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Conners even on Day 2 at The Open; Taylor struggles to miss cut

Corey Conners Corey Conners - The Canadian Press

Canadian Corey Conners turned in a steady even-par round of 71 Friday in the second round of The Open Championship, to sit at 2-over entering the weekend in a tie for 39th at Royal Liverpool.

American Brian Harman shot a bogey-free 65 Friday and leads the tournament at 10-under, 12 shots ahead of Conners. Tommy Fleetwood is second at 5-under.

The Listowel, Ont., native made three bogeys and three birdies in Round 2, including two birdies in his final four holes to get him within the cut line and keep him around in Hoylake for two more rounds.

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Conners shot a two-over 73 in the opening round, dropping a shot on the Par 5 18th when his second shot found a greenside bunker. Conners stayed out of the sand on 18 Friday and poured in a 32-foot birdie putt to get him back to even-par for the round.

Meanwhile, Canadian Open champion Nick Taylor won't be around for the weekend as he followed up a 2-over 73 on Thursday with a 4-over 75 in Round 2. 

The Abbotsford, B.C., native carded seven bogeys Friday, including a double-bogey on the Par 4 12th in the midst of a stretch where he made bogey or worse on four consecutive holes.

Taylor, who won the RBC Canadian Open last month, sat in a tie for 92nd at the conclusion of his round. The top 70 and ties make the cut.