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Stricker in third place at British Open

The second round is underway at the British Open but Steve Stricker of Madison was not scheduled to tee off until about seven this morning. Stricker was in a five-way tie for third place this morning, two shots off the lead, after he had a four-under-par 66 Thursday at Turnberry on the coast of Scotland.

Stricker was at even-par after back-to-back bogeys on the ninth and 10th holes. But he birdied four of his final eight holes.

And he made a 12-footer for a birdie on the 18th to close out a solid opening round.

Stricker, 42, won the PGA's John Deere Classic last Sunday, and the 3,800 mile plane flight to Scotland obviously didn't bother him.

Stricker was two strokes behind first-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez.

But Jimenez went three over par after eight holes of his second round, and dropped to eighth.

Kenichi Kuboya of Japan was the 5 a.m. leader, after he birdied the first hole of his second round to go six-under for the tournament.