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The Open 2016: Stenson closes the gap as Spieth makes cut

Published 2052 GMT (0452 HKT) July 15, 2016
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Rain was Friday's major theme, which will become known as the "Troon monsoon." Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
First-round leader Phil Mickelson set off in the dry but was engulfed in a deluge on the back nine. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The 46-year-old says he "enjoyed the challenge" and shot two-under 69 to edge to 10 under par. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Sweden's Henrik Stenson also copped the rain but shot a remarkable 65 to close Mickelson's lead to one. Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The fun-loving Swede afterwards joked that being six years younger than Mickelson will surely help at the weekend. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
World No. 3 Jordan Spieth lost even more ground with a 75 that dropped him to four over, right on the cut line. GLYN KIRK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy couldn't get it going either and shot level-par 71 to stay two under, tied for 15th with U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson. ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Masters champion Danny Willett carded 75 to finished level with Spieth, the man whose final-day meltdown opened the door to his Green Jacket in April. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Two-time major winner Bubba Watson also ended on four over after a 76, but at least the American made par three at the Postage Stamp eighth hole following his six Thursday. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Scottish veteran Colin Montgomerie, who grew up at Troon and came through qualifying, was another who will see the weekend by the skin of his teeth after a 75. GLYN KIRK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Welsh Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson was blown inside out but finished the day level par overall following a 73, to be tied for 27th. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images