Day Two Update — 144th Open Championship — Old Course at St. Andrews — St. Andrews, Scotland —
Weather is starting to take its toll on the 144th Open Championship in Scotland.
Heavy rains delayed play early at the Old Course eventually leading to suspension of play due to darkness. A number of players will need to finish up round two action early Saturday morning in Scotland before the 156-player field can be cut down to low 70 and ties.
Overnight leader Dustin Johnson continues to lead the way. At 10-under overall when play was suspended, Johnson was a shot clear of Danny Willett, who both opened 66-69 and is 9-under through 36 holes. Both Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion from Scotland, and Jason Day are 8-under at the moment with a handful of holes to complete their second rounds.
Former Masters champion Zach Johnson, Scotland’s Marc Warren, Open champion Adam Scott and American Robert Streb are all in the clubhouse at 7-under through two rounds at the Old Course. Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, is also at a 7-under tally through 11 holes in his second round.
Johnson is through 13 holes and playing alongside Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth (5-under overall and T-15). Spieth, the second-ranked player in the world, is even par on his round.
For Willett, the Englishman is no stranger to the big stage this season. He finished third at the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Match Play event in San Francisco. He won the European Tour’s season-opened at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South African last December and sits 39th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Several high-profile players are near the cut line projected to be 1-over including Victor Dubuisson, John Daly, Ian Poulter and Brandt Snedeker. Almost certain to miss the weekend is Keegan Bradley (75-72) and Tom Watson (76-80), making his final appearance at the Open Championship. Tiger Woods, a two-time Open champion at the Old Course, is 5-over with seven holes to play and needs to make several birdies coming in to have a shot to make the cut.
Other Golf News:
- Willett opened as a 100-to-1 long shot at www.ladbrokes.com to win the Open Championship.
- Ha Ha Jang (9-under) continues to lead the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic in Ohio. She is through 36 holes, but several players are still on the course including Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park (3-under overall with 10 holes to play). Stacy Lewis is T-13 and in the clubhouse at 3-under, while Lydia Ko sits T-13 at 3-under alongside Park with holes to finish.
- Three are tied at 8-under at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in Alabama including Charlie Beljan.
- Dustin Johnson is the first player to hold the overnight first-round lead at the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same year in more than 40 years.