Adam Scott leads all Australians after moving to 1-under for the weekend at the 147th Open Championship, good for a tie for 18th.
Jason Day and Lucas Herbert are a shot back at even-par, the latter carding three birdies over his first six holes to erase a 2-over opening round and make the cut in a Major for the first time in his career.
Cameron Davis is 1 over, thanks in part to a double on No. 10, while Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith sit at 2 over alongside ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit champion Brett Rumford following a round 1 under 70.
Ryan Fox carded an even round to make the cut on the number at 3 over, Matt Jones and Michael Hendry failed to make the weekend rounds.
Meanwhile, one of the shortest hitters in 147th Open Championship field is trying to again prove that distance may occasionally be overrated.
Zach Johnson, a two-time major winner who is notoriously short off the tee, shot a 4-under 67 at Carnoustie Golf Links Friday morning under wet, windier conditions. He joined first-round leader and fellow American Kevin Kisner in a tie for first at 6-under 136 after 36 holes.
Johnson is far from a bomber—he averaged just 242 yards off the tee on Friday—and is content with playing strategically, hitting greens and making putts. His 30-footer on the last hole elevated him into the lead.
“I think my game aligns itself to this championship,” Johnson said. “My style can play here. I play holes backwards. I take what the golf course gives me and try to execute. You still have to hit a good shot.”
Johnson, 42, won the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews and is trying to become the first two-time winner of the event since Ernie Els in 2012.
“It’s just two days,” Johnson said. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do this week and I’m not going to take anything for granted.”
Kevin Kisner, meanwhile, is seeking his first major title. He was poised to take the 36-hole lead when his approach shot at No. 18 found the Barry Burn and resulted in a double-bogey. That left him at 1-under 70, but he remained encouraged about the weekend. Kisner hit 13 greens in regulation and needed 29 putts, seven more than the first round.
“If I keep hitting the ball the way I’m doing and rolling the rock, I think I have a chance,” Kisner said.
Lurking just one shot behind at 5-under 137 is England’s Tommy Fleetwood, whose 65 was the low round of the day, and Americans Pat Perez (68) and Xander Schauffele (66), winner of the 2017 TOUR Championship.
A five-man pack is tied for sixth at 4-under 138: 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy (69), 2017 runner-up Matt Kuchar (68), Tony Finau (71) and South Africans Erik van Rooyen (71) and Zander Lombard (71).
Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot 67 and moved into a three-way tie for 11that 3-under with Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell, who each shot 69s.
The cut fell at 3-over 145, which qualified 79 players for the weekend. Among them is World No. 3 Justin Rose, who had to make a 10-footer on the final hole to shoot 73 and make the cut on the number. He is the highest-ranked player remaining in the field.
Fleetwood made the biggest move of the day. He had six birdies and posted the only bogey-free round on Friday to get in position to win his first major.
“There’s no sense in thinking about the end game,” Fleetwood said. “For me it’s just to keep doing the same things. I put myself back in tournament and I can move on from there.”
Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods shot 71 for the second straight day to remain at even par. Woods wasted an opportunity when he missed a short birdie on the final hole.
“I played a little better yesterday,” Woods said. “Today wasn’t quite as good. It will be a pretty packed leaderboard and I’m certainly right there in it.”
Phil Mickelson, the 2013 champion, overcame a double-bogey to rebound with a 69 to pull to even par.
The two top-ranked players in the world, No. 1 Dustin Johnson and No. 2 Justin Thomas, both missed the cut. Johnson shot a 72 and finished 6 over. Thomas shot 77 on Friday and finished 4 over. It’s the first time the No. 1-ranked player missed the cut at the Open Championship since Luke Donald in 2011.
Other notables who missed the cut were World No. 5 Jon Rahm, 2016 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, two-time major champions Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyami missed the cut by one shot when his approach shot on the 18th hole sailed out of bounds and led to a triple bogey.
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