The trials of Phil Mickelson's hat, Darren Clarke's gum and the important stuff from day two at The Open


Dane Soren Kjeldsen isn't overly bothered if people don't rate him.

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen at the Open
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The 41-year-old carded a second-round 68 to get to seven under, three shots behind Open leader Phil Mickelson.

He thinks his relatively small size - 5ft 7in - for the modern game gives people the wrong impression.

"I think probably some people feel that I've overachieved [at] 5ft 7in - but I'm married to Charlotte and I think I've overachieved there as well," he said.

Social media ruled the day.

(Danny Lawson/PA)
(Danny Lawson/PA)

Most of the current professionals are invested in social media in one way or another and, although five-time major winner Phil Mickelson is not, his hat is.

@MickelsonHat is the official Twitter account for is the American's hat sponsor KPMG and their continued support is probably one of the reasons why the 46-year-old works so hard to keep it on his head.

In blustery conditions at Royal Troon, and in last week's Scottish Open, the American has taken to pegging it tight to his head with a foldback clip.

"It is just to keep it on. I had to do it last week. I know it looks terrible but it is what it is," he said.

Wind and rain changed the atmosphere.

Zach Johnson holding an umbrella at the Open
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Speaking of the weather, the first half of the second day saw considerably worse conditions with the wind blowing from the opposite direction, making club selection tricky.

"Yesterday I hit 3-iron, 8-iron. Today I hit a 3-wood and didn't hit a very good 5-wood and ran it on the green," said defending champion Zach Johnson of his differing choices at the 422-yard ninth hole.

Sky Sports have made a great play of the technology at their disposal this week but it may have been overworked judging by images of the practice range's overhead wire cam on fire.

The camera was installed as part of the tournament's all-round coverage, so not technically in Sky's ownership - although they do have access to the footage. No one was injured.

Does the five-second rule count on the golf course?

As Ryder Cup captain the spotlight will be well and truly on Darren Clarke come September.

But with the blanket coverage of The Open you would have thought he would have been more self-aware than to pop his chewing gum back in his mouth after it dropped on to the sixth green while he was putting.