkE
T10Joost LuitenE
T10Charley HoffmanE
T10Bubba WatsonE
T10Rafael Cabrera BelloE
T10Kent BulleE
T10Alex NorenE
T10Russell HenleyE
T10Hideki MatsuyamaE
T10Chan KimE
T20Ernie Els1
T20Zach Johnson1
T20Kevin Kisner1
T20Sung-hoon Kang1
T24Ross Fisher2
T24Sergio Garcia2
T24Rickie Fowler2
T24Thorbjorn Olesen2
T24Haotong Li2
T24Laurie Canter2
T24Soren Kjeldsen2
T24Steve Stricker2
T24Matthew Fitzpatrick2
T24Henrik Stenson2
T24Yi Keun Chang2
T35Andrew Johnston3
T35Paul Casey3
T35Adam Scott3
T35Dustin Johnson3
T35Jon Rahm3
T35Kevin Na3
T35Chris Wood3
T35Thongchai Jaidee3
T35J.B. Holmes3
T35Tony Finau3
T45Matthew Southgate4
T45Bernd Wiesberger4
T45Martin Kaymer4
T45Jimmy Walker4
T45Daniel Berger4
T45Charl Schwartzel4
T45Andrew Dodt4
T45Xander Schauffele4
T45Jason Dufner4
T45Branden Grace4
T45Kyung-tae Kim4
T45Peter Uihlein4
T45Alfie Plant4
T45Thomas Pieters4
T45James Hahn4
T45Joseph Dean4
T61Toby Tree5
T61Aaron Baddeley5
T61Jason Day5
T61Andy Sullivan5
T61David Drysdale5
T61Sean O'Hair5
T61Brandon Stone5
T61Lee Westwood5
T61Marc Leishman5
T61Scott Hend5
T61Danny Willett5
T61Young-han Song5
T61Michael Lorenzo-Vera5
T61Webb Simpson5
T61Justin Rose5
T61Tommy Fleetwood5
T61Shaun Norris5
-David LipskyCUT
-Ryan FoxCUT
-Pablo LarrazabalCUT
-Roberto CastroCUT
-Shiv KapurCUT
-Alexander LevyCUT
-Anirban LahiriCUT
-Padraig HarringtonCUT
-Si Woo KimCUT
-Mark FosterCUT
-Julian SuriCUT
-Adam BlandCUT
-Matthew GriffinCUT
-Martin LairdCUT
-Francesco MolinariCUT
-Paul WaringCUT
-Paul BroadhurstCUT
-Russell KnoxCUT
-Fabrizio ZanottiCUT
-Justin ThomasCUT
-Robert StrebCUT
-Brian HarmanCUT
-Kevin ChappellCUT
-Patrick ReedCUT
-Kyle StanleyCUT
-Gi-Whan KimCUT
-Haydn McCullenCUT
-Jbe' KrugerCUT
-Ryan McCarthyCUT
-Ryan MooreCUT
-Tom LehmanCUT
-Byeong Hun AnCUT
-Dylan FrittelliCUT
-Darren ClarkeCUT
-Alexander BjorkCUT
-Connor SymeCUT
-William McGirtCUT
-Bill HaasCUT
-Cameron SmithCUT
-Paul LawrieCUT
-Ashley HallCUT
-Stuart ManleyCUT
-Emiliano GrilloCUT
-Charles Howell IIICUT
-Pat PerezCUT
-Mike HendryCUT
-Yuta IkedaCUT
-Phil MickelsonCUT
-Jeunghun WangCUT
-Stewart CinkCUT
-Prayad MarksaengCUT
-David HorseyCUT
-Shane LowryCUT
-Tyrrell HattonCUT
-Jhonattan VegasCUT
-Nick McCarthyCUT
-Mark O'MearaCUT
-David DuvalCUT
-Luca CianchettiCUT
-John DalyCUT
-Callum ShinkwinCUT
-Hideto TaniharaCUT
-Yusaku MiyazatoCUT
-Maverick McNealyCUT
-Darren FichardtCUT
-Billy HorschelCUT
-Wesley BryanCUT
-Harry EllisCUT
-Louis OosthuizenCUT
-Matthieu PavonCUT
-Adam HadwinCUT
-Sebastian MunozCUT
-Sandy LyleCUT
-Bryson DeChambeauCUT
-Brendan SteeleCUT
-Phachara KhongwatmaiCUT
-Robert DinwiddieCUT
-Adam HodkinsonCUT
-Todd HamiltonCUT


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