By Eamon Lynch
Friday, July 20, 2007

On Thursday night Jim Furyk was enjoying a casual pint of beer in a Carnoustie pub. He showed no ill effects Friday, shooting a second consecutive round of 70 to stand four shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the 136th Open Championship.

The world No. 2 made five birdies and four bogeys in his round and finished at two under par. Leader Sergio Garcia shot 71 and is six under.

"I'm happy with my standing," Furyk said. "I won't be leading the golf tournament but hopefully, unless the weather gets real good this afternoon, I'll be within earshot and be close to the leaders."

Furyk spent last night soaking up the Open atmosphere in town, where the food options don't extend much beyond the greasy-spoon "Carnoustie Chippy."

"My wife and I were looking for a place to eat, and we ended up grabbing, believe it or not, a couple of pizzas because all the Americans said there's a great pizza place up on High Street. And on our way back carrying them to the hotel we saw Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank, and they talked us into one pint up there at the Kinloch Arms. We got our arm twisted and went in for a pint."

For the curious, his tipple of choice was McEwan's. "It was the only British beer I saw there on tap, so that's what I went with," he said.\n

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