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Jul 18, 2015

Play underway at St Andrews after 10-hour delay

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Play finally resumed after a delay of 10 and a half hours in the second round of the 144th British Open on Saturday.

Organisers called the players off at around 0730 local time because of howling 50mph winds that buffeted the iconic Old Course layout at St Andrews.

Jul 18, 2015

Sanders still ruing miss that cost him millions

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – He ran with the Rat Pack, he befriended U.S. presidents and big-name celebrities but Doug Sanders will forever be remembered as the man who missed THAT putt in the 1970 British Open at St Andrews.

The American had suffered a string of major championship near misses when he walked on to the 72nd green at the Home of Golf needing to sink a three-foot putt to defeat the great Jack Nicklaus.

Jul 18, 2015

Golf-Open to finish on Monday for first time since 1988

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 18 (Reuters) – The British Open will end on a Monday for the first time since the late Seve Ballesteros won at Royal Lytham in 1988 after high winds caused havoc on Saturday.

The Royal and Ancient (R&A) organisers announced their plan for the delayed second round to be completed later on Saturday, for the third round to be played on Sunday and for the final round to be contested on Monday.

Jul 18, 2015

Johnson leads way as Watson and Faldo bid farewell

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Floods, fireworks and farewells were the order of the day as a rain-interrupted second round ended with Dustin Johnson occupying first place on the leaderboard in the 144th British Open on Friday.

The big-hitting American was 10-under-par for the championship through 13 holes, one stroke clear of England’s Danny Willett (69), when darkness ended play just before 10pm with several groups still out on the course.

Jul 17, 2015

Johnson lauds British Open mopping up operation

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Former U.S. Masters champion Zach Johnson doffed his cap to the Royal and Ancient organizers and their greenkeeping staff for defying the elements in the second round of the 144th British Open on Friday.

The 39-year-old American did not know what to expect after an early morning deluge left the iconic layout saturated and he was startled to see how quickly St Andrews recovered from the downpour.

Jul 17, 2015

Scott’s chip on the shoulder is driving him on

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The ‘chip on his shoulder’ could be the driving force that propels Adam Scott to that elusive maiden British Open victory this weekend, the Australian said on Friday.

The world number 11 played precision golf in the second round at St Andrews as a faultless five-under-par 67 lifted him to seven-under for the championship, two strokes behind early leader Danny Willett of England.

Jul 17, 2015

Golf – Adam Scott’s chip on the shoulder is driving him on

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – The ‘chip on his shoulder’ could be the driving force that propels Adam Scott to that elusive maiden British Open victory this weekend, the Australian said on Friday.

The world number 11 played precision golf in the second round at St Andrews as a faultless five-under-par 67 lifted him to seven-under for the championship, two strokes behind early leader Danny Willett of England.

Jul 17, 2015

Armageddon? No, Willett is now on top of the world

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – One day after offering a tongue in cheek forecast about impending Armageddon, Danny Willett was on top of the world as he grabbed the early second-round lead in golf’s oldest major on Friday.

After play was interrupted for more than three hours because of torrential rain and strong winds, the 27-year-old Englishman took the British Open by the scruff of the neck by establishing a two-stroke lead in the clubhouse.

Jul 17, 2015

Golf-Canny Danny leads way as Willett prospers

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, July 17 (Reuters) – England’s Danny Willett shrugged off two late three-putt efforts to set the early clubhouse target on nine-under-par in the weather-interrupted second round of the 144th British Open on Friday.

After a torrential downpour left pools of water lying all over the iconic St Andrews layout and caused play to be suspended for three hours and 14 minutes, it started to rain birdies for double European Tour winner Willett.

Jul 17, 2015

Canny Danny leads way as Willett prospers on British Open resumption

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – England’s Danny Willett made good early progress to seize the initiative in the weather-interrupted second round of the 144th British Open on Friday.

After a torrential downpour left pools of water lying all over the iconic St Andrews layout and caused play to be suspended for three hours and 14 minutes, it started to rain birdies for double European Tour winner Willett.

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