ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — As the 144th Open Championship presses on towards a rare Monday-finish, more than half the amateurs in the field made the cut when round two was completed Saturday morning at St. Andrews.
Leading the way is Irishman Paul Dunne, who is representing his country well as the only player from across the Irish Sea in the top-10. After back-to-back 69s at the Old Course, Dunne is just four back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson heading to Sunday's third round.
Dunne, who just finished his senior season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, placed fifth in his collegiate finale — the NCAA Men's Championship.
Also making the cut were 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge of Wisconsin, 2015 British Amateur winner Romain Langasque of France, recently gradated Georgia Tech golfer Oliver Schniederjans, and 2014 European Amateur winner Ashley Chesters of England.
After an opening-round 67, Niebrugge, who plays collegiately for Oklahoma State, fell back into a tie for 21st place with a 73. Still, the Cowboy senior is only six shots off the lead.
Langasque is at three-under 141 (69-72), Schniederjans at 142 (70-72), and Chesters 143 (71-72).