SANDWICH, England — On a sunny day when the old-timers shined, the kid made sure he was right in the thick of things at the British Open.
Another major title is still in Rory McIlroy’s grasp, though he isn’t going to run away with this one.
The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland tenaciously carved out a 1-under 69 Friday that left him four strokes off the lead at Royal St. George’s, where just seven strokes will be separating the field heading into what figures to be a wild — and possibly stormy — weekend.
“It was a grind,” he said. “It would be nicer to be a couple better, but I’ll take that going into the weekend. I’m very happy with my position.”
So are a lot of guys, including another Ulsterman.
Clarke shot his second straight 68 to show his younger countrymen a thing or two. Once the face of golf in his country, the 42-year-old became an afterthought when first Graeme McDowell, then McIlroy claimed major titles.
Maybe it’s time for the old guy to get his, too.
“It would mean an awful lot,” Clarke said. “But obviously, this is only after two rounds. There’s an awful long way to go yet.”
“I didn’t hole as many putts as I did yesterday,” the bearded Glover said. “But I’m happy to grind out even par.”
The U.S. has gone five straight majors without a title — its longest drought of the modern Grand Slam era. Glover shrugged off the slump; besides, he could be in line to snap another streak.View Entire Story
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