The Open, Snedeker in 36 hole Open Championship history July 20 2012
Brandt Snedeker (Getty Images)
Brandt Snedeker claimed his place in The Open Championship history and in the process set a commanding clubhouse target at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Brandt shot a second round -6 under par 64, for a total of -10 under par. He leads by one shot from Adam Scott who had a -3 under par 67 on Friday, and is comfortably placed at -9 under par. Brandt now joins Sir Nick Faldo sharing the lowest 36 hole score of 130, Faldo also shot rounds of 66 and 64 at Muirfield in 1992.
Brandt said was only thinking of trying to keep a bogey off his card as he played the 18th, not about joining Nick Faldo in the record books.
" That was not even on my radar coming into Thursday morning, I was just hoping to make the cut. The golf course is playing more Americanised now, its soft with not a lot of wind, and I have a different mentality this time, I'm playing away from a lot of pins. I tried to just get the ball on the green all day, even if it was 100 feet away. When you're putting the way I have been the first two days you want to get it on the green as fast as you can."
Tiger Woods finished the day birdie,par,birdie, for a tournament total of -6 under par and four shots adrift of the lead, not an unsurrmountable mountain for him to climb, especially over two rounds.
Thorbojorn Olesen of Denmark is in fourth spot at -5 under par and Scotland's Paul Lawrie is also still in contention, tied in fifth place at -4 under par.
Paul thinks he still may have chance, despite being six shots behind;
" What am I now, six shots at the moment? So you're looking to claw a few of them back tomorrow and give yourself a chance. There's 36 holes to go and obviously Brandt has played phenomenal golf to be ten under par, that is world-class to be fair.You've got to keep going and keep grinding away and keep doing what you're doing. Hopefully you have a couple of under par scores over the weekend and you're in there roughly with a chance."
World number one Luke Donald, at -2 under par, still thinks he still has a chance;
"I'm certainly feeling more and more comfortable. It's nice to string a couple of solid rounds together in a Major.Obviously where I am in my career I need to be contending and this was a good solid two rounds and I'm looking forward to the weekend."
Big names failing to make the cut include; Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia, Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Martin Kaymer, Davis Love 111, Ben Curtis, and a very sad Phil Mickelson, who finished at +11 over par. You have to wonder if Phil's career is over, he seems more interested in big business deals these days, time will tell.