Lucas Glover

Lucas Glover (Associated Press)

A player from Northern Ireland charged up the leaderboard at the British Open.

Just not the one you might expect.

Darren Clarke shot his second straight 2-under 68 on Friday, putting him solidly in contention heading to the weekend and showing his younger countrymen a thing or two.

Once the face of Northern Ireland golf, the 42-year-old Clarke became an afterthought when first Graeme McDowell, then Rory McIlroy claimed major championships. Maybe it's time for the old guy to get his title, too.

Clarke rolled in a 90-footer for eagle at the seventh and closed his round with a birdie at the tough 18th, going to the clubhouse tied for the lead with Lucas Glover, Thomas Bjorn, Simon Dyson and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Amateur Tom Lewis has achieved his first goal - making the cut at his first British Open. Now he has some other goals.

The 20-year-old Englishman shook up the tournament in the first round with a 5-under 65 that gave him the share of the lead at Royal St. George's. He was the first amateur to lead the British Open since 1968.

Friday's second round proved more troublesome. He shot a 74 but remains in contention entering the weekend.

Lewis says it would be nice to be among the top 15 and finish as the leading amateur.