• The Open, Round Two

Tiger plays down electric finish

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Tiger Woods, who chipped in from a bunker at 18 to go to six-under, four off the lead held by Brandt Snedeker: "[The shot at 18] wasn't as hard as it looks, because of the upslope. I had a perfect lie, so I could take out that big ridge. If that ball's flatter at the back, it's a different deal.

"I found a gameplan that I thought would fit this golf course and I executed it, so I'm pleased with that. We got a long way to go, and the weather could come up on Sunday. I figure I play it for how I think this golf course should be played. I have my gameplan, and I know what spots I want to go to."

Rory McIlroy, now two-over after a forgettable 75: "It wasn't the best day out there. I was doing pretty well just to hang in there around par on the front nine. And making a double on the ninth there was sort of the turning point in the round and I couldn't really recover from that.

"Obviously Snedeker is a little bit ahead at the minute, but I feel like if I can maybe get it back to where I was at the start of the day today, somewhere around there, three or four-under going into Sunday, I think I'd still have a great chance."

World No. 1 Luke Donald (68) was surprised more people didn't follow Snedeker (64) in going very low: "I didn't think it was too difficult, but the wind direction maybe threw a few people off. Hats off to Brandt, he's played a great round. There is a score out there, and he's showing that. The greens are receptive. It's a little strange playing in conditions where it's not running as you'd imagine.

"I almost played better yesterday, but the putter didn't behave then."

Snedeker said: "I was aware that I was the only player yet to score a bogey as I was coming down the last and I want to keep that trend going, but I have been lucky I have not been in too many tight spots.

"I think there are two things [behind his improvement on previous showings at the Open] I think the course is playing a little Americanised - there is not a lot of wind - and I have been playing a little more conservatively. Previously I was chasing every pin and you just can't do that and get away with a good score here.

Louis Oosthuizen battled back to level-par © PA Photos
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"I think I have shown over the last two years on the PGA Tour that I can do it at the business end of the tournaments and I am just looking forward to the last two days now."

Adam Scott, one behind Snedeker after a 67: "I think it's a pretty good round - it probably wasn't glamorous, but it was certainly effective. Tough start but I hung in there and picked up shorts where I could. It was a conservative, smart round of golf and didn't get myself in much trouble.

"I'm expecting some of the world-class players to put up a score tomorrow."

Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open winner who is four-under after a 71, said: "I think overall I'm pleased. Hit a couple of poor shots [he had two double-bogeys]. It's exciting walking down 18 and hearing everyone applaud your name. I've not had that at The Open at a long time, so to go into the weekend as one of the last groups is a pleasure."

Graeme McDowell (69, four-under): "It feels pretty good. It's been two of the more benign days you're going to have here. It's a really tough setup, and it's nice to get into the red, and be in position over the weekend. Snedeker is the man to catch, but I'd have taken four-under going into the weekend. Hard work ahead, but I'm right where I want to be."

Padraig Harrington (72, two-over): "It was very difficult early on going out with the wind. I think I played the first eight holes in two-under par, and that was probably as bad as it could have been for those holes. Yeah, it was a bad return coming home. I hit two great shots up 11 to make bogey, I hit a great second shot into 15 to make bogey, and I hit a reasonable wedge into 16 to make bogey. So they all came off great shots. So I really don't feel so good. But that's golf. That's the way it is."

Lee Westwood (70, three-over): "I played a lot better today. I hit the ball well, gave myself a lot of good chances. Hit a lot of good putts, just nothing seemed to want to go in for me. Much happier, I hit the ball a lot better today, so very positive. I hit a lot of fairways. I'm pleased."

2010 winner Louis Oosthuizen, who had a 68 to go to level-par: "Yesterday I was hard on myself, because in conditions like that you need to go three-under par. Today was better, I found the soft shot I was looking for the whole week and hit it beautifully. I just didn't make any putts, even though I had loads of opportunities. If I can shoot five-under on Saturday, I've got a shot."

Simon Dyson after a 67: "Today I got it a lot better off the tee, gave myself more chances to attack a few pins from the fairways, which I did, and managed to make a few birdies. The closing holes are very tough."

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