Brandt Snedeker is the early leader as the second round of the British Open gets underway from Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Follow along with Post columnist Tracee Hamilton.

(Yes, we realize that golf is not an Olympic sport. But it’s close enough to the start of the London Olympics that we’re live-blogging it here.)

Day 2 leader board

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Goodbye and enjoy the tournament

Time to sign off for the day. You can follow the scores here, and of course check Post Sports for more updates. Enjoy the rest of The Open!

‘Bite! Bite! Bite!’

Like an angry dentist, Tiger Woods screamed at his ball on the par-5 seventh to take a bite out of the soft green. The ball did not oblige, dribbling off the back and forcing Woods to waste a shot dribbling it back on.

Unbeknownst to Woods, he had taken sole possession of third at 5 under when Paul Lawrie double-bogeyed the 12th to put him at 3 under. Woods sank his par putt, however, and stayed at 5 under.

Bubba’s very bad day

Well, it may be too early to call it a bad day, but the first seven holes haven’t been kind to Masters champion Bubba Watson. After four straight pars, Watson has two bogeys followed by a double-bogey at the par-5 seventh hole. That one started to go sideways when he lost his tee shot in the high hay.

That put him four over for the day and put him closer to the ever-moving cut line. He’s having trouble finding greens even though he’s one of the best in the game at greens in regulation.

Scenes from the British Open

John Daly’s fancy pants

A pheasant is seen walking on the course.

Silly hats.

Come back, Peter Alliss!

The BBC announcer adds so much to ESPN’s coverage. No hyperbole, and dry wit on a rainy day. And he doesn’t seem to have a filter. He’d never make it on, say, CBS, during, say, the Masters.

For instance, when the cameras pan to the crowds of fans watching in the rain, CBS’s announcers would intone how wonderful it is that so many would show up in such conditions. Alliss decries the growing number of fans who are overweight from sitting around in front of the television — the television! — playing whatever it is they play. A shot of little rosy-cheeked tots leads him to comment that they’ll probably end up overweight and unemployed like much of the country.

Yikes. Not your typical golf commentary. Thank goodness.

Reaction to Snedeker’s strong start

Some Twitter reaction to Brandt Snedeker’s remarkable start at this year’s Open:

Woods’s first birdie

It comes on No. 4, and takes him to 4 under, and ties him with Paul Lawrie, who rolled in a birdie putt at about the same time, and a handful of others trailing Adam Scott (-6) and Brandt Snedeker (-10).

He’s got a decent but not easy birdie putt at No. 5.

(And the cut line moved again, back to 2 over. Let’s ignore the cut line for awhile.)

Snedeker matches lowest 36 hole score in British Open history

Brandt Snedeker has tied Nick Faldo (Muirfield, 1992) for the lowest 36-hole score in British Open history with 130. Through two days of play at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the 31-year old American has yet to record a single bogey. On Friday, he was 6 under with a 64.

English spoken here

PGA Tour rookie Harris English finished his second round with birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-par-birdie for a 71 and a two-day total of 2 over, which will send him into the weekend.

The aptly named English shot a 60 at an Open qualifier in May in Plano, Tex., then followed it with a 63 for a 123 total, easily qualifying for one of eight spots in the tournament at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. It was the lowest score since the Open began holding qualifying in the United States in 2004; records were incomplete as to whether it was the lowest qualifying score ever.

English, who played college golf at Georgia, turns 23 on Monday.

Snedeker misses birdie at 17

No shot at a round of 62 in a major. But barring catastrophe, Brandt Snedeker should finish at 10 under or better and surely that will be good enough.

The course still doesn’t seem to be laying hard but there is still time for the weather to change, several times, before the day ends. There is no virtually no roll on the saturated greens, a real difference from the U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods starts par-par. Steve Stricker finished 2 under. And the cut line has moved to 3 over, good news for K.J. Choi, Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley.

Mickelson will miss the cut

Phil Mickelson is done for the weekend, having followed up Thursday’s 73 with a 78 on Friday. His two-day total of 151 puts him 11 over par and in a tie for 147th place.

Woods tees off in ‘soft’ conditions

Tiger Woods got a nice hand and a wet reception at 9:43 when his name was announced and he stepped to the first tee. Rain was beginning to fall in earnest — but his ball just missed the flag. The announcers declare he’s hitting the ball well, and after one shot, who are we to argue?

Snedeker, meanwhile, is trying to wrap up his superb round amid the yammering about what it would take for him to shoot the first 62 at a major. What it would take is two more birdies. He has two holes to play.

And there goes Phil Mickelson, in at 11 over par. Ouch. His playing partner in the scorching red pants, Luke Donald, finishes 2 under.

Dan Jenkins on Brandt Snedeker

Some observations on second-round leader Brandt Snedeker from Dan Jenkins, the legendary golf writer (and father of Post columnist Sally):

U.S. Open or The Open: Which is better?

On Day 2 of the British Open — a.k.a. The Open — Brent Snedeker was 10 under at the 15th tee. The cut line was projected to be 2 over early in the day but could move to 3 with the afternoon’s pairings to come.

Last month, at the U.S. Open, the winner was 1 over. It was four days of golf that was not for the faint of heart, not for the golfers and not for the viewers, either.

So do we like to watch the world’s best golfers breeze through the day, or slog through it? Are these our only choices?

Of course, not everyone is breezing at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Keegan Bradley, who won the 2011 PGA Championship, finished 3 over and will be among those waiting.

Steve Stricker will make it to the third round — he’s 2 under through 15. Tom Watson is 1 over and tees off at 9:54 Eastern time. And Tiger Woods goes at 9:43.