Garcia hangs onto lead at Carnoustie

Sergio Garcia's second round at The Open Championship was not a repeat of his impressive first round. Garcia shot even par in rougher conditions. However, the par round was sufficient to keep his lead on the rest of the Open field. Over the past two days, Garcia's past putting woes have apparently disappeared. The secret: Garcia switiched to a belly putter last week. Whether the effect is physical or psychological, Garcia will have a chance to test his new game under major championship pressure in order to potentially capture a wire-to-wire victory. Garcia start Saturday with a two stroke lead, but will likely not enter another Sunday battle with Tiger.

K.J. Choi fired a terrific 69 which was good enough to put him in second place and two shots out of the lead. Choi is coming off arguably the best season of his career, which would be even more impressive if a major championship could be added to his resume.

The best round of the day belonged to Canadian Mike Weir who shot a 68 and is tied for third. Weir, who has struggled ever since winning his first and only major championship, made the switch to the "Stack and Tilt" this year with teachers Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer.

Also in third, Miguel Angel Jimenez fired an impressive round, which included several spectacular shots. On the 246 yard, 16th hole, Jimenez put his tee shot only inches from the hole -- nearly capturing a hole in one.

Tiger Woods is currently trailing Garcia by seven strokes and finds himself tied for 20th place. No one is counting him out, though, as he attempts to win his third British Open title in three years. Tiger himself is refusing to give up, as he said in interviews, "I am one over par for the tournament, but still not out of it."

Phil Mickelson missed the cut and is headed back to the United States to prepare for next week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. Mickelson is now officially out of sync, having now missed his last two cuts in major championships.

Zach Johnson, this year's Masters winner, made the cut -- barely -- he is 4 over and sits tied for 53rd place with 18 other players. However, Johnson has to be pleased considering his missed the cut in last week's John Deere Classic, which was carded as Johnson's home event and comprised of numerous cupcake players.

Tom Pernice, Jr., the final alternate to make the Open field, did not make the cut. On the other hand, Lucas Glover, who was the next to the last man to make the field in one over for the tournament and is tied for 20th place.

Weather forecasts are calling for rain for the third round, which should continue to cause Carnoustie to yield few low scores.

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