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GULLANE -- The stretching routine that Miguel Angel Jimenez goes through before each round may look a bit ridiculous. Wayne Chrebet Womens Jersey . Its sure working out, though. The fun-loving Spaniard, again showing how much experience matters at golfs oldest major championship, scrambled for an even-par 71 on Friday that was good enough to lead midway through the British Open at baked-out Muirfield. He can hardly relax. Tiger Woods was among four players just one stroke behind, a group that also included English favourite Lee Westwood, long-hitting American Dustin Johnson, and Swedens Henrik Stenson. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and first-round leader Zach Johnson were another stroke back, still in the game despite tough finishes. The course was the real winner on this day -- dry as a bone and firm as a snooker table, giving up only four scores in the 60s. Another warm, sunny day along the Forth of Firth had nearby beachgoers frolicking in the surf, like this was Southern California instead of Scotland, but it made things miserable out on a course that is more brown than green. There were balls scooting all over the place. They wound up behind grandstands, in knee-high grass, up against the face of pot bunkers. Dustin Johnson had to intentionally hit a sideways shot into the rough just to escape a bunker. Phil Mickelson four-putted a hole. Darren Clarke made a quadruple-bogey. And get this -- they were all still in contention for the claret jug. Leading the way was Jimenez, a cigar-smoking, wine-loving golfer nicknamed "The Mechanic" who is perhaps best known outside Europe for the unique way he gets ready for a round. Upon arriving at the range, hell put his knees together and gyrate his hips both clockwise and counterclockwise -- silly looking enough as it is, but especially for a guy with a hefty belly and even heftier ponytail. Then hell pull out a couple of clubs to help stretch his legs and loosen up his arms, though none of it looks very strenuous. "Im amused by his warm-up routine," Mickelson said. "I would hurry to the course to watch it." But this golfer is all business out on the course. Jimenez has bounced back from missing four months recovering from a broken right leg sustained in a skiing accident last winter. If he can keep it going through the weekend, he might take a run at Julius Boros, the oldest major champion in golf history when he won the PGA Championship at age 48. Heck, Tom Watson nearly won this tournament a few years ago at age 59. "Why not?" asked Jimenez, whose was at 3-under 139 through two days. "Theres two more rounds to go. You never know whats going to happen. Im just going to have fun on the golf course. When I finish here, Ill have a glass of red wine later on. Im just going to keep doing the same thing." Hes not exactly leading the conventional way, far down in the rankings for fairways hit and greens in regulation. But no one has done a better job scrambling for pars. Jimenez ranked first in the putting, seeming to always find a way to get the ball up close to the hole even during the frequent times he ran into trouble. "Im playing very solid," Jimenez said. "In these conditions, its not easy. With these pin positions, its very, very tough to get in close." Woods plodded along most of the day, lipping out a putt from 2 1/2 feet, missing another short putt and settling for a bunch of pars -- 12 in a row until his final stroke of the round. Then, he looked like the Tiger of old, rolling in a 15-footer for birdie on Muirfields tough closing hole. He raised his putter toward the blue sky with a flourish, fully aware he was positioned again to break the longest major drought of his career. "It will be a fun weekend," said Woods, who also shot 71. "I was kind of fighting it." Everyone was. Westwood was among that minuscule group putting up a score in the 60s, but even he was staggering a bit by the end. After a brilliant front nine -- he carded five birdies -- the 40-year-old bogeyed three of the last six holes to finish with a 68. The last English golfer to win the British Open was Nick Faldo in 1992. Westwood wants to end that streak with his first major title. "Why not enjoy it out there?" he said. "Its tough for everybody. So smile your way through." Woods is trying to break a drought of his own. Hes 0-for-16 at majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, and missed four others during that stretch recovering from injuries. Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., the lone Canadian in the field, will be around on the weekend. DeLaet, playing in his first major, shot 1-over 72 Friday to sit at 6 over after two rounds. Whoever wins this one will have to earn it. While the conditions look perfect for scoring, nothing like the miserable weather that struck the Open the last time it was at Muirfield in 2002, there werent many chances for going low. The greens were just too slick, the pin placements just too tough. It was too much for old-timers such as Mark OMeara, the 1998 Open champion who started with a surprising 67 that left him one stroke behind Zach Johnson after Day 1. The 56-year-old lost his ball at No. 6, leading to a double-bogey, and stumbled to the finish with a 78. "Its pretty simple: If you dont hit it good in an Open championship with the rough the way it is out there, youre going to make some bogeys," OMeara said. "The short game is key. You have to putt well. I did none of those well." Tom Lehman soared to 77 after opening with a 68. Todd Hamilton followed up a 69 with an 81. The young werent spared, either. Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old who last weekend became the PGA Tours youngest winner since 1931, made only two bogeys through his first 32 holes and was 3 under. Then came a double-bogey at the 15th, back-to-back bogeys at the next two holes, and a missed chance at No. 18 when a 4-footer for birdie slid by the cup. Just like that, the youngster found himself at 1-over 143. He bent over in frustration alongside the green. Rory McIlroy wont even be around for the weekend. He finished at 12-over 154 after two miserable rounds, missing the cut. So did Luke Donald and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, two British favourites who never got anything going. Maybe they should try Jimenezs routine. Wesley Walker Jersey . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. C.J. Mosley Youth Jersey . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. http://www.authenticnyjetspro.com/Keyshawn-johnson-jets-jersey/ . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game.Celtic boss Ronny Deila hopes to see his side take a step closer to sealing a fifth successive title on Sunday when they entertain Ross County. Deila decided he would step down from his position at the end of the season following last weekends Scottish Cup upset against Championship winners Rangers at Hampden Park.Pressure had been mounting on Deila throughout the season because of a poor European campaign, but the Norwegian was left with little choice over his future after Celtic laboured for the second time in three months in a domestic cup semi-final - crashing out of both competitions. Although the Hoops have stuttered throughout the season, the team have produced their best performances in the league to see off a spirited challenge from nearest rivals Aberdeen.And St Johnstones 3-0 victory over the Dons on Friday means Celtic can win the title by picking up just four points from their last five games.Despite the disappointment from last Sundays performance, Deila insists he will not make radical changes for his final run of matches as he looks to secure his second league title in his two seasons at Celtic Park.We are not going to change everything around, Deila said.We have won a lot of football games. We lost at the weekend but before that we hadnt lost since February.This game is going to be very important.We want to bounce back from the disappointment we had at the weekend because that was a very big blow for everybody and I could see that in the eyes of the playyers. Wesley Walker Jets Jersey. Wanting to bounce back in a very strong way and put the pressure on everybody else, that is what we want to see out on the pitch on Sunday. Dedryck Boyata scores for Celtic in the last meeting with Ross County which ended in a 2-0 victory Deila revealed earlier in the week he had been considering his future for some time, although he was tempted to stay for the Champions League qualifiers.The former Stromsgodset boss did not feel the team were progressing enough under his stewardship though, and reckons a new manager may have a better chance of improving Celtic at European level.I was thinking that but it is about seeing that I get improvement, Deila said.If I see that the team are taking steps then I carry on. But I havent seen that improvement for the last six months.I havent seen that it was going the right way and that is also a decision to make for the club, because I think the pressure going into the next Champions League will be unbelievable and that will be tough for the whole club.Now there is new energy coming in. That will be positive. Also See: Celtic video Celtic fixtures Celtic stats Get £10 free bet! Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
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