Drizzly conditions greeted the early starters on day two but the grey skies soon turned blue and the world’s best golfers once again took advantage of calm conditions at the home of golf.
It was time for another Cameron to take centre stage after Young’s opening-day heroics, as Cameron Smith charged to the top of the leaderboard at 13-under with a 64 of his own, which began with three consecutive birdies.
Then came McIlroy and Hovland, who each enjoyed moments to savour on the back nine as they carded 68 and 66 respectively to share third on 10-under.
McIlroy prompted raucous cheers around the 17th green, converting a 20-footer for a rare birdie on the famously challenging Road Hole, while Hovland holed his second shot at the par-4 15th for a brilliant eagle.
Friday also marked the end of the Championship for the great Tiger Woods, whose walk down the final hole was greeted with the most of rapturous of ovations as fans paid tribute to the three-time Champion Golfer.
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