6 pre-tournament contenders who crashed out of the British Open

Asked about the possibility of becoming the first Englishman to win a British Open in 26 years, Fleetwood said: "It would be very special".

After two rounds Spieth is tied for 11th, three shots behind housemates Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner. The last time the Open was played at Carnoustie, Irishman Padraig Harrington took home the Claret Jug in 2007.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson also are well within contention at even par, just six shots back.

Dustin Johnson became the first world number one to miss the cut at The Open since Luke Donald in 2011.

The Scot, who to his great regret was passed over for the Ryder Cup captaincy handed to his major-winning peers Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam - though he was an assistant to the latter for the win at the K Club in 2006 - was taught to play by his late father, Alex, and says his swing is still recognisably the original model, albeit about two feet shorter.

Johnson was at 6-under 136 and had to wait to see if it would hold up. Rose is No. 3 and almost joined them until he made an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole to make the cut on the number. "I've been called Dustin many times".

Former Georgia golfer had a chance to head into the weekend as the sole leader of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, but as has happened to so many golfers before him, the Barry Burn got him. His low ball flight, grinding nature and good putting give him the right ingredients. So, yeah, I think it was important for me to get my first time out of the way.

Kisner is a newcomer to what amounts to an American fraternity house at golf's oldest championship the last three years.

Nor should he. Zach Johnson, victor of a Masters and that British Open, has put himself in fantastic position to have his name engraved on the cherished Claret Jug for a second time.

Right about the time Bernhard Langer, playing in his 31st British Open, was standing before a small group of reporters discussing his impressive accomplishment of making the cut at age 60, Justin Rose was standing on the 18th green sweating over a 15-foot putt he needed to drain to make the cut and play the weekend at Carnoustie.

"One of my main thoughts this week has been to just let it go". He missed and made birdie. Sixty-two putts in 36 holes is never going to get it done at major championship level.

"I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left", explained Woods. Spieth hit 8-iron through a gap in the trees for a birdie-birdie start to the back nine, and he dropped only one shot - not four like he did on Thursday - over the four closing holes at Carnoustie for a 67.

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