Jordan Spieth on top after day two at Open

Jordan Spieth has taken a two-stroke lead after the second day of The Open.

The American shot a one-under 69 to move to six-under for the tournament

Wild weather at Royal Birkdale led to high scores throughout the day, with two-over considered an excellent round given the conditions.

Overnight joint leaders Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka stayed in touch with the lead, shooting a 71 and 72 respectively.

For Ian Poulter, his even-par round led him to tied-third with Koepka. Scotland’s Richie Ramsay completes the top five with an even-par 70 building on yesterday’s 68.

Rory McIlroy climbed 52 places to tied-sixth with the second-lowest score of the round, a two-under 68.

The lowest score of the round belonged to American Zach Johnson. He was in danger of missing the cut after the first round but shot 66 to rise 101 places to tied-20th.

Southport local Tommy Fleetwood scraped into the weekend’s play, recovering from a 76 yesterday to shoot one-under 69.

Phil Mickelson is the major casualty of the cut, after a seven-over round left him 10-over. Martin Laird’s nine-over round saw him fall from the top five to miss the cut.

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