The Senior Open R2

Clarke contends in quest for historic double

July 25-28
Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lytham, England
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Darren Clarke carded a second consecutive round of 68 at Royal Lytham & St Annes to sit two shots off the lead at the halfway stage of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex.

The Senior Open R2 - Clarke contends in quest for historic double
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“I played nicely. Just the start was a little bit so-so but I kept giving myself chance after chance around the back side, didn’t really make any, and then unfortunately missed a short one on the last which always stings a little bit. The way my swing feels and the way I’m striking the ball, I’m very pleased with.

“I’ve been hitting it well now for quite some time but putting — I’ve been trying to work away at it and get a feel and knock a few in. It’s frustrating when you come off the golf course and you feel as you’ve taken as many as you possibly can and you left four or five out there and that’s what I do every day, which somewhat frustrating, but that’s professional golf. That’s the way it is. You have to keep working at it. One of these days I’ll have a hot day on the greens and everything will be wonderful again.”

The Northern Irishman, the 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year, is bidding to become just the fourth player in history to win both The Open and The Senior Open and in doing so joining the elite trio of Bob Charles, Gary Player and Tom Watson.


He is also aiming to become the first player to win The Senior Open on their first attempt since Paul Broadhurst lifted The Senior Open Trophy in 2016.

American Wes Short Jr birdied the final three holes to reach six under par, one stroke ahead of fellow countryman Scott Dunlap.

“I got off to a great start, and then hit actually a pretty good shot on the sixth hole, and got one of those bunkers and had a little trouble there,” said Short. “Then hit a very poor tee ball on the next hole and made another six, and then birdied the last on the front.

“If you go into bunkers here you will be penalised here. They are a true penalty, and you need to avoid them. I’ve been only in a few, but that was the bad one. So I need to make sure I don’t get in any of those.”

In the hunt for his second Senior Major title of the season is two-time Major Champion Retief Goosen, who won his first over-50s Major at the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship earlier this month. The South African shares fourth place with Bart Bryant and Ken Duke on three under par.

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“Today we were lucky that the weather really died down this afternoon,” said Goosen. “The course played about as easy as it could play. My iron play was a little better today. I gave myself more birdie chances, that was the main key. Today I still hit a few bad ones, but it’s a good position to be in with two rounds to go.

“This golf course is definitely about placing the ball just left or right of a bunker. Depending on conditions, there’s a few of them that you can take on and fly it over them. Pretty much every hole, you’ve got to duck and dive from the bunkers. It’s a golf course that you just can’t flick a driver out and hammer away.”

Also inside the top ten are Senior Major Champions Roger Chapman and Colin Montgomerie – who are also bidding for their first Senior Open victories – and former champions Broadhurst and Bernhard Langer. They are among eight golfers on two under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
SHORT JR Wes
USA
-6
67
67
134
2
DUNLAP Scott
USA
-5
67
68
135
3
CLARKE Darren
NIR
-4
68
68
136
4
BRYANT Bart
USA
-3
69
68
137
4
DUKE Ken
USA
-3
68
69
137
4
GOOSEN Retief
RSA
-3
70
67
137
7
AUSTIN Woody
USA
-2
68
70
138
7
BARRON Doug
USA
-2
69
69
138
7
BROADHURST Paul
ENG
-2
67
71
138
7
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-2
70
68
138
7
LANGER Bernhard
GER
-2
71
67
138
7
MONTGOMERIE Colin
SCO
-2
68
70
138
7
PAREL Scott
USA
-2
67
71
138
7
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-2
71
67
138
15
BOSSERT André
SUI
-1
72
67
139
15
DODD Stephen
WAL
-1
71
68
139
15
FROST David
RSA
-1
72
67
139
15
JIMÉNEZ Miguel Ángel
ESP
-1
71
68
139
15
KELLY Jerry
USA
-1
73
66
139
15
LAWRIE Paul
SCO
-1
70
69
139
15
LEANEY Stephen
AUS
-1
73
66
139
15
PRIDE Dicky
USA
-1
71
68
139
23
ARCHBOLD Paul
AUS
0
70
70
140
23
COUPLES Fred
USA
0
73
67
140
23
LEHMAN Tom
USA
0
70
70
140
23
MCKENZIE David
AUS
0
70
70
140
23
MCNULTY Mark
IRL
0
73
67
140
28
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
1
68
73
141
28
BROWN Simon P
ENG
1
71
70
141
28
DAY Glen
USA
1
72
69
141
28
DENNIS Clark
USA
1
72
69
141
28
ESTES Bob
USA
1
70
71
141
28
FUNK Fred
USA
1
69
72
141
28
GILLIS Tom
USA
1
68
73
141
28
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
1
72
69
141
28
MORLAND IV David
CAN
1
71
70
141
28
TOLEDO Esteban
MEX
1
71
70
141
38
BAKER Peter
ENG
2
69
73
142
38
DIMARCO Chris
USA
2
76
66
142
38
FOWLER Peter
AUS
2
72
70
142
38
LANE Barry
ENG
2
73
69
142
38
LEVET Thomas
FRA
2
74
68
142
38
MAYFAIR Billy
USA
2
73
69
142
38
MCGINLEY Paul
IRL
2
73
69
142
38
OLSEN Dan
USA
2
70
72
142
38
O’MALLEY Peter
AUS
2
72
70
142
38
PETROVIC Tim
USA
2
74
68
142
38
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
2
74
68
142
49
AMES Stephen
CAN
3
74
69
143
49
CLARK II Michael
USA
3
74
69
143
49
EALES Paul
ENG
3
74
69
143
49
EDLUND Dennis
SWE
3
73
70
143
49
ELLIOTT (AM) Gene
USA
3
75
68
143
49
GILBERT Gibby
USA
3
72
71
143
49
HART Dudley
USA
3
74
69
143
49
MICHEEL Shaun
USA
3
71
72
143
49
SLUMAN Jeff
USA
3
73
70
143
49
STREETER Paul
ENG
3
72
71
143
49
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
3
74
69
143
60
ANDRADE Billy
USA
4
73
71
144
60
DURANT Joe
USA
4
73
71
144
60
MAY Bob
USA
4
72
72
144
60
OKUDA Seiki
JPN
4
72
72
144
60
ORR Gary
SCO
4
74
70
144
60
PERNICE Tom
USA
4
73
71
144
60
SPENCE Jamie
ENG
4
71
73
144
60
WATSON Tom
USA
4
74
70
144
60
WOOSNAM Ian
WAL
4
72
72
144
69
GILFORD David
ENG
5
73
72
145
69
GOODES Mike
USA
5
74
71
145
69
HENDERSHOTT Dennis
CAN
5
71
74
145
69
KELBRICK (AM) Steven
ENG
5
76
69
145
69
KINGSTON James
RSA
5
75
70
145
69
MARKSAENG Prayad
THA
5
72
73
145
69
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
5
70
75
145
69
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
5
74
71
145
69
SANDELIN Jarmo
SWE
5
70
75
145
69
SCOTT Peter
ENG
5
70
75
145
69
TANIGAWA Ken
USA
5
74
71
145
69
WIRATCHANT Thaworn
THA
5
74
71
145
81
CAMPBELL Michael
NZL
6
71
75
146
81
FISH Richard
ENG
6
74
72
146
81
FOSTER (AM) Trevor A
ENG
6
74
72
146
81
LYLE Sandy
SCO
6
73
73
146
81
SHACKLADY David
ENG
6
72
74
146
81
TAYLOR Ian
ENG
6
76
70
146
81
TURNER Greg
NZL
6
73
73
146
81
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
6
73
73
146
89
BOROS Guy
USA
7
74
73
147
89
CRERAR Andrew
SCO
7
73
74
147
89
EVANS Gary
ENG
7
76
71
147
89
LUNA Santiago
ESP
7
74
73
147
89
OLAZÁBAL José María
ESP
7
73
74
147
89
PATE Jerry
USA
7
73
74
147
89
ROBB Nicholas
AUS
7
75
72
147
89
WADE John
AUS
7
77
70
147
97
FLEMING Tim
USA
8
77
71
148
97
JAMES Mark
ENG
8
77
71
148
97
JONES Kent
USA
8
78
70
148
97
NICKLAUS Gary
USA
8
76
72
148
97
SMYTH Des
IRL
8
75
73
148
102
BOWDEN Craig
USA
9
77
72
149
102
MIZE Larry
USA
9
73
76
149
102
STEVENSON Mark
ENG
9
73
76
149
102
SUZUKI Toru
JPN
9
78
71
149
102
TENBROECK Lance
USA
9
78
71
149
102
TERANISHI Akira
JPN
9
72
77
149
102
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
9
74
75
149
109
CAMERON Bob
ENG
10
74
76
150
109
CHAMBLEE Brandel
USA
10
76
74
150
109
KAMI Kumar
NEP
10
71
79
150
109
NILSSON Yngve
SWE
10
76
74
150
113
BRIER Markus
AUT
11
76
75
151
113
COCERES José
ARG
11
75
76
151
113
GOLDING Philip
ENG
11
74
77
151
113
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
11
75
76
151
113
MCWILLIAMS (AM) Robby
USA
11
74
77
151
113
MILLS David
ENG
11
77
74
151
113
MONASTERIO Cesar
ARG
11
77
74
151
113
SABARROS Roger
FRA
11
75
76
151
121
CASADO Victor
ESP
12
75
77
152
121
COCHRAN Russ
USA
12
76
76
152
121
FARRY Marc
FRA
12
77
75
152
124
JAMES Bret
USA
13
72
81
153
125
COOPER Brian
USA
14
78
76
154
125
SANSOME (AM) Steve
ENG
14
79
75
154
127
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
15
77
78
155
127
CROWTHER (AM) Ian
ENG
15
78
77
155
127
RICHARDSON Steven
ENG
15
74
81
155
127
ROCCA Costantino
ITA
15
77
78
155
127
SIMPSON Scott
USA
15
78
77
155
127
THELEN Tim
USA
15
77
78
155
133
AFFLECK Paul
WAL
16
78
78
156
133
LACY (AM) Garry
ENG
16
79
77
156
135
LEET David
ENG
17
77
80
157
135
MITCHELL Peter
ENG
17
78
79
157
137
FARR Graham
WAL
18
80
78
158
138
WIEDERKEHR Robert
SUI
19
79
80
159
139
FRANCIS (AM) Andrew
ENG
20
80
80
160
140
GEORGE Andrew
ENG
21
83
78
161
140
OAKLEY Pete
USA
21
79
82
161
140
SWEET Nigel
ENG
21
83
78
161
143
CHARLTON Darren
ENG
23
84
79
163
144
NICHOLAS Geoffrey
AUS
34
88
86
174