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Right, sorry about the late finish, not a lot I could do about that really, but it's over now. Ten groups will have to return in the morning, including Kent's Steven Tiley, who's tied for third on six under after 10. Jin Jeong, the British amateur champion from Korea, is five under with one to play, while Alejandro Canizares is also five under after 12. Old warhorse Darren Clarke is four under through 15, someone could win a lot of cash on him this weekend. Byezzzzzz.... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Carrick on 606:
"Does anyone agree with me that Oliver Wilson's comments on the toughness of the Open today are so arrogant? The majority of pros feel every course should be set up for them to shoot sub-par rounds every time they go out."
Fluff on 606:
"Ten hours for all players to tee off, it's a very long day. Why so many players? This is our Open, why then are only 25% of the players from GB and NI? There are more US players, some of who very few of us have ever heard of, I'm sure the USPGA would not allow 75% of foreign players into their championship."
Ishikawa drains his birdie putt at 18 for a round of 73 and he's currently tied 22nd on three under. Right, that's that then, Steven Tiley of Kent still has eight holes to play in the morning, and he was in the last group out... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
That's almost unbelievable! Watson's pitch on at 18 stops centimetres from the hole and for a moment it looks like it might drop - it doesn't and he's able to make his final stroke a picture-perfect moment. Ishikawa leaves himself six or seven feet for birdie, he'll have that for 73. Harrington is in this group, too, but he's being flying under the radar for a reason - pretty ordinary round today, three over after two and six over through 17 for +7 overall. Birdie at the last at least, back to +6. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Darren Clarke remains four under after 14 before turning to the ref and asking for mercy - the horn sounds less than a minute later. Players can finish their holes, however, and Tom Watson's got his bomb away - great scenes on the Swilken Bridge, the five-time champion milking it for all it's worth. Tiger doesn't look too chuffed about it, arms crossed, grim face, as if to say "who's this old geezer? Doesn't he know I'm putting for eagle?" Woods misses just left, slings his wand, but that's a pretty decent effort, a round of 73 for -3 overall. Rose won't be here this weekend - a 77 for +3, he'll rue that tee shot at 16. Villegas in for a 75 and -1 overall, still with a faint whiff of the lead. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Watson shows his class, almost popping in his recovery at 17, but he's four over and won't be around this weekend. Jin Jeong, only 20, rolls one for par at 16, he remains five under. Rose leaves himself plenty of graft, he's got a 12-footer for the chance of weekend spot. Old Tom Watson with a bogey at 17, back to +5... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Watson at 17 and he's cut his ball across the face and over the ridge on the right. Beauty from Ishikawa, as news reaches me that players are asking for an end to play because of the fading light. Still lots of love for Tiger, big ovation as he walks down the last... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Villegas gets one away down 18, he hit the cover off that... CALM DOWN TIGER! HE'S ALMOST STUCK IT IN OFF THE TEE! A couple of feet wide of the hole and quite a few feet past. Rose finds the hollow front left, next to Villegas... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Ross Fisher is in with a 77, his birdie effort trailing away at the last. He'll be around at the weekend, though, +1 for the week. Woods's birdie effort at 17 runs out of oomph, Rose can't make his disappear either, he stays +3 and needs a birdie down the last. Villegas in for four at 17 to stay -1, Woods follows him in to stay -3. Sean O'Hair made light of the conditions today, he carded a 72 to stay five under and remain on the scent. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Raffazza on 606:
"Went to school with Tiley, we talked about how he was going to be England's star whilst we pretended to pay attention in A-level Geography..."
Cracking shot from Rose at 17, chance for a much-needed birdie. Clarke with a birdie at 14, he's loving it out there and won't want to go in - the Northern Irishman is four under. Strong words from Oliver Wilson but I'm sure he won't be the first to pile in. O'Hair with a bump and run at 18 - his ball grows crampons and somehow sticks on the slope of the green. 'Panther' Tiley for birdie at 10 - decent effort, but he should stay six under. Jeong's let one go at 15, back to -5 he goes... halfway cut currently +1, that could go to +2... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Oliver Wilson (+3):
"It was unplayable. It was a joke out there. Every single pin was on the high point on every green and knowing the wind is going to be like this makes no sense. Obviously I'm a little bitter because I've not played very well but I think they have made a mockery of the tournament and that's a bit of a shame. They've got to use their brains when they know it is going to be like that."
Funny seeing the players complete their 18, staggering, jelly-legged from the hole after they've retrieved their ball, like a boxer returning to his corner after 15 rounds. Jin Jeong with a birdie putt at 15 from about 30 yards and what a putt it is, he'll have a makeable putt for par. That's outrageous from Clarke, he's putted that to within 10 feet from all of 50 yards. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong, Tiley
A 79 for Ernie, the 2002 champion bites the dust. Poulter doesn't hit it, he's in with a 73 for even par overall. He played better than that. Cink leaves his birdie putt short and the defending champion is in with a 74 and is even par overall. O'Hair's still making hay in the gloom, a rare birdie at 17 to get back to five under. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong, Tiley
Canizares with a cute escape at 11... Denmark's Mark Haastrup bangs in a lengthy birdie putt at nine and is four under. Can't be much juice left today, pretty murky up in Fife. Poulter into the 18th, decent effort, still left with a tester. Tiger cosies his birdie putt just past the hole at 16 after that bogey at the previous hole. Not to be for Els, he's left himself too much jigging to do on the 18th dancefloor. Rose in for six at 16, he needs snookers on the final two. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong, Tiley
That's the putt of an Open champion - Poulter with a save from 30 feet. DARREN CLARKE FROM 100FT! Birdie to move to -3! That was bigger than Wogan, and Wogan is massive. For the fans, that was like trudging through sludge and happening across a diamond. Anyone know what the biggest swing is between first and second rounds at a major? Seventeen-shot swing for McIlroy today... Jeong of Korea birdies 14 and is six under again, remarkable performance from the British amateur champion. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Jeong, Tiley
Els can only manage to stop his ball 20 feet past from the cinder path next to the 17th green, he's in grave danger of missing the cut. Cink's long birdie putt runs out of puff six feet short... here's Justin Rose pushing his tee shot right into the fence at 16, that'll be a reload... Els drops a shot at 17, he's in need of a miracle to make the weekend... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Poulter with that whippy swing of his, ripping it out of the rough down 17. Cink all over the flag at 17, Ernie fizzes one in from right to left, his ball skirts with the apron and runs away into the road. Villegas makes par at 15 to stay -1, Woods lets a shot go to drop back to -3. Woods having a real armwrestle with the Old Lady today... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
Canizares dropped a shot at 10 to drop back to -5. Ishikawa for birdie at 14 - timid, he stays three under. TILEY FACT ATTACK: Steven's favourite food is roast dinner with all the trimmings... he's putting a splendid round together, still six under after seven, level for the day... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Tiley
"At least McIlroy has maintained his record of not shooting a round in the 70s at St Andrews," texts some wag from out in the ether. "Even his hair looks tired and strained," quips Mark James on the BBC. Ernie's getting his backside kicked, bogey at 16, six over for the day, three over overall. Tough day for Korean amateur Eric Chun, a 76 today for +3 overall. Good start, couldn't quite keep it up - double bogey at 17... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Here's Woods with a slight right-to-lefter but he misses just left and stays four under - chance gone there. Villegas with his eagle putt... agonising, a couple of inches short, but at least he's back under par. Deary me, McIlroy's feet were already up in the clubhouse there, he's curled his second at 18 back off the front of the green. Clark makes three - glory be - to finish with an 80. McIlroy squeezes in his par putt, he's also in with an 80 - tough day, -1, 11 off the lead... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Woods attempts to draw his second into the 14th green but it's come up just short in this dank, evening air. What a shot from Villegas, he's stiffed his second to within a few feet. Oliver Wilson is in with a 79 for +3 overall. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Poulter very nearly makes another birdie at 15 but it just runs out of gas. Glover's in seven shades of hell at 17, his par putt comes up well short but he does make his par putt. McIlroy's safely in, a decent hit down the last and he'll definitely be here this weekend. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Clark looks to have shanked his approach at 17 but it's pretty much bang on, right on line. McIlroy comes up short, he's cutting a pretty desolate figure. Canizares pops in a par putt at the ninth to stay six under. Canizares is 27, but looks about 17. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Villegas to save par on 13... leaves it low, back to level. Poulter finds the heart of the green with his second at 15. Woods squeezes his par putt left, back to -4 for Tiger. Players pulling all sorts of paraphernalia out of their bags now, mittens and everything, it really is brass monkeys up there. Good save from Rose, he bounds off the 13th green with a rare smile.-12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Plenty of good performances from the Asian contingent so far - Jin Jeong of Korea, an amateur, is one of the few players under par through 11 and five under overall; Japan's Toru Tanaguchi is four under after two completed rounds; Ryo Ishikawa of Japan is four under through 12 today. Woods with a monster putt across 13, left himself work to do. McIlroy with a 63 yesterday, he was 63 today after 14 holes, but he did manage to par the 16th. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Woods out of the rough at 13 and it looks like a ripper... Poulter finally makes one disappear at 14, he's back in the red. JB Holmes leaves his birdie attempt right at 10, but he's doing well, -2 overall. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Woods yanks his tee shot left at 13, Villegas pushes his right. Can Rose split the difference?: Pretty much, bit left, but it'll do. Henrik Stenson, the tall, wiry Swede, misses a short one at 11 before very nearly taking a chunk out of the dancefloor... easy Henrik, it's not just you... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
The R&A reckon there will be nine groups still on the course tonight when the light fades, they'll be back out tomorrow around about 6.30am. You're having to watch Rory McIlroy through your fingers at the moment - he prods a par putt wide at 15 and is now -1 - if he drops two more on the last three holes, he could miss the cut. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Tiley cosies his eagle putt to within a few feet at five, he should pop that in to get back to six under. Nick Watney is lurking in the shadows, he's one under through 15 and four under overall. Tiley made that putt by the way. TILEY FACT ATTACK: He likes Ferrar 340s in red and the feeling of a brand new glove... Tim Clark suffering badly out there and his birdie putt at 15 runs out of legs. Poor chap's nine over today. Glover's let one go, back to two under he tumbles... better forecast for tomorrow by the way, so don't right this as a spectacle just yet. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Andrew Coltart (-1):
"It was very, very difficult. It was really tough to get the ball anywhere near the hole. Coming in here this week making the cut was the target so I'm pleased with that."
mikeliddle on Twitter:
"At least the strong winds at the Open have stopped the idiots shouting 'In the hole' on a 500-yard tee shot!"
Fine round from 50-year-old Aussie Peter Senior today, a 71 to go with his first-round 73, he's level par. Alas, Justin Rose dropped another at 11 and is level. He tugs his tee shot into some scrub on 12. Ishikawa with a great effort at 11, missing by inches from long range, he'll stay -4. Good little bump and run from Andersson Hed at nine, the Swede is four under... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares
Henrik Stenson is just managing to hold his round together, he's two over for his round through 10 and two under for the week. Tiger from 30 feet at 11 and he just misses left - in for a par, and he's flying under the radar at five under. McIlroy can't make birdie at the par-five 14th, he stays five under. A shake of the head and a raise of the eyebrows, golf's suddenly one big mystery... Glover pops in a birdie after a sweet little pitch, he's back to -3. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares
Here's Canizares splashing out at seven, nice shot, he should get down in two from there. Clarke with putter from miles off the front of the ninth - decent effort, should make par from there. Apologies, Canizares let a shot go at six, he is down at six under... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares
Clark, one of the straightest hitters in the game, skews his drive over the wall down the right side of the 14th, and that on the back of a double at the 13th. Darren Clarke's looking good though, he's -3 through eight. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia, Canizares -6 Casey, Westwood
Jeong of Korea had never played links golf until this year but he's thriving, out in 35 for -5 overall. Poulter wobbling, bogeys at 10 and 11 and his birdie putt stays left at 12. Els makes his saver to stay +5 for his round and +2 for the tournament. Defending champion Cink is grinding out a score, he's -1 through 12... Shot back for Canizares at five, he rejoins Calcavecchia on seven under. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia, Canizares -6 Casey, Westwood
Another shot gone for McIlroy, he drops back to -2 - seven over for the day, what a difference a day makes. Canizares slides his par putt right of the hole at six, he drops out of the tie for second. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares
Coltart putts through the Valley of Sin at 18 and he'll have an eight-footer to get back to under par. Daly's birdie effort comes up short... McIlroy leaves himself with lots of work to do after his birdie putt at 13 curls off to the right. Coltart drains his birdie putt at 18 for a round of 77 and -1 overall. Daly's squeezed his par putt left, he's in with a 76 for -2 and tied 30th. He took a few blows today, but he's still standing. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia, Canizares -6 Casey, Westwood
+10 players at 5 under
Some information on Steve Tiley - he's 29, from Kent, attended Georgia State university, his favourite animal is the panther and he's a fan of UK garage. Oh, and his favourite drink is water. Woods makes par at 10 to stay -5. Rose raises a smile as he makes par at 10 to stay -1. John Daly's other half striding the fairways, she wears those bad boy trousers rather better than the old man. Shot gone for Korean amateur Jeong at eight, he drops back to -5. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia, Canizares -6 Casey, Westwood, Andersson Hed
Many thanks Saj, Dirs is back to take you to the close, whenever that may be. As I join you Daly pitches into the road next to the green at 17. Tiley's par putt at four lips out, he slips back to five under. Alejandro Canizares, son of the great Ryder Cupper, joins Calcavecchia on seven under with birdie at five. Frederick Andersson Hed of Sweden also birdie five and is six under. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia, Canizares -6 Casey, Westwood, Andersson Hed
Another par for McIlroy at the 12th. Still no birdies today for the overnight leader.
American John Daly's wonderful 25-foot effort narrowly drifts past the hole. He taps in for par at the par-four 16th to stay at three under for the championship. Birdie, par, par for the former winner to heal some of the hurt caused by four bogeys.
A birdie for Tiger Woods at the par-four ninth to move back to where he started - five under. Rose makes par while Villegas drops a shot.
The projected cut is at one over, that'll ensure that Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald, Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els will get their clubs out again this weekend. Meanwhile, McIlroy's putt at the 11th from about 40 feet rolls back down to almost where he's standing. Ouch! On a happier note, Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed picks up a birdie at the fifth to move to six under.-12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Jeong, Tiley, Andersson Hed
Now then, this is interesting... South Korea amateur Jin Jeong holes his second birdie at the seventh to move to six under. He's two under today - impressive. An amateur winning the Open eh?
Hello, Saj Chowdhury here. Windy isn't it? Birdie for Villegas at the eighth to move back to two under - deservedly so for a great approach, while England's Rose makes par at the same hole - he's at one under for the championship.
Woods with one of those 'men from the boys' 12-footers and he rams it in to stay four under through seven. Marcel Siem, who came through a three-man play-off to make it to St Andrews, finishes with a par for a 75 and -2 overall. Shame about that triple on 17... Steven Tiley starts with three straight pars... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
The row rages on 606 as to the merits of holding a major in conditions such as this - is it a lottery? Will the winner be unworthy? You know the sort of thing. Villegas with a peach of a tee shot at the par-three eighth, he'll have an eight-footer for par. Darren Clarke, who's been in form of late, is one under through four for -3 overall. Justin Rose popping out of some gorse at eight, he'll have a 10-footer for par. Tiger was over there too, and he squeezes to within 10 feet. JOHN DALY FINALLY LANDS A BIRDIE! In at 14, back to -3. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Ernie Els is out in 40, just as Woods apes the South African's birdie effort at seven, the ball sliding six feet by. Tom Watson's two over after six, he's just double-bogeyed the fifth. Woods doesn't make the same mistake as Els coming back, that's a par to stay four under. One thing's for sure, when the fat lady's singing Tiger'll still be swinging... three gone for Siem at 17, he drops back to two under... this is depressing, I feel like having a little sob on someone's bosom. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Juan on 606:
"There's no chance the winner of this Open will not have to face bad weather at some point. Particularly considering that all those in with a chance will be teeing off around the same time on the weekend. That -12 will not stand up. Guaranteed."
There is a cloak of despondency hanging over the course at the moment, players cowering from the elements and simply looking to survive, not thrive. Tiley in for par at two, he stays six under. McIlroy at 10 and that's another one gone, his 15-footer missing left... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Thomas Aiken on fellow South African and leader Louis Oosthuizen:
"He played unbelievable golf. I know he had more favourable conditions but to shoot 12 under is fantastic. We grew up playing together. He is a really, really nice guy, like a little kid. His nickname is Shrek because he looks like him..."
Poulter is putting a pretty decent round together in the circumstances, one under through eight for his round for -2 overall. Horror round for former US Open champ Geoff Ogilvy today, a 78. Els hooks his second at nine into the long stuff, nasty recovery from there. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Villegas SINKS a short one for bogey at six, he's back to -1 and 11 off the lead. Kent's Steven Tiley - big in Egypt - pars the first to stay six under. Another shot gone for Daly at 13, his ball sliding by on the left-hand side. Marcel Siem with his long putter and that's a good save at 16, he stays five under. Stenson's got a shot back at the par-five fifth, the Swede is right in it at four under. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Woods with putter from off the green at six and he'll tap in for par. McIlroy with a 10-foot birdie putt at nine... shaves the hole to the right, he's out in 40. Ishikawa is under par for the day, birdie at the par-five fifth for the Japanese. JB Holmes is also one under after a birdie at four... Marcel Siem of Germany made bogey at 15 to drop back to -5... birdie for Glover at nine, he's back up to -5 and young Canizares of Spain has birdie three to join the exclusive group on six under... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Canizares, Tiley
Tiger Woods with his second into the sixth - looking to cut it below the wind and he leaks it right. Never mind, he may well drain that recovery. Rose had a pretty good connection but the wind got hold of it and dumped it into the wispy stuff to the right of the green. McIlroy gets the old mallet out and gives it a clobber up the ninth green - decent effort, but he could really do with that going in. Cracking from Poulter at eight, hitting his ball into the blanket of wind and seeing it ricochet off onto the left side of the green. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
Sam via text:
"Please moderate your flowery use of the English language. Putts do not leak, nor do they drain! As we can't see the action we rely on you to paint the picture - one of a golf course, not a plumbing system. Many thanks."
Believe it or not, we've still got a group to go out - not much to look forward to, I decree today that golf is simply taking and not giving. Looking more and more likely that +1s will make it to the weekend, as Woods nearly puts his back out curtailing his swing on the sixth tee. When he does eventually launch it, it ends up down the 13th... a wind of 31mph gusting across the sixth, and it carries Villegas's ball into some wispy stuff... Poulter misses with a birdie attempt at seven, he stays two under. Els feathers a birdie putt towards the hole at seven and the ball tugs it left of the hole... he misses coming back, a three-putt from nowhere... it's a demolition derby at St Andrews... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
cowboymartin on 606:
"Shame you don't get a 'true' champion when the weather plays such a major part in the proceedings. Golf tournaments, especially majors, should be won by the player who plays best and not who gets the best of the weather."
Rose with his first birdie of the day at five, the Englishman back in the red. Shot gone for Villegas of Colombia, however, he's back to -3. Every time you look up McIlroy's in trouble - four shots gone between four and eight, the Northern Irishman back to -5.-12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, McIlroy, Tiley
Rose has killed his second stone dead next to the pin at five, and Woods nearly sticks his in. Villegas's par putt curls back down away from the hole. I've got this image in my head of Louis Oosthuizen sitting in a darkened hotel room in his pyjamas, laughing maniacally and spluttering half-eaten scone all over the room as the TV coverage flickers away in the corner. Woods with his first birdie of the day though, he's back to -4. -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, McIlroy, Tiley
Lovely touch from Poulter at six, the ball falling away before rising again and missing the cup by inches. Tiger's approach is nestled up against a cart, it'll have to be moved. Coltart misses a short one at 11 and drops back to -3. Only four men out on the course are under par - who said St Andrews was too easy?-12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, McIlroy, Tiley
Tiger's not happy with that - he leaks his second at five right of the green before giving the turf a belt with his rescue club. Rose has gone with the wind as well, it's not getting any easier... shot gone for Daly at 11, back to -3, but he's suffering no more than anyone else... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, McIlroy, Tiley
I reckon we could be hearing the 'ooter again soon, players are getting very edgy over every putt. Clark very nearly drains another longun at seven, but he stays level. McIlroy leaking like a sieve, another shot gone at seven, he's plummeted to -6... -12 Oosthuizen -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, McIlroy, Tiley
Daly showing plenty of resolve after those dropped shots at six and seven, he's regained his balance to par the next three. McIlroy in a coffin next to the seventh and that's a pretty good escape, although he'll have a 20-footer for par. Not a great start from Sean O'Hair of Lubbock, Texas, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour - bogeys at one and two, back to -3... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
McIlroy was like Cock o' the North yesterday, but not so today - he finds rough off the tee at seven and is in some rubbish. Nick Watney with a rare bird from long range at seven, the American is level for the day and five under for the tournament. Just a par for Ernie at five, he stays -1.-12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
"It must be like trying to play snooker in the wind," says Ken Brown as Lucas Glover weighs up his par putt at six, a putt he makes. Poulter overcooks his pitch on at five... here's Ernie Els, and his putt up the hill at five comes up fully 20 feet short... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
McIlroy thrashes out with a wedge at six, he's finding this game a bit more difficult today. Two shots gone for Ross Fisher at two and four, the Englishman back to -2. Stenson back to three under after a bogey at three... McIlroy looking very much like a boy with a thorn in his side after that third into the sixth - the wind swirling this ball around before spitting it out 18 feet of the pin. A SHARD OF LIGHT PIERCING THE GLOOM! Tim Clark with a Terry Wogan long putt from the edge of the putting surface and it's gobbled up by the cup, the South African back to level. Coltart with a birdie at 10, the Scot back up to four under... shot gone for McIlroy... -12 Oosthuizen -7 McIlroy, Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
Magnificent touch from Villegas, a naughty little scuttling bump and run to within a few feet at four. Rose's birdie putt expires a few feet short of the cup, as Alex in Jersey
texts in to say John Daly has bowel movements every 48 hours. The thing is, with his new regime, he should probably change his name to John Weekley - maybe Boo will do a swap? Woods in for par at four, he stays -3... big cohones from Villegas, in for par... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Tiley
Of the last 20 players through the turn, only one man has broken par. Clark has to step away from his drive at six... twice... we could be in for another stoppage. Finally we have lift off, and it's a pretty decent effort. -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Glover, Tiley
Ishikawa slides his birdie putt by the hole at three, the spunky young Japanese stays four under. Woods with a nine iron from 145 yards - the wind grabs hold of that as if it's a tumbleweed and the ball just manages to hold onto the front of the green at four. Villegas is way out with his approach... McIlroy with the big dog at six, he pushes it right into the semi-rough... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Glover, Tiley
McIlroy can only make a five at five, it was as if he was putting into a giant fan. This wind is causing havoc - Lucas Glover walks away from the ball and calls over the referee, his ball obviously oscillating wildly. Glover lets a shot go, the American back to five under. Wind tugging at Clark's strides - must be like having a gaggle of toddlers trailing behind you all round - he misses and drops back to level. -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Glover, Tiley
David, London, via text:
"Apparently John Terry is the only one at Chelsea who doesn't like Chocolate Orange."
The wind snagging that chip from McIlroy at the par-five fifth, that was right into the teeth. Marcel Siem of Germany back to six under, he's thriving in the wind. Aaah, John Terry... when I find myself in times of trouble, I often say to myself: what would the Chelsea skipper do? -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Glover, Tiley
Woods's birdie attempt stays left at three and he stays -3. Proper golf this, all about digging your claws in and trying not to be shaken off by an excitable St Andrews. Villegas's birdie putt slips by at three, Rose nails his putt for par... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Sandy Lyle carded a 76 today, he won't be around this weekend. Glorious from the dazzlingly handsome Villegas, making the galleries swoon with a pin-seeker at three. Sadly, we may never see the day when one of Holmes, Watson and Moriarty are grouped together - Moriarty of Ireland is in with a 73, for +1 overall... Kent's Steve Tiley - big in Egypt - is off in five, he's six under... Poulter bangs in a long-ranger at four to get to -2! Ten off the lead... Coltart's let another one go at the eighth, back to -3 he goes... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Ryo Ishikawa of Japan birdies one to get to -5 - built like a length of piano wire, this wind won't bother him. Daly for par at seven but nothing's dropping and he's back to -4. That's the thing about trousers that look like the cover of an album by Captain Beefheart, they look good when everything's dropping but if not... Hunter Mahan of the United States played an impeccable second into the fourth and makes his birdie putt disappear to climb to -4... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
(see below), Caroline Cheese is the only BBC text commentator who doesn't like cheese - she's more of a chocolate person. Coltart with a great saver at seven to stay -4. Villegas's 25-foot birdie attempt at two slides by and Woods lets another one slip - very nervy little poke with that new wand of his, which is working more like a length of scaffolding at the moment. Rose in for par... -12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Dave from Chiswick via text:
"Re Lucas Glover not having a glove - Frank Beard is the only one out of ZZ Top who doesn't have a beard. Makes me chuckle every time I think about it."
Shot gone for McIlroy, his par putt snakes by and he's back to eight under, Louis Oosthuizen now has a four-stroke lead. Woods with his second into two and he's safely on. Cracking second from the right side of the fairway and Villegas gets inside him. Clark's let another shot leak away at four, and Harrington missed that par putt at the first to drop back to +2.-12 Oosthuizen -8 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
BBC golf commentator Andrew Cotter has done a
guide to St Andrews
- I haven't seen it myself but I'm told it's brilliant. The consensus is that this wind doesn't seem to have calmed down at all, so there's gonna be some sky-high shooting tonight. Touch of a blacksmith from McIlroy around the green at four, could be a shot gone. Glover's in for par, he stays -6. Padraig's out and about and what a shot that is, gossamer from some green-side cabbage and he should save par.
I must say I have to agree, this wind-moving-the-ball rule seems utterly ridiculous, how can you penalise something a player has no control over? Aaah well, it's just a game... McIlroy tugs his tee shot left at four, Little Timmy Clark follows him down there... -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
There's the 'ooter! We're back under way and Justin Rose's curling par putt misses right, he's back to -1. And a three-putt bogey for Woods, the world number one back to -4 and eight off the lead. And another! Villegas's effort dips left too soon and he's back to -3...
David Ellis, Kent, via text:
"This is ridiculous. The mindless law that governs moving balls on the green should be changed to allow the player to replace the ball to where it was and to play it without penalty when ready. Simples. That way play would not have been suspended."
Oh, I really do pity the fool that is Sam Lyon - he muppeted up some links below, manually refresh and it will be fixed. Apparently there's a player missing! Not sure who it is, they're looking for him at the moment...
Many thanks Sam. Poults is eating tea cakes now and drinking Earl Grey - oh, Twitter, where would civilisation be without you? So, he said "Lucas Glover, he's one of the only players on tour not to wear a glove," and I said, "how ironic, Lucas Glover doesn't wear a glove!" And we laughed and laughed and laughed...
Right then, the time has come for me to hand you over to Ben Dirs
for the evening session - just in time for the restart, I'd wager. Have a cracking one, folks. Nice.
From Ben, Lichfield via text:
"Call me selfish but I'm glad of the delay. It means I can catch the end of McIlroy's round after work. Someone up there likes me!"
1525: PLAY TO RESUME IN 15 MINUTES
Ian Poulter on Twitter:
"Blown off the course by the blustery Scottish winds. Having a nice pot of tea in the conservatory of the old course hotel. Lovely jubbly."
Waiting... waiting... Remarkably, the sun is beaming down on St Andrews, but the only major activity on the Old Course is of golfers and caddies tucking into their packed lunches. Dum de dum.
From Darren, east Sussex, via text:
"In reply to Tony and Alfie's tweets, it's not that the pros can't cope, this is a professional tournament and you have to count each shot. Its not a game with your mates that you get on with whatever the conditions. The players are doing what they are told."
Garfy on 606:
"Pathetic! Should we cancel all Majors unless it is 30 degrees and calm with no chance of rain? It's windy, on a course in Scotland next to the sea!!! Who'd've thunk it?"
From Ben, Middlesex via text:
"I completely understand the delay. Players of this calibre can't afford a ball to move on them when they address the ball. The penalty and prize is too great, and a penalty in this situation could be the difference between a major win and a loss come Sunday."
Martin Kaymer on BBC Two:
"I just wanted to finish and get out of here. It was probably one of the hardest days I've ever had on a golf course. We're lucky the greens are slow because they would have suspended play two or three hours ago. I'm four under, which I think is a very good score in these conditions, and I had the bad side of the draw today. I enjoy the challenge (of the conditions), you have to fight and battle and give yourself birdie chances."
Phil Mickelson on BBC Two:
"I should make the cut. I'm safe right now, but the conditions could become calm later for the remainder still on course. St Andrews is very playable, you can play the ball along the ground or in air. You're always in play at St Andrews. I've had a poor deal on weather, but I've also played poorly. I need to shoot six or seven under par to stand a chance over the weekend, if I get there."
Apparently the winds are now 5mph slower than when play was suspended. No word on whether we'll resume soon, though.
From Lyndon, Dundee via text:
"Re. 1448. I play with Alfie regularly and he scores over 100 on a calm day!"
So, when was the last delay of this nature golf aficionados? We had a slight delay at Royal Birkdale a couple of years ago, but any others you can remember? This delay is fast looking a significant one. Soon enough the players will want another warm-up before resuming, much longer after that and we're looking at an impact on the later tee-times and the viability of those players completing their rounds before the day is done. Oh to be an R&A official now.
Tim Clark, having played three holes in his second round:
"They want us to stay out here just in case there's a quick turnaround. If the stoppage is just for 10 to 15 mins then it'll be OK."
From Tony, Glasgow, via text:
"First it's too easy, and now it's too difficult?! That's links golf in Scotland, get on with it you big jessies!"
Quite a few of the players are hanging around the course in the hope this is just a temporary suspension - but then just as many appear to have rallied to the clubhouse. Over on 18, meanwhile, German Martin Kaymer has taken the decision to see out his hole, bagging a birdie to move back to four under for the Championship after bogeys at 15 and 16.
From Alfie, Edinburgh via text:
"Pah! I've played St Andrews in those winds PLUS sideways rain. Admittedly, I scored over 100, but surely the pros can cope?"
The players carefully mark their balls on the greens and fairways across St Andrews, then, and make their way off the course, the winds prompting the suspension of play with the balls clearly being blown about on the greens - not least at 11. The spectators are apparently more than a little disgruntled, but when the balls are moving on the greens there's not a great deal of room for negotiation by the officials.
1439: PLAY SUSPENDED DUE TO UNPLAYABLE CONDITIONS 1438:
Scotland's Andrew Coltart misses his par putt at six and he drops to two under for the day, four under for the Championship, while Camilo Villegas leaves his birdie effort at the first out to dry by a long way and he'll have a tricky 10-footer now to save par. Justin Rose is also suffering in the wind and his putt breaks away and back down the hill to leave him 15 feet for par and Tiger Woods, from almost exactly the same position, leaves his birdie putt on the high side. Equally tricky. Oh hold on... here comes course official Grant Moyer at 11...
From Sparkle on 606:
"The wind radar is showing speeds steadily increasing until sunset...looks like Tiger's only chance of a major this year is the PGA."
John Daly, just as he did on the last, can't find the cup with his putt attempt at six - only this time it costs him a shot as the bogey sees him drop to five under and seven off clubhouse leader Louis Oosthuizen. Over at 11, the players appear to have stopped with the wind threatening to tear the flag out of the hole let alone oscillate the odd ball on the greens. It would appear most of the course is fine, but the most exposed areas areas are being beaten and bullied - decision time for the St Andrews boys.
Consternation among course officials here, with the odd ball wobbling about on the greens. We're told they are "monitoring the situation" - if the wind starts affecting things on the green, we're looking at a suspension.
The players properly fretting over club selection now with the winds playing devil, and Rory McIlroy is doing well to deliberately leave himself putts into the wind rather than with it. He lines up one such putt at three, but it singes the lip before slipping by and he settles for a third straight par. Lucas Glover does one better, though, with a lovely birdie that takes him to six under, while Ian Poulter does brilliantly to hack out of the rough at two to find the green and give himself a two-putt for par. At the sixth, Andrew Coltart - one over for the round already - leaves a putt well short.
Positive reaction to Mr Tiger Woods at the first, the world number one greeting the spectators with a doff of his cap and then drilling his tee shot calmly down the middle. Thankfully, no cries from 'cads' screaming "get in the hole". Justin Rose lands his tee alongside the American's, and Camilo Villegas follows suit. Lucas Glover sets himself up with a birdie chance at three with a well-judged approach on to the green, meanwhile.
Colin Montgomerie, in his 21st consecutive Open, pulls up just short with his birdie attempt at 18 to force him to settle for a round of 71 and leave him one over for the Championship. I wonder if that might prove enough to make the cut if this wind keeps dragging the scoring down through the afternoon. Those gusts are certainly playing havoc at St Andrews now - even the putts - and Retief Goosen winces as his birdie effort at 18 draws wide of the hole and he'll go into the clubhouse five under. And how important might that be for Phil Mickelson? The American sinks a potentially crucial birdie at the last to finish level par for the Championship and squeezing into the weekend as it stands.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Miguel Angel Jimenez on BBC Two:
"I am happy but it wasn't easy in these conditions. The wind is strong, but I don't mind playing in the wind. If it's windy for everybody then I'll be happy."
Rory McIlroy holes out a tiddler at two to make it a four-four start, while defending champion Stewart Cink kicks his round off with a bogey at the first. Tim Clark drops a shot at the second when his belly-putt sends the ball past from 12 feet, but South African Trevor Immelman knocks in a long one at four to move back to four under after a bogey at three.
From Anon via text:
"The Old Lady starting to bite back?! If this wind continues then Oosty could have a handy lead come the end of the day!!"
From Jon from Dorset via text:
"Every time I see McIlroy it looks more and more like he's got one of those hats with comedy hair attached. Are there many sportsmen with a greater mop?"
Sergio Garcia - boasting a star on his shirt in tribute, presumably, to Spain's World Cup win - pushes another putt past the hole, and two bogeys in his last four holes have seen him drop back to two under and sweating a touch on the cut. Over on the first, Ian Poulter - very much outshone in the 'fashion' stakes so far by John Daly - holes out for a par while, speak of the devil, Daly drops an eagle chance at five short. He'll birdie that to move seven under.
Graeme McDowell on BBC Two:
"I played really well coming in. There were a couple of holes where I could have done better, I also three-putted on some which was frustrating. The wind is picking up, so the afternoon guys will have a tough time. I don't enjoy these conditions, although I know how to play in them. Bring me sunshine."
Marcel Siem is faced with a very difficult up-and-down from the bunker at seven, but the German pulls a rabbit out of the hat to land a delicate chip within a foot of the hole. He'll stay six under. -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Lee Westwood on BBC Two:
"I got nothing out of that round and played a lot better than 71. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve though. I've played a lot better than my scores suggests. If I was sitting here at 10, 11 or 12 under then that would reflect the way I've been playing. I think I'll be there or thereabouts, my score certainly suggests that but I just have to keep doing what I've been doing. I'll keep having treatment on the ankle, it's just a case of managing it at the moment."
It's fair to say the wind has picked up again here - whenever Colin Montgomerie's jumper flaps about, you know it must be a bit parky. Lucas Glover, one of the few players on tour not to wear a glove (oh the irony), Tim Clark and Rory McIlroy all find the fairway at the par-four second, and here comes the reigning champions Stewart Cink, looking to make a charge after a below-par 70 yesterday, teeing off nicely at the first. Over on 17, Retief Goosen sends a super putt hole-wards for birdie but it pulls up just a touch short.
Rory McIlroy and Lucas Glover settle for par on the first, but Tim Clark sinks his chance to move to two under for the Championship. Over on 18, where the bagpipes can still be heard bizarrely, Graeme McDowell sinks a birdie to finish 3-4-3 and lie five under in the clubhouse. Surely that's not normal, someone playing the bagpipes behind the 18th green grandstand? It might not be so bad, but he only knows two songs - and neither of those particularly well by the sound of things.
Paul Casey on BBC Two:
"It was a very good round of golf, I made a lot of putts but there were still a couple of mistakes. I got stuck in the ugliest rough on this golf course. I wanted to take no chances but I still had to take two shots to get out of the rough and ended up with a seven. It's a bit frustrating but it's a major championship and it's going to test you. The rough is a bit too thick, there's no other rough like it on the golf course and it has got a bit out of control, but it doesn't matter if it's fair or not, we've all got to play it.
I rejoin amid sunny skies and a gentle breeze at St Andrews - it'll never last - and overnight leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who averages 67.22 on this course, punches a seven iron just about on to the first green, he'll have a heavy two-putt for par. Lucas Glover and Tim Clark will putt for birdie from seven and 15 feet respectively.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Lucas Glover, 2009 US Open champion, is safely away at the first and McIlroy, despite watching his ball anxiously, follows him down. Players champion Tim Clark makes it social... Garcia cuts his approach into the breeze at 17, he's got a monster putt coming back. Daly's eye is in, they're just refusing to drop - three straight pars. That's it from me, here's Sam Lyon
for another couple of hours... -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Sergio Garcia is making some putts disappear today, and you don't hear that very often - long saver at 16 to stay -3. Some dark clouds billowing in over the ninth and 10th, flag-poles starting to bend, if McIlroy makes another 63 in this, there's no way he's human. Westwood for his second birdie of the day at 18... doesn't hit it, he'll have to settle for a 70 and six under overall. Jimenez horseshoes his birdie putt, he has to settle for a 67 for -5 overall. -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
The US Open champion has made progress today, Graeme McDowell carding his sixth birdie at 16 to move to four under. Talking of Northern Irishmen, Rory's on tee in a couple of minutes - he dealt with a naked Old Lady in brutal fashion, how will he fare when she's fully clothed? -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Martin Kaymer of Germany is grinding it out - pars at 11, 12 and 13, he's five under overall. Westwood will be putting through the Valley of Sin at 18, as will Adam Scott. -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Jimenez makes a good stroke at 17, he'll go down the 18th with a chance of a 66. Monster putt from Casey up the 18th, that travelled 100 feet or more before coming to rest about eight feet from the cup. That's all you need when you're putting for birdie on 18, some clown banging out a bagpipe medley on the balcony - but Casey curls it in. A 69 for the Englishman, but it could have been a whole lot better... -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Casey, Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Westwood with a beastly putt round the bunker, or at least it looked like it, but he's rolled it to within five feet. Daly just misses left with his 15-footer at three, he stays five under. Monty with a dreamy second into the 15th, and The Goose very nearly gets inside him. Jimenez for birdie at 17 after two solid whacks but that's well shy, he'll be struggling to make par. -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Westwood tugs his approach left at 17 and he very nearly finds sand, but the ball just stays up on the neck. Peter Hanson of Sweden is in with a 73 and five under overall. Shot gone for Garcia at 15, letting an eight-footer slide by, the Spaniard back to three under. -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Mickelson with a par putt on the par-five 14th... it snakes by from eight feet, the world number two drops back to level par. The projected cut is level par at the moment, but that could change... Casey finished with a triple at 17, back to five under he goes... -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -7 Calcavecchia -6 Westwood, Siem, Daly, Tiley
Par for Westwood at 16, he stays -6. Sweet little pitch from Coltart at two, his ball lurching this way and that through the grooves and contours. John Daly - psychedelic pink strides, lime green hat, he looks like something Aldous Huxley might have brought up after a night on the mescaline - taps in for par, Coltart follows him in.
Westwood with a beautifully-judged putt from off the green at 16, he'll tap in to stay six under. Casey with 214 to the pin at 17... yanked it, the Road Hole making a mess of his card... Jimenez putting across the 16th - MONSTER! Two birdies in a row, eight in all, he's five under.
Jimenez 's trousers snagging this way and that in the breeze, which is coming across the course at 27mph. He takes an age over his second at 16, but is safely on - the Spaniard is four under through 15. Tanaguchi of Japan knocks in for a second straight 70 and is -4 overall, playing partner Karlsson cards a 71 and is also -4. What is it about Casey? Every event he seems to be advancing serenely and then the camera cuts to him and he's halfway up a tree or something - rough to the left of the 17th and it takes two hacks to get it out...
Afternoon, Ben Dirs here for a bit. What does John Daly look like? That's not a rhetorical question - what does John Daly look like? Shot gone for Andrew Coltart at the first, that came straight left off the clubface. Long John's in for par though, he stays six under.
As Peter Hanson bogeys 16 to fall back to six under, I'll hand you over to Ben Dirs
for an hour or so. I'll be back in a bit. Nice one.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia -6 Hanson, Westwood, Siem + three others
Another good, strong par for Lee Westwood thanks to a confident two-putt at 15, while Paul Casey gives himself more than a sniff of a par chance at the difficult 16th with a snaking putt from 30-odd feet. News from the back of the pack - Sandy Lyle is joint last in the clubhouse after a round of 76 to add to his opening 75, he's seven over alongside Anders Hansen. No Open fairytale for the home favourite, then.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Westwood, Siem + three others
Cracking reception for John Daly at the first tee, the American - six under overnight - slamming his drive slap bang in the middle of the fairway. Playing partner Andrew Coltart of Scotland, also six under, does likewise - and Korean Seung-yul Noh makes it three of a kind, albeit 50-odd yards further back.
From Eboue the great on 606:
"I have a feeling we'll see an American charge today. John Daly looks the real deal again and the Tiger can certainly tame St Andrews."
Eat my putt! Vijay Singh holes a beauty at 18 from range - but after four bogeys on his back nine it's good enough only for a round of 73 and he lies three under for the Championship. Ricky Barnes looks to carry out a spot of round-reparation at the same hole, but drifts an eagle putt wide and then misses a tiddler for birdie to stay five under. He'll be back at the weekend, though, unlike Luke Donald, the Englishman grabbing a birdie at the last for a round of 72, one over for the Championship, while 2009 USPGA champion YE Yang ends the day three under. The projected cut is now two under - though that could change if the wind picks up this afternoon, of course.
Ricky Barnes is fighting to keep his round together now and he bogeys 17 to fall to five under - that's four dropped shots in four holes. He is joined by Germany's Martin Kaymer as he sinks a 15-footer at 10 to go two under for the day. Lee Westwood leaves himself with a shorty for par at 14... but he nails it and beams with relief. Paul Casey, not for the first time, over-borrows at 15 and another birdie chance goes begging. He remains eight under.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Westwood, Siem + three others
Justin Rose on BBC One:
"I hit what I would call a 'fine' 70 yesterday. The course was there for the taking in the morning, but you can't win it on a Thursday you can only lose it. I had a good practice after play and I'm looking forward to putting that into my round today. My form is good at the moment so I just hope it holds up this week."
1214: Wardrobe alert:
John Daly has gone with... a brilliantly gaudy pink. Nice work. He tees off at 1236.
From Neil, London via text:
"I've backed the Goose, Barnes and Jimenez. Fair to say I haven't much enjoyed the last 20 mins!"
Sergio Garcia, fresh from a bogey at 10, has a birdie chance at 11 from six feet - but he drills it past. Boy, if the Spaniard could putt he'd be dangerous wouldn't he? He's now three under, but it could have been so much better. Similarly, England's Paul Casey slightly over-borrows his birdie effort at 14 and he'll have to take a par. -12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Barnes, Westwood, Siem + three others
Ryder Cup hopeful Martin Kaymer - I've not mentioned him yet, have I - goes within a gnat's fingernail of landing a long, long putt at nine, he'll settle for a birdie and a move back to four under. Bradley Dredge putts out at 18 for a round of 76 and a share of two under, he should make the cut but that's possibly killed his Championship chances. Marcel Siem, meanwhile, leader for a time yesterday, sinks one at the first to go six under, but Retief Goosen triple-putts at 11 for his first bogey of the day, he drops back to five under.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Barnes, Westwood, Siem + three others
Miguel Angel Jimenez does indeed pay the price for that wayward approach at 13, a double bogey pushing him back to three under for the Championship. Lee Westwood leaves another shot out on the course as his birdie attempt pulls left, but it's another par for the Englishman and it's calm waters for him thus far. Paul Casey's second shot at 14 is nailed and, with his ball just shy of the green, he has a perfect chance of an up-and-down for birdie.
Rory McIlroy, ahead of his 1331 tee time, on
Graeme McDowell's inspirational US Open triumph:
"It's speeded up the process. I was really focused and prepared really well. G-Mac winning in the US has given me a lot of confidence. If a great friend of mine can win a major there's no reason I can't. I am really excited about this championship. I have given myself a great chance to really contend and hopefully I can get out there and keep my emotions in check and not get too far ahead of myself."
Talking of struggles, Miguel Angel Jimenez's ambitious approach to 13 flails away short and wide of the green - that might hurt him more than a bit - but no such struggles for Lee Westwood, who finds the green and within 20 feet of the tricky pin position. Ricky Barnes clear-up - he did
double bogey 14 which, combined with his bogey on 15, leaves him six under. Sorry to all your Barnes backers. It could be worse - you could be Bradley Dredge-backer, the Welshman has just triple-bogeyed 17 to fall back to two under.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Barnes, Westwood, Goosen + three others
lost_fortis on Twitter:
"Louis Oosthuizen leading the Open at half way having never made the cut in the Open, and his best ever major position was 73rd!"
Confusion! Our leaderboards have Ricky Barnes bogeying 14 and eight under, our TV coverage has him double-bogeying it and lying seven under. Not sure why, or which is correct - we're chasing. Either way, he's dropped another shot at 15 and he's struggling to hold things together now.
Clubhouse leader Louis Oosthuizen:
"I knew it was going to be a tough day and I'm very happy. I'm leading in the clubhouse and that could mean playing in the last group in a major - to be able to do that is what we work to and that would be awesome. I've never been done so early so I'll watch some golf and relax a bit now ahead of the last two rounds."
It would appear we've got that wrong on Ricky Barnes's efforts on 14 - according to our leaderboard he bogeyed, not double bogeyed, that hole. That means he's eight under. Elsewhere, Sweden's Peter Hanson picks a shot back up at 13 to move back to seven under and a share of fifth, while Retief Goosen continues to punch his weight, picking up a shot at nine to go six under. Further back, Phil Mickelson is putting a shift in as he battles the Old Lady and he birdies nine to go two under. Projected cut at the moment, by the way, is one under.-12 Oosthuizen -9 McIlroy -8 Barnes, Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Westwood, Goosen + three others
Ouch - Ricky Barnes's smooth ride has hit a couple of pot-holes at 14 as a poor tee shot and approach leave him putting from off the green for a bogey. He misses and has to settle for a double bogey that drops him back to seven under alongside veteran Mark Calcavecchia. Lee Westwood takes par at 11 after that decent tee shot. Meanwhile, we learn 30,000 more people have attended the first two days of this Championship than the number that turned out at last year's Open at Turnberry, which is nice.
Excellent from Louis Oosthuizen, who drills in his birdie at 18 for a round of 67 that leaves him 12 under for the Championship, three shots clear at the top of the leaderboard. Lee Westwood at 11 - home of the famous
and a rather tricky pin position - but he does well enough and he might just earn himself yet another birdie chance there. The news is not so good for Bradley Dredge as the Welshman drops a shot at 14, nor Robert Karlsson as the Swede takes a double bogey at 13 to fall back to four under.-12 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia -6 Hanson, Westwood + three others
Deary me, how many time has he done that today? Lee Westwood slopes a long birdie putt at 10 to within a camel's eyelash but it stays out and it's another opportunity gone bye-bye. He stays six under, but it could have been a few better for sure. Paul Casey sinks his par at 11 to stay eight under, as does Miguel Angel Jimenez at 10 to stay five under for the day and the Championship, while a bit further back Tom Lehman and Graeme McDowell are both three under for the day, four under for the tournament. Way back among the back-markers, meanwhile, Rickie Fowler has sunk four birdies in his opening nine holes to move up to three over.
Right, time for me (or, I should say, Jean van de Velde) to hit you with some knowledge. Ever wondered what
the keys to playing a links course are?
Our man at St Andrews Rob Hodgetts caught up with the affable Frenchman to get the inside track - and just by reading it alone, I reckon I have shaved four shots off my game. It's that
Louis Oosthuizen sinks his par putt at 17 - and he will eye the relatively simple 18th as a prime opportunity to round off with a birdie and a 12 under finish to the day, for sure.
Swede Peter Hanson looks like someone has half-inched his morning sandwich as his par putt at 11 slips past the hole and he drops back to six under, while leader Louis Oosthuizen rips a birdie attempt at 17 from 40-odd feet millimetres past the hole, he'll have a shorty for par. The
leaderboard taking on a rather lovely mishmash appearance now,
with more than a few surprise names sniffing around the top positions.-11 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia -6 Dredge, Karlsson, Hanson, Westwood + three others
Eagle putt from off the green at nine for Lee Westwood - but the Englishman gives it far too much shove and it races 10 feet past. He steps up and takes his stance for the birdie chance - but it has a walk round the edge of the hole, decides it doesn't like the dark, and stays on the lip. Par. Welsham Bradley Dredge, meanwhile, ends a run of six pars with a birdie at 13 to move back to six under, while Sergio Garcia picks up a shot at seven to go three under. Miguel Angel Jimenez is doing his best to make his next cigar taste all the sweeter, draining a birdie at nine to move to five under.-11 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Dredge, Karlsson, Westwood + three others
Nice couple of shots from the South Africans - Retief Goosen sinking birdie at six to go five under and Louis Oosthuizen saving par at 16 to retain a two-shot lead at the top of the pile. Steady Eddie for Colin Montgomerie who continues his run of pars in his second round at six, but Phil Mickelson pings a par putt in and out at the same hole from five feet to drop a shot and move back to one under.
From Tim in Belfast via text:
"If anyone sees Jim Furyk can they apologise on my behalf for wrecking his Open? I backed him."
Lee Westwood's long birdie putt at 8 pulls up inches short and he must settle for par - again - while Paul Casey gives his eagle putt from range at nine every chance, only to watch it skip past the hole by 10 feet, and now he must sink that for birdie... and it goes by. Another three-putt, his second of the front nine, and still Casey's five under for the round and without a bogey.-11 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Dredge, Karlsson, Westwood + three others
Lee Westwood lines up his tee shot at the par-three eighth, but he's half a club short and he'll have a tricky two-putt over the ridge for par. Retief Goosen sinks a birdie back at five to move to four under, but his compatriot and leader Louis Oosthuizen mis-hits his approach at 16, leaving it well short of the green - that, again, is a thinking man's up-and-down for par. Ricky Barnes, over on 12, pushes another birdie chance past and, as good as his round is, he'll still feel he's left a few out on the course when he retires to the clubhouse.
Mark Calcavecchia birdies 18 to complete a flawless round of 67 and he can put his feet up in the clubhouse on seven under and slap bang in the mix ahead of the weekend as it stands. The sun is out! I repeat, the sun is out! This really is, as Crowded House would sing, four seasons in one day (groan).-11 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -8 Casey -7 Calcavecchia, Hanson -6 Dredge, Karlsson, Westwood + three others
From Moon on 606:
"Westwood steady enough, but with the conditions, you would hope for a little more."
Paul Casey - boom - birdie at eight and the Englishman's round is going from good to great. He is eight under now. A quick reminder of a few of our later tee-off times, by the way, with Rory McIlroy off at 1331, Ian Poulter and Ernie Els 1353, Tiger Woods 1420, Padraig Harrington 1431 and Steven Tiley last out at 1621.
USPGA champion YE Yang is having a nightmare at 11 - twice failing to putt over the ridge of the green and watching the ball roll back almost directly to him, and then landing his third attempt 10 feet short. He'll have that for double bogey... and he gets it. Damage limitation. He drops back to two under. Ricky Barnes - shock horror - misses a simple birdie chance at the same hole and stays nine under.-11 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -7 Hanson, Casey -6 Calcavecchia, Singh, Karlsson, Westwood + three others
Yep, Louis Oosthuizen - who goes within inches of pinching an eagle - birdies 14 to move back to 11 under and continue his recent yo-yoing. Sweden's Robert Karlsson, meanwhile, is putting in a bit of a surge underneath the radar as he holes out at nine to pick up his third shot of the round to complete his front nine in 33, he's six under for the Championship. Ricky Barnes's short game is still hotter than a Desert Dingo's feet and he sets up another birdie chance at 11 - that would move him to 10 under.
The rain - temporarily at least - has relented! Cue plenty of coat-shedding from spectators and players alike. Ricky Barnes celebrates by sticking his birdie putt at 10 right in the middle and he moves on to nine under. -10 Oosthuizen -9 Barnes, McIlroy -7 Hanson, Casey -6 Calcavecchia + five others
Louis Oosthuizen, as suspected, drops a shot at 13 after that poor approach - but he replies with a dreamy drive at the par five 14th and he'll be looking for another bounce-back birdie, just as at 11. A short loft from Ricky Barnes at the 10th sets him up another birdie chance which, should he sink it, would take him to nine under and alongside overnight leader Rory McIlroy.
Luke Donald holes a long putt at nine to move to one under, before Phil Mickelson spanks a monster off the tee at four to place himself perfectly for an approach that could yet earn him a birdie chance. The American's playing partners Colin Montgomerie and Retief Goosen look to follow him down the right hand side but don't have nearly the range of the left-hander - they're still OK, though. Paul Casey continues to motor as he moves to seven under with a birdie putt at six.
From Straps, Glasgow, via text:
"That's the thing about Scottish weather; if you don't like it then don't worry, there'll be some more along in 10 minutes. Wonder what it'll do for Rory with him not going out until lunchtime."
My mistake! That was an eagle putt for Lee Westwood at the fifth, and so he taps in next up for his birdie to move on to six under. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, drains a short one at three to pick up a shot as he attempts to ignite his Open challenge, and an eagle putt from Aussie Adam Scott at five from range takes him to two under for the Championship. Weather starting to clear up a bit now.
BenMcGahon on Twitter:
"Anyone else getting the feeling this is going to be the most wide open Open for years...Players legging it up the the board."
Sergio Garcia, whose putting has been so suspect the past couple of years, misses a birdie putt at four from 10 feet to stay two under - will England's Lee Westwood end a run of pars with a birdie putt at five? It's a tricky 30-yarder... oh, it's delightful but it just skips past. Nice, steady start from the Notts man, though. Louis Oosthuizen leaves himself a tough approach putt from off the green at 13 and he pings it well past the hole, he'll need a doozy of a putt to save par there.
Mark James on BBC Two:
"You don't mind a bit of rain once you're up and running in your round, but if you start in it it's always tough and rather depressing. Still, is that a touch of blue sky I see in the distance?"
That bogey at 11 proves only a minor speed bump for Louis Oosthuizen as the South African bounces back with a birdie three at 12 to move back to 11 under. A three-putt for Paul Casey at five, though, costs the Englishman the chance to pick up another shot - he stays at six under.
From Andy, Birmingham, via text:
"'Dreich' - an old Scottish term meaning a combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather. At least four of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich. Today, it is definitely dreich."
A yelp his heard from the mouth of Kieron in Dublin (below) as Ricky Barnes continues his surge up the leaderboard with a long birdie putt at seven as the American moves to eight under, a shot almost as impressive as Vijay Singh's long iron at eight, that sets up another birdie chance for the Fijian, who is six under. American Jim Furyk, meanwhile, is in trouble at four - he won't be the last, either, especially among the medium-hitters - as he goes from rough to rough and he looks a write-off for the cut now even at this early stage, lying as he is on four over.
Well, Sam Torrance might not think his heart's in it (see below) but Sergio Garcia has just sunk a bit of a monster on two for birdie to move to two under. Simon Khan, back at seven, lands his third birdie of the day, meanwhile, to go three under for the day, one under for the Championship.
For all the wet about, there's still not a huge amount of wind and that is ensuring pretty decent value for money off the tee for these players. Graeme McDowell settles in for a par putt at three to stay one under for the day, two under for the tournament... but he draws it past and he is forced to tap in for a bogey. Steve Stricker, too, is going to drop a shot - at least - at four as he chips out of the greenside rough to within eight feet of the hole, he'll have that putt for bogey.
Dropped shot! Louis Oosthuizen pushes his putt at 11 past the hole and, despite a fabulous tee shot at that par three, it's a bogey - he falls back to 10 under. A cracking escape from the greenside bunker at four by Paul Casey looks likely to keep him from dropping a shot there, but Colin Montgomerie draws a poor putt at one to miss out on birdie, as do Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson. Lee Westwood, having donned another layer to battle the return of the heavy rain and winds, pings his tee shot at four down the fairway.
From Kieron, Dublin via text:
"My money's on Ricky Barnes this weekend. Nice move up the leaderboard this morning - although I'd give up the winnings for a Rory McIlroy win!"
While Jimenez and Casey open with 3-3-3, England's Lee Westwood manages just 4-4-4 and he stays five under, which is now six off the lead.
My word, Louis Oosthuizen is on fire. The par-four 10th is tamed by the South African with a birdie three and he moves to 11 under to stretch his lead to two shots. The rain has eased off a touch, now, and the players are responding in fine fashion all across the course. Miguel Angel Jimenez does exactly as Paul Casey has by birdieing the opening three holes - the damp conditions not hindering him one little bit.
We are starting to see some real movers and shakers at the top of the leaderboard, and kudos for that - outside of Louis Oosthuizen and Mark Calcavecchia - now goes to Ricky Barnes, YE Yang and Paul Casey. American Barnes eagles the fifth to go seven under and third, last year's PGA Championship winner Yang birdies the same hole to move to six under, and Casey makes it a hat-trick of birdies in the opening three holes to join the South Korean on that marker. The Old Lady has being torn to pieces in the last hour - when will she bite back?
From Anon via text:
"Please stop talking about food, I'm hungry and can't move away from my screen. Come on the Brits."Mate, I've not eaten yet and have been up since 0430. What I'd give for a bacon bap now, I tell you.
Oh, and as well as the start of TV coverage, we are also now open for business on
Birdies flying in left, right, and mostly centre now - US Open champion Graeme McDowell bigging up the Britain massive with one at the first, Kevin Na, Robert Karlsson, Toru Taniguchi and Miguel Angel Jimenez earning themselves honorable mentions, and Mark Calcavecchia picking up his forth of the day to go six under. He and Louis Oosthuizen very much the day's big movers (in the right direction) so far.
This is your five-minute warning before TV coverage starts everyone. I'll have a tea - white, one sugar - please. Thanks.
From John, Glasgow, via text:
"Tell Graham, if it's grey, speckled with white and black, and spicy, its haggis, if whitish it's white pudding!"
From Rich via text:
"Re Graham 0839. Sounds like white pudding; black pudding without the blood. Kind of like St Andrews without howling gales; where's the fun?"
From Bob Smith via text:
"Graham - that's white pudding not haggis!!!! I'd give a week's pocket money for some here in Seoul Korea."
Louis Oosthuizen's string of birdies is cut as he manages a mere par - pah! - at the par-three eighth. Mark Calcavecchia, meanwhile, picks up a shot at 11 to join the likes of Lee Westwood - who kicks his round off with a par at the first - on five under. Westwood's compatriot Paul Casey - clearly buoyed by his big-up in this very text commentary earlier - is also blazing a trail early doors, bagging birdie-birdie in his opening two holes.
From Graham via text:
"Just enjoying a cooked hotel Scottish breakfast before setting off to enjoy the wind, rain and Tiger et al. Can someone tell me if the thing which looks a bit like an anaemic black pudding is haggis? Thanks. C'mon Justin!"
Nice little insight from the boys on Five Live
, who reveal that Colin Montgomerie - with just 20-odd minutes until his tee-off time - has just arrived at St Andrews and has yet to hit a ball. "He knows his warm-up routine, which is... to not warm up it seems." Also, Sergio Garcia is an unhappy man, apparently. "His heart is not in it, his head is not in it, he wants to be on a beach somewhere," says Sam Torrance
From Chris, bored at work already in Bradford, via text:
"Zero work going to be done today! Glued to the Live coverage online. Come on Tiger!!"
Well well well, just as Lee Westwood - he of the three top-three finishes in his last four majors - takes to the first tee to get his second round under way, Louis Oosthuizen sinks his third straight birdie to move to 10 under through seven. We have a new leader, people. The South African, by the way, has missed the cut in his last five majors. Blimey.
WalkersRambles on Twitter:
"How's Sir Nick Faldo getting on? This year is the first time in 30 years that I haven't bet on him."The three-time Open champion is level par overnight fella, tied for 76th. Work to do for the big man.
And Paul Casey - a man surely too good not to win a major sooner rather than later? - kicks off his second round at St Andrews, the Englishman fairly well placed at three under and primed to make a move up the leaderboard should he fire a low round today. His playing partners again today are former US and Masters champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina and American Rickie Fowler.
boggybop on Twitter:
"How are you expecting KJ Choi's crazy side-saddle, croquet style putting stroke to go in this wind?"If yesterday's efforts are anything to go by, not all that well...?
From Butch, Newcastle, via text:
"Get in the stinkin hole!!! IM RUDDY EXCITED."
One of those who enjoys the wind and rain, it seems, is Louis Oosthuizen - the South African has just birdied the par-four sixth to join McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard on nine under. We now have 30 players out on the Old Course, with Paul Casey (0820) and Lee Westwood (0831) a couple of Englishmen preparing themselves for a relatively imminent tee-off.
With the rain positively shelting it down in Fife, it seems as good a time as any to remind you all of what Rory McIlroy had to say about the weather following his wonder-round yesterday: "It's very special this year being at St Andrews, 150 years and everything, so I think it deserves a bit of good weather. I don't mind a bit of wind, but as long as it stays dry." Ah. Oops. Luckily for the Northern Irishman, this field is not absolutely jam-packed with a host of golfers who tear it up in poor conditions. Ah. Oops.
From Anon via text:
"Couldn't sleep for excitement about Rory's start. Haven't started celebrating yet but will be on the look out for some vitamin D milk to lay down for monday morning just in case."
He's probably still asleep, the little blighter, but Rory McIlroy's lead has just been cut by a shot even while the Northern Irishman dreams of Open glory. Louis Oosthuizen fires a birdie four at the fifth to move to eight under, making a mockery of the ever-worsening conditions, and my prediction that the early starters might just enjoy the best of conditions today appears to be holding water.
A reminder, then, people that in an hour's time (from 0900 BST) the UK users among you will be able - should you choose - to casually ignore my drivel and cast your gaze upon your TV sets and/or this very website for all the latest pictures from St Andrews. Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen tee off at 0909 and that is a grouping worth keeping an eye on and then some.
Oh yes, now we're cooking folks. Vijay Singh, Ricky Barnes, Colm Moriarty, Scott Verplank and Simon Khan have all RSVP'd to the birdie party and have brought their putters with them. Bosh. Bradley Dredge, though, drops a shot at two to drop to five under - the Welshman still reeling from my commentator's curse of a few minutes ago. Apologies for that Dredge fans.
From Jake, Camberley via text:
"RE Anon below - How can you say Tiger looked average yesterday? He hit 17 greens and the one he missed he was on the fringe. I thought he was awesome barring the putts on 17 and 18, probably one of the most impressive ball striking rounds of his career."
While we wait for the scoring to fire harder than Alan Sugar, why don't you take this opportunity to have a look at
Rob Hodgetts's blog on day one?
Our man pays tribute to Rory McIlroy and "Mild Thing" John Daly for lighting up a terrific opening day's play at St Andrews - and for anyone who took Thursday evening's festivities a touch too far last night, there's also this tip from the big American on dealing with hangovers: "Vitamin D milk. I used to drink half a gallon of that a day. When you used to be as hungover as I was, it got rid of everything." Let me know how you get on with that, won't you?
Boom! Mark Calcavecchia gets his round up and running in fine style with birdies at four and five to move onto four under and a tie for 17th, while compatriot Jeff Overton adds a birdie three at four to his picked-up shot at two to go one under - but the news is not so good for Ireland's Shane Lowry, who has double bogeyed the second to fall to two under.
From Anon via text:
"Don't write off
the man with the new putter
just yet (Tiger Woods). He looked average yesterday and still managed to post a score. I think he'll tear it up on Saturday and win easy on Sunday in red."
Hold onto your hats, people, here comes the rain and thar she blows the wind. It's not overly upset Bradley Dredge on the opening hole, mind, the Welshman bagging a par to stay six under, one off Louis Oosthuizen - seven under through three - and three off overnight leader Rory McIlroy.
Collycoo on Twitter:
"Let's hope Rory doesn't tear it up again today. If he keeps that up he'll be out of sight by Saturday eve."
Very much a case of steady as she goes at the moment on the Old Course. Here was me expecting a bevvy of birdies, and instead we are very much in the midst of a par-fest. Wales's Bradley Dredge - on six under - has got his round started now, though, and I'm sure he'll pick a shot or two up early doors to get us all going (potential commentator's curse alert).
Two holes, two pars for Louis Oosthuizen and he remains seven under, while another man bang in contention after his first round 68 - Shane Lowry - has also kicked off with a par at the first. Despite expectations, in fact, there has not exactly been a flurry of birdies out there just yet - Peter Senior, Jeff Overton and Anders Hansen the only men among the early starters below par for their rounds as it stands.
From Anon via text:
"The R&A will tighten up the pins today so it won't be the same birdiefest. I suspect they were caught out by the better than expected weather yesterday."
From Rich in Gerrards Cross via text:
"Oosthuizen has got to be worth a punt at 28/1 after yesterday and he now has perfect early conditions to hit a low score."
So, who will you be looking out for on this Fantastic Friday at St Andrews? As mentioned, Louis Oosthuizen is one of yesterday's trail-blazers
out nice and early this morning,
but there are plenty of other names due an early wake-up call today. England's Lee Westwood tees off at 0831, US Open champion Graeme McDowell at 0842, Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen are sure to attract a big following when that grouping gets going at 0909 (just following the kick-off of our BBC TV coverage at 0900), and later on today it will be up to John Daly and Andrew Coltart (1236), Rory McIlroy (1331) and Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Camilo Villegas (1420) to defend their decent overnight positions. Where's ya money?
From Howard, Hampshire, via text:
"Ok, my prediction for Tiger to miss the cut and Rose to win now looks like something my pet badger would have come up with!"
Trailing Rory McIlroy overnight was surprise package Louis Oosthuizen - a man who only won his first European Tour title in March - and the South Africa, seven under overnight, has kicked off his second round with a steady par at the first as part of the second grouping out and about on the Old Course. He is partnered again today by Jeff Overton and Colm Moriarty, who also scored par fours.
So 'Magic' Rory McIlroy - many people's tip for Open glory before Thursday (though, sadly, not mine) -
tore up the Old Course in round one with a 63 to lead by two overnight
and set himself up very nicely for a big weekend. The 21-year-old Northern Irishman, by the way, has never scored worse than 69 in eight previous rounds at St Andrews and, unsurprisingly, admitted: "If I had one course to play this would be it." Should he keep that record going, you'd have to think this bad boy is his for the taking, no?
stephen_addy on Twitter:
"I was lucky enough to be in St Andrews two weeks ago and it looked fantastic. Cheekily got my photo taken late at night on Swilken Bridge too."
Par for Mark Calcavecchia and Andres Hansen at the first - but it's a birdie start for Aussie Peter Senior. I'm going to stick my neck on the line and suggest that won't be the last birdie of the day. Brave.
From Anon via text:
"I am awake and hoping for Justin Rose or Ishikawa to shine through and creep up the leaderboard! Too much to ask?!"
"Sam, how do we get involved in this awesome party of golf?" Well, person I've just made up, why don't you
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From Joe, North Yorkshire, via text:
"I think Rory McIlroy will win this. He is a young golfer and winning the Claret jug will be just the tip of the iceberg."
Mark Calcavecchia - more than a little familiar with this St Andrews course and the Open winner in 1989 at Troon - gets the second round going, then, with a tight drive down the middle.
Yep, for the second day running this fabled corner of Fife boasts relatively clear skies and even a splash of early morning sun. The forecast is for light rain and more than a light breeze through the day, so now wouldn't be the worst time in the world to tee off at all. Good news, then, for Australia's Peter Senior, Dane Anders Hansen and American Mark Calcavecchia who are the first grouping off this morning. The 'big' names all get going a little later today - but more on that in a bit.
It's day two of the Open, the leader is a Brit, the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Ernie Els are all very much in contention, and with conditions bright and breezy again the scoring promises to be lower than a snake's ankles. Welcome to St Andrews.