by Kevin Stott | The weather was the big story in Thursdays opening round of play at the 137th British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Merseyside, England, but in play on Friday one of the big stories was the presence of 53-year-old Greg Norman (250-1, Las Vegas Hilton), who after the second round of golf sits just one stroke back of leader K.J. Choi (-1) at even par after shooting a 70 for the second straight day.
Another surprising story comes in the presence of David Duval, who sits in a pack of seven golfers in fourth place at +2, just three strokes off the lead. Duval fired a 65 to move into contention.
Tied with Duval at +2 are last years winner Padraig Harrington, US Open runner up Rocco Mediate, Scottish Open winner Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, Robert Allenby and Alexander Noren.
Another golfer who shot a 65 is Camilo Villegas who sits alone in third place at +1 after the first two days at Royal Birkdale.
American Phil Mickelson fired a 68 after shooting an ugly 79 in Thursdays opening round to end at +7 for the day. Mickelsons round should enable him to make the cut which should be at +9 if form holds.
On Saturday, the British Open will be televised from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on TNT and then from 9 a.m. until the end of play on ABC. On Sundays final day of play, TNT will air the tournament from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. with ABC picking up coverage from 8 a.m. until the end of play on ABC. Sirius Satellite Radio is also carrying the tournament.