McIlroy shoots another 6-under 66 at British Open
Rory McIlroy has shot his second straight 6-under 66 at the British Open, giving him a commanding lead heading to the weekend.
Shaking off the second-round doldrums that marred his year, McIlroy closed with three birdies in his final four holes Friday to push his 36-hole score to 12-under 132.
McIlroy made his first bogey of the tournament at the first hole, but that was his only major miscue. He birdied seven of the next 17 holes to take a four-shot advantage over Dustin Johnson to the weekend.
Johnson had the best round of the tournament with a 65 for a 136 total. Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Francesco Molinari and Ryan Moore are at 138.
Tiger Woods barely made the cut after shooting a 77.
The ovations from the packed galleries remain as warm as ever for Tom Watson. His scoring continues to be just as impressive, too.
The 64-year-old Watson extended his record of being the oldest man to make the cut at the game's oldest major when he shot a 1-over 73 on Friday. That gave him at 2-over 146.
The five-time British Open winner says "let's see what happens on the weekend. See if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit."
Playing a brand of "old man's golf," as he put it, Watson has outlasted Masters champion Bubba Watson as well as Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed - two guys looking to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team captained by Watson.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)