Snedeker leads Three Stars for Friday

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Jason Dufner shot a 66 on Friday at the British Open.
Thomas Lovelock / SI

Three noteworthy performances from the second round of the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

1. Brandt Snedeker.  He has not made a bogey yet, and his 64 on Friday matched Adam Scott’s record for a British Open round at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. His 130 total also tied the record Nick Faldo set in 1992 at Muirfield.

This is Snedeker's fourth time playing in the Open Championship but the first time he's ever made the cut.

After a heartbreaking loss to Trevor Immelman at the 2008 Masters, he knows the hardest part is yet to come.

“To watch Trevor handle the emotions and play the way he did the last 18 really taught me a lot,” Snedeker said Friday. “I remember watching him kind of handle himself around the golf course, the way he kind of plotted his way around the golf course. It's something you're going to have to do in the course of four rounds.”

2. Jason Dufner.  Making four birdies in a five-hole stretch propelled Dufner to a 66 and a tie for fifth. This is Dufner’s third British Open; he missed the cut at St. Andrews in 2010 and Royal St. George’s last year.

On Friday evening, Dufner said crossing the Atlantic sooner helped this year.

“I got over my jet lag,” he said. “Had six or seven days over here to hit shots that I needed to, and kind of get a feel for the style of golf that you need to play over here.”

3. Branden Grace.  The South African bogeyed 17 and 18 on Thursday evening, then bogeyed the second and doubled the third on Friday morning. Tough stretch.

But Grace, who has won three European Tour events this season, rallied to birdie  the fifth, 11th, 12th and 13th for a 69, making the cut at two over.

“I'm looking forward to sticking around for the weekend and maybe moving up there,” he said.