Jimenez sparks, Tiger steady, but John­son lurks in Open

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SPA­NIARD Miguel An­gel Jimenez took the club­house lead on three un­der par and Tiger Woods ground out a sec­ond-round 71 to stay right in the mix on a con­gested Bri­tish Open leader­board yes­ter­day.

Amer­i­can Woods, pic­tured, the world nNo 1, made two birdies and two bo­geys on the front nine and sank a 10foot putt on the fi­nal green to fin­ish on two un­der par along with Bri­ton Lee West­wood and Swede Hen­rik Sten­son.

Ar­gentina’s An­gel Cabr­era led the field on four un­der af­ter nine holes and overnight leader Zach John­son was four un­der af­ter 14, the late starters bat­tling fresh winds and parched fair­ways and greens on the East Loth­ian links.

Woods col­lected birdies at the third and fifth holes but bo­geys on the fourth, eighth and 11th halted his charge and the Amer­i­can waved his put­ter in frus­tra­tion af­ter wast­ing a birdie chance at the 12th.

He main­tained his con­cen­tra­tion, how­ever, to par the next six holes and a fine ap­proach shot set up a birdie on the last which he cel­e­brated with a trade­mark fist pump.

“To­wards the mid­dle part of my round I lost the pace and was blow­ing it past the hole,” Woods told re­porters. “But fi­nally got it fixed at the end. Just got to con­tinue plod­ding along. Con­tinue just be­ing pa­tient, putting the ball in the right spots and try­ing.

“We’re not go­ing to get a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties out there but when I have I’ve been able to cap­i­talise.”

Jimenez, 49, fol­lowed his open­ing 68 with a level-par 71, the cigar-loving Spa­niard draw­ing on all his ex­pe­ri­ence to mix two birdies with two bo­geys in a rock-steady round.

West­wood, seek­ing a long over­due first Ma­jor cham­pi­onship, took ad­van­tage of a hot put­ter to pick up six birdies over the first 12 holes.

He briefly moved to five un­der but had to set­tle for a round of 68 af­ter three bo­geys over the clos­ing stretch.

“I was pleased to be five un­der through 12,” said West­wood. “It was just get­ting harder as the holes pro­gressed, tougher to score, tougher to get it close.”

Of the South Africans likely to make the cut, the best with a com­pleted round were Charl Schwartzel on one over, Bran­den Grace on three over and Ernie Els on five over. On the clos­ing holes were Tim Clark and Ge­orge Coet­zee on four over par, and Richard Sterne on seven over. – Reuters

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