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July 20, 2012

Hunter Mahan still leading the march of ex-Cowboys at British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Hunter Mahan still sets the pace for former Oklahoma State golfers at The British Open.

Mahan shot a 1-over 71 to drop to 1-over for the tournament and is tied for 40th.

The leading Cowboy took a hit early in the round with a double bogey on No. 5, followed by a bogey on No. 7. He went birdie-bogey on the next two holes to make the turn at 3-over.

After his third bogey of the day on the par 3 No. 12, Mahan recovered with back-to-back birdes on Nos. 13 and 14. He then carded another birdie on the 16th to finish at 1-over.

Just behind Mahan is Alex Noren, who shot his second-straight 1-over 71.

Noren had a smoother second day than did Mahan. The Swedish-born ex-Cowboy had just two bogeys and a birdie on Friday. Heis tied for 51st at 2-over.

Former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler, along with Charles Howell III, barely made the cut — which was set at 3-over. Fowler shot a 2-over 72 and is tied for 68th at 3-over. with Howell, who shot a 71 on Friday.

Ex-Cowboy Bo Van Pelt was the only former OSU golfer to miss the cut. Van Pelt shot a 4-over 74 on Friday — thanks to four bogeys and a double bogey — to finish his tournament at 5-over.

Brandt Snedeker leads the field at 10-under after shooting a 64 on Friday. He is being chased by Adam Scott, who is at 9-under, and Tiger Woods, who shot a second-straight 67 to head into the weekend at 6-under.

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