The Open 2017: second round – live!

? Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Paul Casey, happy birthday to yo-o-o-oooou ? The English nearly man, 40 today, clatters his opening drive on top of the grassy mound to the left of the 1st. His second is arrowed straight at the flag, but there’s no spin on the ball from the rough, and he’s got a 25mph wind coming behind him. So that one’s through and over the green. His partners Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler just about hold the putting surface with their approaches. All three will be coming at the hole from the back of the green. And all are a wee bit short with their birdie efforts. Casey, Scott and Fowler are -4, -1 and +1 respectively.

A miserable 75 for the 2015 champ Zach Johnson yesterday. He nearly starts his second round in depressing fashion, too, fluffing a pitch from the back of the 1st green. But he trundles in a 20-foot par saver, and stays at +5. A big smile as he departs the scene of the smash-and-grab. Pars too for his partners Jason Day, wearing more conventional shoes by the looks of it, as opposed to the ones he bought off Jimmy from Seinfeld, and Sergio Garcia, neither quite hitting long birdie putts. They’re -1 and +3 respectively.

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