The golfer from Hollywood (Northern Ireland) has been overtaken by South Afrrica's Louis Oosthuizen who now holds a three-stroke lead as is 12-under in the tournament after the second round.

This year's British Open so far has been marked by stiff competition at the top of the leaderboard. The competition's second round was delayed by over an hour due to a wind delay, but the course was ablaze with good rounds: a few dozen players managed to card in with rounds in the 60s.

Oosthuizen, who surprised by shooting a 65 yesterday, overtook the young McIlroy from second place, and now stands 12 under after two rounds. . McLlory is still at -9 through three holes, but has to resume play in 30 mph winds. Daly and Tiger Woods are also struggling right now, with Woods bogeying his first two holes.

Rory McIlroy yesterday came within a three foot putt of recording the first 62 in the 150-year history of the majors. He did, however, clinch the record for becoming the youngest player to shoot a 63 at a major tournament. After the first he round he told reporters: 'there's absolutely no reason why I can't win'.

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