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July 19 2013

9:13 PM

The Open: Round 2 notes

By Elias Sports Bureau

-- Miguel Angel Jimenez, 49, has never won a major or PGA TOUR event but has sole possession of the lead after two rounds of play at The Open Championship. In fact this is the latest in any such event of his career that he has been alone at the top of the leaderboard. Jimenez has tied for the lead in a second round or later in two previous PGA TOUR events; The second round of the 2001 Nissan Open (with Davis Love III) and the third round of the 1999 WGC-American Express Championship (with Chris Perry).

-- With two rounds completed at The Open Championship, Luke Donald has ended his streak of 15 cuts made. The last time Donald missed a cut was at the 2012 U.S. Open where he shot 11-over par in his first two rounds. Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar, however, both made the cut and have extended their current TOUR-leading active streak of cuts made to 19.

-- After one round of play at The Open Championship, 54-year-old Tom Lehman’s 3-under 68 was only 2 strokes behind the leader Zach Johnson. Friday, was a different story for the 1996 British Open champion, as he shot a 6-over 77. The nine-stroke change ties his worst performance at a major in consecutive rounds, the last such instance occurring at the 2006 British Open. So far this tournament is very reminiscent of his 2006 performance as he shot the exact same scores of 68 and 77 in rounds one and two respectively. However, unlike the 2006 British Open, Lehman has made the cut.

-- The Open Championship is the 16th major event that Martin Laird has participated in. Up until now he has failed to make the cut nine times and has a career best 20th place finish (2011 Masters). He is currently tied for sixth place at 1-under par in part due to a streak of four straight birdies in the second round that spanned the ninth through 12th holes. This is the longest streak of birdies or better of all players so far this week and is also the longest such streak for Laird in any major event. The second longest streak of three straight birdies occurred at the 2012 PGA Championship where he finished tied for 42nd place.

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