Lytham St. Annes, England – Heading into this week's event, Brandt Snedeker had never made the cut in three appearances at The Open Championship.
He can cross that off his list, and more.
Snedeker matched Nick Faldo's 36-hole Open Championship scoring record Friday after a 6-under 64 left him at 10-under 130. Faldo established the mark en route to victory at Muirfield in 1992.
So, how can someone explain going from missing three cuts in a row at The Open Championship, to putting his name in the storied tournament's record books?
"The golf course is playing more Americanized now, it's soft with not a lot of wind, and I have a different mentality this time, I'm playing away from a lot of pins," said Snedeker. "I tried to just get the ball on the green all day, even if it was 100 feet away. When you're putting the way I have been the first two days you want to get it on the green as fast as you can."
Here's what other players were saying after the second round of the Open Championship:
- ADAM SCOTT, who is one shot off the lead, on what his caddie, Steve Williams, can provide, considering Williams won so many major championships on the bag of Tiger Woods: "It's just that experience of his, that great experience of his might come in handy. Certainly we've got a good strategy for here, so far we've been able to execute the way we want to and not get myself in too much trouble. If that doesn't happen on the weekend, I can certainly lean on his experience to help guide me a little bit."
- TIGER WOODS, a three-time Claret Jug owner, who is four behind Snedeker, on what can still happen on the weekend: "We've got a long way to go. We have a forecast for wind on Sunday. This golf course, we haven't seen it yet with the wind we're supposed to get around this place."
- THORBJORN OLESEN, who is fourth at 5-under par, on his playing partner Saturday, Tiger Woods: "He's been my idol so many years, so it's fantastic to have a chance to play with him. I'm really looking forward to it. I have a lot of confidence. I believe I can do it."
- PAUL LAWRIE, the 1999 Open Champion, who is 4-under and six back, on any comparisons between this week and his victory 13 years ago: "Not really, because I was well behind. Maybe not so much after two days but I was 10 shots back in '99 with a round to go. What am I now, six shots at the moment? So you're looking to claw a few of them back tomorrow and give yourself a chance."
- GRAEME MCDOWELL, the 2010 U.S. Open winner and runner-up this year, who is 4-under, on why he can handle major championship pressure so well: "I control my emotions well under pressure. I do the right things when I'm under pressure. I don't always win. No one always wins. But Olympic reinforced to me that I can control myself when I'm in the mix. But still, you know, I've still got to go out there and do it this weekend."
- LUKE DONALD, the world No. 1, who shot a 2-under 70 to get to 2-under for the championship, on Friday's round without his normal caddie, John McLaren, who left Friday morning to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's first child, "I won't pay him for today, obviously, but, you know, he should be around for the birth. We don't know how long these babies take but I told John to not rush. For me that was an important thing in my life to be around for that, especially your first one, and enjoy that experience."
- RORY MCILROY, who struggled to a 5-over 75 on Friday, on what he did for the patron whom he struck with his drive Thursday on the 15th hole: "I didn't want them spending the night, with that massive gash he has on his head, in a tent, so I thought it was the least I could, put him up for the night and give him a bit of my money for him and his friend to go out for a bit of food. It's the least I could have done."
- TOM WATSON, a five-time British Open champion, who at 62, birdied the last to make the cut on number, on what it meant to make the cut: "It means a great deal to play against the kids again, one more time. I have visions of someday having the same days as I had as a kid at my age. It would be great to see everything go in the hole again."