British Open: Darren Clarke, Lucas Glover share lead after two rounds

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“It wasn’t the prettiest of days golfwise, but I’ll take where I stand in the championship,” Bjorn said.

So will Jimenez, even with Bjorn at 137 after shooting 71.

“I’m one shot behind,” the Spaniard said. “I put my breath on the back on the players, and they’re going to feel myself coming from behind. Be careful.”

The opening round produced a pair of unlikely leaders. Bjorn had missed the cut in four of five events before he got to Royal St. George’s, his game in disarray, his heart heavy after the death of his father, and lugging around plenty of baggage at this place.

Eight years ago, Bjorn squandered a two-stroke lead in the final three holes, allowing Ben Curtis to sneak away with one of golf’s most improbable wins.

Getting into the tournament on Monday as an alternate when Vijay Singh dropped out, Bjorn played only one practice round, then went out and shot a 65.

So did 20-year-old Tom Lewis, who became the first amateur to lead the Open since 1968, the first to pace any major since Mike Reid at the 1976 U.S. Open.

But Reid seemed more his age in the second round, bogeying the final two holes for a 74 that dropped him three strokes off the pace. At No. 18, Lewis knocked his approach over the green, striking a fence post in front of the grandstands and forcing him to play a chip off a gravel road.

Still, he’s made it through to the weekend — his primary goal.

“If you asked me that two days ago, I would have taken it,” Lewis said. “But at this moment, it doesn’t feel so good.”

At least he had a good view for the shot of the day.

Playing partner Tom Watson, the five-time Open champion Lewis is named after, sent a charge through the place with a hole-in-one at the sixth.

Pulling out a 4-iron, Watson sent the ball soaring to the green, then it bounced once before dropping into the cup. The 61-year-old threw both arms in the air, high-fived Henrik Stenson, shook hands with Lewis, then took a bow toward the grandstand.

“Wish I could have seen it go in,” Watson said as he walked toward the hole to retrieve the second hole-in-one at this Open. Johnson had an ace in the opening round.

Watson missed some short putts, though, and finished with a 70 for a 142, good enough to send him through to the weekend.

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