Lowry surges into Open lead, Woods set to miss cut

Francesco Molinari of Italy will attempt to defend his British Open championship starting on Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland

Francesco Molinari of Italy will attempt to defend his British Open championship starting on Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland

Tiger Woods of the United States waves to the crowd as he completes his second round at the British Open Golf Championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on July 19, 2019.

It was a moment McIlroy had dreamed about for much of his life.

There's a four way tie at the top, with Irishman Shane Lowry holding the clubhouse lead alongside four-time major victor Brooks Koepka [kep-kuh], Englishman Tyrell Hatton and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

Holmes had earlier carded a 68 to back-up his 66 from Thursday, with Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood one shot further back.

Holmes believes his return to the top of his game owes much to the Dunluce Links course, which he has tamed better than most over the first two days.

Rory McIlroy started his second round at Royal Portrush at 8-over par after a disastrous opening 18 holes, but he put himself in contention to make the cut with a fantastic run up the leaderboard.

"It's more frustrating than anything else because this is a major championship and I love playing in these events", said Woods after his round.

"It's the first time I've had fun on a golf course for a while and you don't expect to do that but it was nice to just enjoy being part of such a great event". But I certainly found the rough more today than I did yesterday.

Shane Lowry of Ireland covered the front nine in 31 to nudge ahead as the weather worsened in the afternoon.

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BEST HOLE: Emiliano Grillo had a hole-in-one on the par-3 13th. He made eagle on the par-4 fifth by driving the green. The 28-year-old Stroman (5-10, 3.25) is set to face Detroit knowing he's likely auditioning for a number of contenders. He drained it, sending the patrons into a frenzy.

He finished 17th in the Masters, second in the US Open after a record-equalling 63 in the final round, 12th in the Open and 35th in the US PGA. Twenty-seven years after Nick Faldo staggered over the finish line at Muirfield, is this wondrous course about to crown another and the long wait about to end?

Afterward, while speaking to reporters, McIlroy was asked to describe his emotions. "Disappointment to not be here for the weekend". I'm very excited about it.

Rory McIlroy, the tournament and hometown favorite, hit a woman (and her phone) with an opening tee shot that ended up out of bounds, made a quadruple bogey, and shot 79. And while that's apparently headed Northern Ireland's way this weekend, on Friday morning Royal Portrush was about as threatening as a perky puppy.

"I feel like the roller coaster ride is going to be there". Is it just a lost cause.

"I literally don't care anymore", he said, standing with his hands on his hips. "And, honestly, I stood here starting this week knowing that I'm playing really well".

'I'm not surprised I came here under the radar, ' he said. "You're so far away you forget about all of the people that are cheering for you back home. That's just the nature of the procedure that I had", said Woods, who goes out again at 10.09am local time on Friday.

Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter both missed out while Francesco Molinari scraped through. "It favors you if you're really striking the ball beautifully".

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