0:25 a.m.: Lowry makes the turn in five under, moving him to nine under for the tournament. He’s on the green at 10 but has a long way home.
About that…Lowry drills a putt over a ridge from 30 feet. The crowds that followed Rory on Thursday have congregated around Lowry, and Portrush is rocking.
10:14 a.m.: Give Rahm credit: he could have exploded after doubling the second, the easiest hole on the course. He’s played the last 15 holes in three under, giving himself a chance at birdie at the last for a five-under score going into Saturday.
10:04 a.m.: Rory McIlroy is on the tee…and yes, he finds the fairway. Everyone can breathe easy.
9:57 a.m.: Portrush is beginning to get angry, my friends. Like an old man trying to send soup back at a deli.
9:47 a.m.: Justin Rose pars the 18th for a four-under round, six under for the Open. The Englishman had a backdoor runner-up last year at Carnoustie. Let’s see how he handles the opportunity in one of the last groups on Saturday.