2013 British Open: Many US Players in Contention Heading Into Weekend

By Andrew Fisher
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With two rounds of the 2013 British Open in the books, things are really starting to heat up at Muirfield in Scotland. Spain’s Miguel Jimenez leads the way at (-3), but four US golfers are right behind him in the top 10. Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson both sit one stroke back at (-2), while Zach Johnson (-1) and Ryan Moore (E) aren’t far behind.

19-year old prodigy Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson all sit just outside of the top 10 at (+1). Mark O’Meara was Thursday’s story after he shot a first round (67), but the 56-year old fell well off the pace on Friday, posting a (78). In total, the United States has 16 golfers at (+3) or better.

But no matter how well the US does as a whole, we all know the talk is going to be about Woods and Mickelson. Sitting just one stroke off the lead, Tiger is in great position to win his first Open Championship since 2006. It would be his fourth Claret Jug overall, and his first Open victory at Muirfield. Tiger shot (E) the last time the event was there in 2002.

Mickelson, however, has never held up the the famous Jug. He’s been very frustrated over the first two days, but he did back off his comments from Thursday on the poor condition of the course. Lefty managed a (74) on Friday to keep close and if he can figure out the quick greens over the weekend, he could be in business.

For those that haven’t watched the last two days – it hasn’t been pretty. The dried out links of Muirfield are giving the world’s best players fits, so we’ll have to see who can rise above. With so many US players still hanging around as we prepare for round three of the Open, there should be some very entertaining golf ahead.

Related: As Expected, Zach Johnson Falls Back on Day Two


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