SOUTHPORT: Rory McIlroy was hanging his head on Thursday. There was a bounce in his step on Friday at the British Open.
McIlroy made three birdies and shot 31 on the front nine at Royal Birkdale. That’s eight shots better than his opening round, and suddenly he’s back in contention again. McIlroy was at 2-under par and only three shots out of the lead.
Matt Kuchar is even for the day and still atop the leaderboard at 5 under. The other co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, don’t tee off until the afternoon when the wind is supposed to get even stronger.
Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson is in danger of missing another cut in a major. Johnson is in the same group as McIlroy. The No. 1 player in the world has made only one birdie in 27 holes. He is 3 over for the tournament.
Kent Bulle might be Glasgow’s best hope in this British Open.
Trouble is, he’s from Glasgow, Kentucky.
Of the 52 Americans in the field at Royal Birkdale, Bulle is the least known. The 28-year-old who went to Middle Tennessee State spends most of his time between the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and the Web.com Tour. He had played in only one PGA Tour event — the U.S. Open last summer at Oakmont — when he was medalist at one of the smaller sectional qualifiers. He missed the cut.