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Historic performance: Snedeker ties 36-hole scoring record at British Open
British Open Golf Heal-1
Brandt Snedeker, of the United States, plays a shot from the rough on the second hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes golf club during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at Lytham St. Annes, England, on Friday. - photo by Associated Press

British Open Scores
At Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Lytham St. Annes, England
Purse: $7.75 million
Yardage: 7,086; Par: 70
Second Round
Brandt Snedeker    66-64—130
Adam Scott        64-67—131
Tiger Woods    67-67—134
Thorbjorn Olesen    69-66—135
Paul Lawrie        65-71—136
Matt Kuchar    69-67—136
Graeme McDowell    67-69—136
Jason Dufner    70-66—136
Thomas Aiken    68-68—136
Ernie Els        67-70—137
Steven Alker    69-69—138
Luke Donald    70-68—138
Steve Stricker    67-71—138
James Morrison    68-70—138
Carl Pettersson    71-68—139
Simon Dyson    72-67—139
Toshinori Muto    67-72—139
Peter Hanson    67-72—139
Andres Romero    70-69—139
Mark Calcavecchia    71-68—139
Greg Chalmers    71-68—139
Simon Khan    70-69—139
Kyle Stanley    70-69—139
Bill Haas        71-68—139
Zach Johnson    65-74—139
Thomas Bjorn    70-69—139
Martin Laird    70-69—139
Louis Oosthuizen    72-68—140
Geoff Ogilvy    72-68—140
Retief Goosen    70-70—140
Ted Potter Jr.    69-71—140
Anirban Lahiri    68-72—140
Garth Mulroy    71-69—140
Thongchai Jaidee    69-71—140
Miguel Angel Jimenez    71-69—140
Jamie Donaldson    68-72—140
Ian Poulter        71-69—140
Bubba Watson    67-73—140
Dale Whitnell    71-69—140
Bob Estes        69-72—141
Lee Slattery        69-72—141
Hunter Mahan    70-71—141
John Senden    70-71—141
Francesco Molinari    69-72—141
Jeev Milkha Singh    70-71—141
Rafael Cabrera-Bello    70-71—141
Nick Watney    71-70—141
Yoshinori Fujimoto    71-70—141
Dustin Johnson    73-68—141
Warren Bennett    71-70—141
Greg Owen    71-71—142
Richard Sterne    69-73—142
Branden Grace    73-69—142
Harris English    71-71—142
Gonzalo Frndz-Cstno    71-71—142
Nicolas Colsaerts    65-77—142
Rory McIlroy    67-75—142
Padraig Harrington    70-72—142
Jim Furyk        72-70—142
Fredrik Jacobson    69-73—142
Alexander Noren    71-71—142
Justin Hicks        68-74—142
Matthew Baldwin    69-73—142
Rafael Echenique    73-69—142
Vijay Singh        70-72—142
Aaron Baddeley    71-71—142
Troy Matteson    70-72—142
Brendan Jones    69-74—143
Juvic Pagunsan    71-72—143
Pablo Larrazabal    73-70—143
Charles Howell III    72-71—143
Gary Woodland    73-70—143
K.J. Choi        70-73—143
Ross Fisher        72-71—143
Sang-moon Bae    72-71—143
Keegan Bradley    71-72—143
Rickie Fowler    71-72—143
Adilson Da Silva    69-74—143
John Daly        72-71—143
Chad Campbell    73-70—143
Lee Westwood    73-70—143
Tom Watson    71-72—143
Joost Luiten        73-70—143

Failed to Qualify
Nicholas Cullen    73-71—144
Marcel Siem    74-70—144
George Coetzee    74-70—144
Marcus Fraser    71-73—144
Mark Wilson    72-72—144
Anders Hansen    68-76—144
Koumei Oda    72-72—144
Marc Leishman    69-75—144
Jbe Kruger        68-76—144
Richie Ramsay    71-73—144
Raphael Jacquelin    72-72—144
Y.E. Yang        74-70—144
Justin Rose        74-70—144
Sergio Garcia    72-72—144
Charl Schwartzel    69-75—144
Steven Tiley        72-72—144
Aaron Townsend    70-74—144
Scott Pinckney    68-77—145
Tom Lehman    73-72—145
Gregory Havret    73-72—145
K.T. Kim        75-70—145
Bo Van Pelt        71-74—145
Morten Orum Madsen    74-71—145
David Duval    74-71—145
Stewart Cink    72-73—145
Steven O'Hara    74-72—146
Jonathan Byrd    74-72—146
Ashley Hall        71-75—146
Barry Lane        73-73—146
Sandy Lyle        74-72—146
Todd Hamilton    72-74—146
Alejandro Canizares    74-72—146
a-Alan Dunbar    75-71—146
Ryo Ishikawa    74-72—146
Martin Kaymer    77-69—146
Sam Walker    76-70—146
Michael Thompson    74-73—147
Toru Taniguchi    72-75—147
Robert Allenby    75-72—147
Stephen Ames    74-73—147
Darren Clarke    76-71—147
Daniel Chopra    73-74—147
Lucas Glover    72-76—148
Andrew Georgiou    74-74—148
Troy Kelly        72-76—148
Tadahiro Takayama    77-71—148
John Huh        75-73—148
Justin Leonard    75-73—148
Hiroyuki Fujita    76-72—148
Brad Kennedy    75-73—148
Chez Reavie    74-75—149
Ben Curtis        75-74—149
Trevor Immelman    74-75—149
Alvaro Quiros    74-75—149
Robert Rock        78-71—149
Johnson Wagner    73-76—149
Prayad Marksaeng    75-75—150
Kodai Ichihara    77-73—150
Davis Love III    71-79—150
Tim Clark        76-74—150
Kevin Na        73-77—150
Paul Casey        72-79—151
Phil Mickelson    73-78—151
Elliot Saltman    76-75—151
Angel Cabrera    71-81—152
James Driscoll    76-76—152
Paul Broadhurst    75-78—153
Richard Finch    74-79—153
Michael Hoey    79-75—154
Grant Veenstra    77-79—156
a-Manuel Trappel    74-83—157
Ian Keenan        76-83—159
Mardan Mamat    77-72—DQ

    LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship and looked like he was bent on running away from the field at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
    Not so fast.
    Along came Adam Scott, playing cautiously and picking his spots for three birdies on the back nine to pull within one shot. Not far behind was Tiger Woods, sticking to a conservative game plan and delivering a dramatic finish by holing out from the bunker to set off a wild cheer from 6,000 spectators crammed into the bleachers.
    As the second round ended, this Open was just getting started.
    On another benign day when the only concern was pools forming in the bottom of pot bunkers from overnight rain, Snedeker became the latest player to match the course record at Royal Lytham with a 6-under 64 that gave him a one-shot lead.
    He has yet to make a bogey over 36 holes, the first player to go bogey-free in the opening two rounds of a major since Woods won at St. Andrews in 2000. Snedeker's 10-under 130 tied the 36-hole record set by Nick Faldo in 1992 when he won the Open at Muirfield, and it broke by four shots the 36-hole record at Lytham.
    Even more amazing? Snedeker hasn't hit into any of the 206 bunkers in two days.
    "No bogeys around here is getting some good breaks and playing some pretty good golf," Snedeker said. "My mantra all week has been to get the ball on the greens as fast as possible. Once I'm on there, I have a pretty good hand for the speed of the greens. Just going to try and keep doing that over the weekend."
    Snedeker has never made the cut in three previous trips to the British Open, though this brand of golf is nothing new. As a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2007, he was 10 under through 10 holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines before having to settle for a 61. He picked up his third win there this year by rallying from a seven-shot deficit on the last day.
    "Brandt is a momentum-type guy, once he gets going and starting making putts and hitting shots," said Mark Calcavecchia, another player who doesn't waste time. "He plays quick and he's got the quick tempo and he putts quick. And they go in quick. That's awesome golf."
    What does that get him?
    "A whole lot of nothing," Snedeker said. "We've got 36 more holes to go. A lot can happen."
    And that was before Scott, the 32-year-old Australian, began making his steady move up the leaderboard. He bogeyed the third hole for the second straight day, and then turned it around by smashing a 3-wood that bounced off a hillock to the right of the green on the par-5 seventh hole and set up a two-putt birdie. Scott opened the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then hit two beautiful shots to 8 feet for another birdie on the 18th and a 67.
    Scott, who had a 64 on Thursday, has never been in such good shape at a major going into the weekend.
    "Why I've played good this week is kind of a culmination of everything I've done over the last couple of years," Scott said. "I feel like this is the path I've been going down, and just happens to have happened here that I've put myself in good position after two days at a major."
    Much like Snedeker, though, he didn't reach much more into it.
    "I think you look at the names that are five and six shots back, and it means even less," he said.
    The biggest name was Woods.
    Woods mapped out a strategy for navigating the bunkers of Royal Lytham, and not even a change in the weather — only a breath of wind — will take him away from that. He has hit driver only three times this week. On the par-5 11th, where several players hit driver for a chance to go for the green in two, Woods laid back with an iron. He pulled it into the rough, and it cost him. Woods had to get up-and-down from behind the green for a bogey.
    That was his lone mistake, however. He holed an 18-foot birdie on the 16th hole, and then fooled by what little wind there was on the 18th, recovered by holing out from the greenside bunker with a shot that rolled into the cup for his second straight 67 and a 6-under 134.
    "It wasn't as hard as it may have looked," Woods said. "Because I was on the up slope, I could take out that steepness coming off the bunker and land the ball on the flat. So just threw it up there, and I played about a cup outside the left and it landed on my spot and rolled to the right."
    Woods will find out if his record in the majors still means anything. This was the eighth time he has opened a major with two rounds in the 60s, and he went on to win on the seven previous occasions.