Everyone is trying to catch Brian Harman on Moving Day.
Harman took the lead by a huge five-shot lead after his Friday performance at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. This took him 10th under midway through the British Open and gave him a great opportunity to win his first major career championship.
According to Golf Digest’s Shane Ryan, only 12 players have ever held a 36-hole lead of exactly five shots in a 72-hole major championship in history. Of those 12 golfers, 10 have won – most recently with Scotty Scheffler at the Masters last year. The only two to lose were Bobby Clampett at the 1982 British Open and Henry Cooper at the 1936 Masters. Harman also holds the largest 36-hole lead of any player in the 13 times the UK Open has been held at Royal Liverpool.
Tommy Fleetwood is alone in second place in the 5-under ranking for the week. On Friday, he hit 71 points at par, holding a share of the lead at 18 holes. Sepp Straka alone is third in the 4-under rankings, while Min Woo Lee, Shubhankar Sharma and Jason Day are tied for 3-under.
Jordan Spieth is arguably the biggest name within reach. The former British Open champion is at the under 2 level this week. Rory McIlroy, who won last week’s Genesis Scottish Open, is 1-under. McIlroy’s last major championship win came in 2014, the last time the British Open was held at Royal Liverpool.
Harman’s victory is in no way sealed. There are two more days of golf ahead. But it will take a big step for someone to at least partially close the gap before the final round on Sunday. That’s what Moving Day is for.
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