Many surprises and interesting stories have transpired after two rounds of the British Open.
The leading score after the first round was 65, shot by both Thomas Bjorn and young English Amateur Tom Lewis. Tom Lewis' first name was given to him because of great Open player Tom Watson. Tom's brother's name is Jack. You do the math. Lewis stayed in the mix with a round of 74 on day two, easily making the cut.
Dustin Johnson carded a hole in one with his pitching wedge on the par-3 16th hole in round one. That ace propelled him from +2 to even par, and gave him momentum which likely helped him make the cut.
On Friday the ageless Tom Watson carded an ace with a one-hop slam dunk on the par-3 6th hole. Watson hit 4-iron while most of the field was hitting 6-irons on that hole. Amazingly Watson made the cut and will be playing the weekend.
Big Names Missing The Cut
World #1 ranked Luke Donald, after winning last week's Scottish Open, missed the cut after shooting a 75 in the 2nd round. Lee Westwood, world rank #2, also missed the cut. Surprisingly other top 10 players missed the cut as well including Graeme McDowell and Matt Kuchar.
Other notables who aren't playing on the weekend: John Daly, Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera, Camilo Villegas, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Padraig Harrington.
In The Mix
The leaders after day two are the surprising Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover, -4.
Surprisingly Phil Mickelson is playing fairly well, in the mix only three shots off the lead at -1.
The ever entertaining, cigar smoking Miguel Angel Jimenez is one shot back, in a group with former world #1 Martin Kaymer, Chad Campbel and Thomas Bjorn.
Young stars Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy are at even par, four shots back. In the mix.
After two rounds 29 players are within four shots of the lead. With weather worsening on the weekend, there are no clear players who have an advantage. The weekend should be fun to watch.