Slow simmer into a thrilling weekend at Carnoustie

© SNSZach Johnson came through the rain to share the lead at the Open at Carnoustie.
Zach Johnson came through the rain to share the lead at the Open at Carnoustie.

Hang on tight, this could be a wild one.

After a good morning soak, the 147th Open simmered nicely to set up what should be a brilliant weekend at Carnoustie. We lost the World Numbers One and Two to the cut, but three of the last four Open champions are within reach, while some rising stars, home hopes and even a few reclamation jobs have a realistic chance of the Claret Jug.

Zach Johnson, the 2015 champion, leads on six-under with Kevin Kisner, who double-bogeyed the last to fall out of a two shot lead. Just behind are the coming man from Lancashire Tommy Fleetwood, the emerging Xander Schauffele, and the irreverent Pat Perez.

Rory McIlroy is a shot further back, with Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler inc lose company.

After yesterday’s dousing of rain, the course is expected to dry out again tomorrow. It’ll do so without three of the world’s top five as Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm missed the cut, while No 3 Justin Rose only made it with a final hole birdie.

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