Sat, Jul 22, 8:38am by Senior Writer
Jordan Spieth is into $2.50 to win the British Open after the American established a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the 146th staging of the event at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth, the winner of the 2015 US Masters and US Open, has rediscovered his best form from two years ago, carding a second-round 69 in difficult conditions to sit at six-under par two shots clear of compatriot Matt Kuchar.
On a day where birdies were hard to come by, Spieth recorded three of them as well as an eagle, while also finishing with four bogeys. Only eight players finished under par on their second round.
Kuchar wasn’t one of them, signing for a 71, but it was enough for him to sit well-placed at four-under and at $7.50 to win his first major.
US Open winner Brooks Koepka continued his consistent form, signing for a two-over 72 which has him at three-over level with the leading Brit, the veteran Ian Poulter. Sportsbet has Koepka $8.50 and Poulter the value at $17. Scotland’s Richie Ramsey improved seven places into outright fifth when he signed for a 70 to sit at two-under.
Rory McIlroy is second favourite at $7, despite sitting four shots off the lead in a tie for sixth with Austin Connelly, Gary Woodland and Richard Bland.
Five Aussies made the cut, but they are a long, long way from contention. Adam Scott is at 3-over, or nine shots from the lead, well back in a tie for 35th. Scott, who is now $81 to win his second major, had six bogeys and just the two birdies.
Andrew Dodt is a shot further back at four-over, while Aaron Baddeley, Jason Day and Marc Leishman all had 76s to sit at five-over, 11 shots off the lead, the same score as Scott Hend. But at least the four of them made the cut by one shot.
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