So what did we learn after the opening 18 holes of the Open Championship? A baked-out Carnoustie Golf Links, with no wind, will yield red numbers—although not quite as much red as other links courses. Kevin Kisner’s 66 was impressive, but if the calm conditions that greeted players on Thursday were seen at other venues on the Open rota, 63s would likely have been the order of the day. Meanwhile, the forecast for Friday calls for darker skies, spots of rain and a generally more Open Championship atmosphere for the Open Championship. So, what does that mean for the second round? In theory, players in the morning wave—most notably Tiger Woods (10:20 a.m. tee time), Rory McIlroy (7:52), Justin Thomas (8:25), Dustin Johnson (8:03) and Brooks Koepka (9:58)—might wind up seeing that they are this year’s hard luck golfers stuck on the “wrong side” of the draw. That’s just fine with the likes of Kisner, who tees off at 12:53 p.m. In the meantime, the rest of the field will still be trying to figure how to attack Carnoustie in hopes of finds a secret that can propel them into the weekend. Once again, sit back, relax and stick with us here for the latest scores and highlights from Day 2.
All times local to Carnoustie
7:34 a.m.: Another example of how the course might be playing different today? Tommy Fleetwood hit driver off the first tee, the first player in the field to do so on Friday. It’s believed that nobody pulled a driver until the afternoon wave on Thursday.
7:25 a.m.: Early signs of a different Carnoustie on Friday compared to Thursday? The first double bogey of the day has been recorded by amateur Sam Locke on the third hole. Took until 8:31 a.m. yesterday for that to happen.
6:59 a.m.: Trying to get caught up on Thursday’s play? Here’s 17 numbers that help summarize the round.
6:38 a.m.: Drops? Drizzle? A sprinkling? Whatever the proper Scottish way to say it, there’s a bit of rain going on as the first threesome of Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke and Cameron Davis is off the tee on Friday at Carnoustie. It’s not enough for more than a smattering of umbrellas to have been pulled. Will it be enough, though to help keep balls in the fairway?