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Jordan Spieth takes charge with two-shot lead at halfway stage of Open

• Texan braves tough conditions to lead from fellow American Matt Kuchar
• England’s rejuvenated Ian Poulter in tie for third place after level-par 70

Certainty is a dangerous emotion in golfing context. Which does not stop it appearing. As Jordan Spieth converted for 20ft for an eagle at Royal Birkdale’s 15th, his Open lead stretched to three, everyone else was expected to play for second. Spieth was odds-on to prevail.

On a day which showed how the elements can reduce the world’s best golfers to quivering wrecks and a stoppage was necessary because of flooded greens, the Weatherman had emphasised how a nickname earned in college was as apt in his professional pomp.

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