Brandt Snedeker remains unblemished at the British Open, jumping to the top of the leader board Friday.
The Nashville native played bogey-free golf for the second straight day and tied a course record with a 6-under 64, walking into the clubhouse on Friday morning with a four-stroke lead at 10-under. His mark of 130 matches the lowest 36-hole score in British Open history.
Snedeker had six birdies, with four on the front nine, as he became the first golfer without a bogey through the first two rounds at the British Open since Tiger Woods in 2000.
He had the second straight 64 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England after Australian Adam Scott achieved the feat on Thursday. Through eight holes on Friday, Scott was tied for second with Paul Lawrie at 6-under for the tournament. Woods and Zach Johnson sat in fourth with at 4-under with more than 12 holes left in the round.
Snedeker, a grad of Vanderbilt and Montgomery Bell Academy, had never made the cut in three tries at the British Open and he didn’t play in the most recent major, the U.S. Open last month, because of a rib injury.
“I’m healthy and I love playing golf over here,” Snedeker, 31, said in an interview on ESPN. “I knew I was close. I was trying to find one swing.”
Snedeker, who had a hole-in-one during his practice round on Wednesday, has only finished in the top five at a major once. In 2008, he tied for third at the Masters. He was in second and two shots off the lead going into the final round, before shooting a 77 to end his chances. He tied for 19th at Augusta earlier this year and has three career PGA Tour wins. His most recent came in January at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif.