10 thoughts on the second round of the British Open

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It was another wacky day from Hoylake that included a pheasant on the green, a Tiger that nearly missed the cut and one of the great two-day major performances we've seen in the last five years.

Here's a summation of everything that happened on the second day of the 2014 British Open.

1. Rory cruising: There's not much in golf like a locked-in Rory, and he was 100 percent locked in on Friday. With all the talk of his poor Friday form swirling, McIlroy went out and dropped a sick 66 that put four strokes between him and the field.

He'll chase history this weekend.

Also, this seems relevant:

Rory McIlroy does a dance with a pheasant. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy does a dance with a pheasant. (Getty Images)

2. Tom Watson is 2 over: And 2 over means he'll play the weekend, which makes him the only man named Watson to play the weekend. The biggest 64-year-old badass out there and he's been incredible at this tournament in his career.

3. Who's going to challenge? There is a host of stars barely trailing McIlroy but you have to think at least one of them makes a move on Saturday. Who, though?

Your guess is as good as mine but these par 5s are just sitting there ready for Dustin Johnson to pounce.

Also, it probably won't be Sergio!

4. This might be the greatest GIF ever: And it was the scariest thing that happened to McIlroy all day.

5. South Africa wins Day 2: It was Italy on Thursday but South Africa took over on Friday as Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and George Coetzee combined to shoot 12 under. They're all inside the top 10.

6. Is this US Open II? It sure looks like the US Open remixed with another star dropping back-to-back numbers in the 60s and leading big after two days. But Rory has a greater propensity for a monster number on the weekend than Martin Kaymer does. I still think there's drama left to be had at Hoylake.

7. This was the funniest exchange on Day 2: It wasn't close, either. Look at the face Bones makes when Phil says he's feeling driver!

8. Tiger twirl: Tiger Woods barely made the cut after a Friday 77 but this stinger-club twirl combo was insanely awesome.

But yeah, Tiger is 14 back of Rory so he probably doesn't care.

9. Weather counted: The golfers who had the late-early draw did not enjoy themselves this week as they got the worst of the wind on both days. 

As noted by Martin Kaymer:

You know who had the good side of the draw? The dude who's 12 under and leading the tournament.

10. Jordan Spieth is not having a good week: Here's a good metaphor for how Jordan Spieth's week is going:

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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