Inside the ropes - Sandy's tears, Locke's Silver Medal and the cut
Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods may have dominated the headlines on day two but Sandy Lyle got the biggest roar at The 147th Open.
The 1985 Champion Golfer of the Year was given a standing ovation as he approached the 18th hole in what is likely to be his last Open before birdieing it in style.
There were stories up and down the field on an action-packed day as players battled to make the cut and one of those that did was Sam Locke.
The Scotsman ensured he will win the Silver Medal after becoming the sole amateur to make the weekend.
Locke is on three-over par after a 73, making the cut by just a shot and is one of many looking ahead to Saturday.
Here’s the best of what they said:
Lyle’s Open may be over but he admits he felt emotional going down the last
“After 40-odd plus years of playing in the tournament, to have the pleasure of doing the opening tee shot was quite special to me.
“It shows that they care, and they appreciate what I've done over the years. I've still a got wet tissue here! No, I managed to stay away from crying but definitely a lump in the throat, yeah. Definitely.”
Locke was out early this morning and faced the brunt of the harsh conditions. He battled well though and is set for the weekend:
“You're coming here to enjoy it and to learn. Obviously, it's a really different experience for me playing in front of all the crowds and the cameras and things.
“But I feel like I dealt with it really well despite feeling pretty nervous for a lot of it. But you're going to be nervous. You're meant to be.”
Phil Mickelson got the job done and made the cut after firing a 69 to move to level-par:
“I'm looking forward to playing the weekend here at The Open.
“The course is just set up beautifully, and you never know if guys get off to a good hot start early on in the round, if they make a move up the leaderboard, anything can happen.”
Jason Day is not a fan of the wet weather after coming home in a level-par 71. The Australian was at three-under but fell away on the back nine:
“It didn't stop raining the whole time. It was just tough because, by the end of everything, it was wet. My whole bag is wet. The clubs are wet. It was a tough finish actually.”
However, fellow Australian Adam Scott is confident of a good weekend after making the cut:
“I think any player would draw on any positive experience they have.
“Certainly, I've played a lot of good rounds of golf in majors over the weekend, particularly Augusta, but The Open as well. I'm very clear when I need to do.”
Russell Knox is heading home and the Scottish favourite admits fatigue caught up with him:
“I battled as hard as I could. I was useless, though. I think the last eight weeks caught up with me the last few days, and I just ran out of gas. I felt great on the course, but my swing just disappeared.”
Hopefully Matthew Southgate is taking it easy tonight after making the cut with a 72 to lie one-under for the week:
“I'll probably have one beer with dad just because one of us has managed to make the cut in The Open at Carnoustie.
“There's going to be a lot of people who are happy for us. Sometimes in football you have the 12th man.
“If I need that out there this weekend, I've definitely got that over the rest of the field. They call it moving day tomorrow. So we'll try and make a nice big move and get in contention for Sunday.”
Erik van Rooyen is two shots off the lead overnight and was proud of how he coped with the tougher conditions as he shot an even-par 71:
“Two completely different days. Yesterday things were sort of just flowing really nicely, hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. The ones I missed were sort of on the fringe. As you know, with links golf, you can still putt.
"Today was a little bit more of a grind, missed a few more fairways, had to sort of battle and stay in my own bubble, and I think I did that.”
More rain please, says Danny Willett after a 71 saw him remain in touching distance:
“You get the world's best players at a golf tournament, and when the rain comes in, as annoying as the rain is to play in, it makes such a big impact on how guys can get to flags.
“You can have the easiest golf course in the world, and you get it firm and fast, and it's tough. You get the hardest golf course in the world, as we've seen countless times, if it's wet, it just makes it that much more gettable.”
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