• The Open, Round Two

Tiger signs off in superstar style

ESPN staff
July 20, 2012

ESPN will have live updates and exclusive coverage from the Open Championship this week - with reporters at Royal Lytham & St Annes to bring you all the insight

Tiger magic
Tiger Woods had been plodding his way round, hitting fairway after green in mechanical fashion - until, on the 18th, he chipped in from a greenside bunker for birdie, rewarding those who had stuck with his risk-free round for the duration. Cue fist-pump, cue journalists off their seats. Brilliant moment - you almost hope it means something come Sunday.

Fawlty Towers?
We saw Rory McIlroy hitting a spectator on the head with a tee shot at 15 on Thursday, and we also saw his contrition afterwards, as he handed over a signed glove by way of apology. What we didn't see was that Rory put the fan, who was camping, up in a hotel overnight. He'll have to stand in the way of the ball more often.

Rory rampage
It wasn't all friendly from Rory, though - he was at his destructive worst again, only narrowly missing Toshinori Muto's caddie, who was standing on the next hole. Helmets will soon be compulsory not just when following Rory around, but when standing anywhere on the course.

The Daly News
John Daly, who stands out plenty with his shock of bleach-blonde hair, made himself even more recognisable - and made a play for the crowd's heart - by donning a pair of Union Jack trousers. It was as if Ian Poulter had looked into a mirror that aged him ten (well, maybe 20… 30?!) years.

Casey study
England's Paul Casey, who was third at the tournament in 2010, has been struggling for form all year due to injury, but looked to have turned a corner when he was three-under after nine on Thursday. However, that was a false dawn: he finished the tournament at 11-over after a terrible struggle on Friday. Hopefully he'll be back to his best again soon.

Bag the trophy
Luke Donald hit a fine 68 - which featured a handful of long birdie putts - in the absence of his regular caddie John McLaren, who was given the day off after being told at 7am his wife had gone into labour. Gareth Lord, Robert Karlsson's bagman, stepped in - just as he had at the Disney tournament on the PGA Tour last year, which Donald won. This substitute caddie lark could catch on.

New balls please
England's Richard Finch endured a nightmare at the eighth, racking up a sextuple-bogey ten after losing one ball and then having to take a penalty drop with the second ball. Almost everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong - although he didn't have to avoid any McIlroy bullets, so that was something.

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