But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it's little more than a temporary sleight of hand.
Rose finished almost three hours before the leaders teed off, and was at 4 under for the tournament, two shots off the lead held by Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner.
A bogey on the 16th and a par save from short of the Barry Burn on the 18th gave him a 66.
"Today was a really, really solid day", Spieth told Golf Channel. I've got a chance at this, which is great. "I think it will blow this weekend and make it even more hard".
Johnson won the Open in 2015 at St Andrews and with his precision short iron play and his clinical approach, he acknowledges that links golf suits him.
"It was meant to be what I normally get, and instead he went a little shorter". He then made double bogey on the next two holes and wound up with a 77 to finish at 4 over.
One shot behind were Tommy Fleetwood (65), Pat Perez (68), and Xander Schauffele (66).
Among the big names hovering are Rory McIlroy at four-under after a 69 today and defending champion Jordan Spieth also at four-under after a second-round 67. I didn't want to drop that last shot. They were last together three weeks ago when Woods presented him the trophy at the Quicken Loans National after Molinari shot 62 for an eight-shot victory.
But he was fortunate to make a bogey at the second after a awful drive well right of the fairway, and he failed to birdie the par-5 sixth after another wayward drive that meant he could not advance the ball very close to the green.
Kevin Kisner looks to bring home his first major on Sunday at the British Open. I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone at this point. I wasn't saying to myself, 'Geez, I wish I was on the other side of the draw'.
In his second major (he played the US Open earlier this year), Herbert woke feeling uneasy. "I didn't let the conditions get to me". I was ready to put my feet up in front of the TV all day.
"I'm obviously disappointed after the way I finished, but I'm still in the tournament". Sure, Spieth had completed an under-the-radar first two rounds after which he sat just a few strokes back of the lead, but the real warning siren came when he pulled driver at the first.
"I played a little bit better yesterday", Woods said of his matching scores for the opening two rounds. Even American playing partner Shaun Norris got swept along by Woods-mania. "I had to stay within reach", Woods continued.
Davis said the experience had matched his expectations.
"Thursday, the golf course was very, very quick".
Marc Leishman, Brett Rumford and Cameron Davis are all tied-52 at two-over par.
Tiger Woods rediscovered his golden touch on Saturday, July 22, with 6 birdies in his 3rd round moving him into a share of the lead at the British Open.