Snedeker leads, Tiger prowls

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Updated: July 21, 2012

American Brandt Snedeker, who missed the cut in his three previous Open Championships, made amends in thrilling fashion by seizing the lead with a six-under-par 64 in Friday’s second round.

While the majority of the field seemed stuck in reverse gear on a calm day at Royal Lytham & St Annes, the 31-year-old accelerated clear with a record-equalling 36-hole total of 10-under 130.

Overnight leader Adam Scott birdied the 18th to add a 67 to his opening 64 and former world No 1 Tiger Woods (67) sprinkled his own special brand of stardust by holing out from a greenside bunker at the last to move into third place on 134.

Young Dane Thorbjorn Olesen (66) was fourth on 135, one ahead of a cluster of players including 1999 champion Paul Lawrie (71) and 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell (69).