Former Gopher Erik Van Rooyen still in contention at The British Open

The South African is tied for 7th place.
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Wet conditions didn't stop Erik Van Rooyen on the second day of The Open Championship.

The former Minnesota Gopher carded an even par round in rainy conditions in Carnoustie, Scotland, good enough for -4 overall.

That put him just 2 off clubhouse leader Zach Johnson as of late Friday morning, when there were still several golfers out on the course.

The South African national was on the Gophers men's golf team from 2009-2013 and is just now in his rookie season on the European Tour. This is his first appearance in a PGA Tour major championship. 

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And he's keeping pace with the big talents of the golfing world. At 4 under he's on the same score as megastar Rory McIlroy after 2 rounds, one ahead of Jordan Spieth and four ahead of Tiger Woods.

Van Rooyen finished his round with three birdies and three bogeys to end up level for the day, though there seemed to be plenty of opportunities out there for some good scoring, with England's Tommy Fleetwood getting the lowest score of the day with a -6.

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