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Danny Wil­lett Jon Rahm Justin Rose Chris­ti­aan Bezuiden­hout Hen­rik Sten­son

Paul Casey Billy Horschel Vik­tor Hov­land Shub­hankar Sharma Tony Finau An­drew Put­man Richie Ram­sey Francesco Moli­nari Rafael Cabr­era Ni­co­las Col­saerts An­drew John­son af­ter a 68 to go with his first-round 67 on Thurs­day.

It has been a gutsy per­for­mance by the world No 4 con­sid­er­ing the fact he ar­rived here with a jarred knee. “I slipped as I was get­ting into the swim­ming pool on the stag do of my agent [Paul Mc­don­nell] in the south of France last Thurs­day,” he said. “Hon­estly, I’d only been there for half an hour and as stag-do in­juries go, it was pretty tame.

“It hurt when I woke this morn­ing, but it’s OK when I’m swing­ing the club. I’m re­ally pleased to be where I am, if I think that I didn’t have much of a prepa­ra­tion.”

Again, the at­ten­dance tipped the 20,000 mark and the 25,000-plus ex­pected to­day will have the bonus of watch­ing Rory Mcil­roy out among the early starters. The world No 2 gal­lantly fought his way in­side the cut-mark, start­ing at four over and shoot­ing a 69 to ad­vance to one over.

There was a chip-in birdie on the 16th and a nervy par on the 18th, when he holed a four-footer for the nec­es­sary par. Ev­ery­one breathed a sigh of re­lief.

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