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The Open 2010: Rory McIlroy blames winds for slump

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The 2010 Open - Day two highlights

Rory McIlroy was left to curse the weather after being given something of a reality check during the second round of the Open Championship at St Andrews.

The 21-year-old was leading overnight after a course record 63 but fell apart in high winds to post an eight-over 80.

"It was hard to get anywhere near the pins and even when you did the ball was going all over the place. I just didn't handle it very well," he said.

McIlroy still made the cut but Padraig Harrington shot a 77 to miss the cut.

Harrington, who was Open champion in 2007 and 2008, dropped three shots in the first two holes and failed to recover as he finished six over for the tournament.

McIlroy parred his first three holes before play was suspended in Fife during the afternoon because of 40mph winds.

After an hour's delay, he promptly surrendered his first bogey of the tournament at the fourth and with confidence rattled, the man from Northern Ireland went on to reach the turn in a morale-sapping 40.

"It was a tough day and the complete opposite of what we had yesterday. We had cross winds all day and that made it very difficult," added McIlroy.

Westwood frustrated by missed chances

"If I have any chance of contending on Sunday I need the weather to be calm. If there's calm conditions then I feel I can go really low."

England's Oliver Wilson blasted officials for making a mockery of the tournament with some "bizarre" pin placements.

The 29-year-old, who slipped from four under to three over after a 79, felt the way the course was set up meant players were not given a chance of keeping their scores down.

"It was unplayable. It was a joke out there," commented the man from Mansfield.

"Every single pin was on the high point on every green and knowing the wind is going to be like this it 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."

Lee Westwood was left frustrated after another round of missed opportunities.

The Englishman followed up his fine opening 67 on Thursday with a one-under 71 on a windy Friday after wasting several chances on the greens.

"I've played much better than my scores suggest," stated Westwood. "If I was sitting here at 10, 11 or 12 under that would reflect the way I've played."

South African Louis Oosthuizen holds the lead on 12 under par after a 67.

606: DEBATE

Westwood goes into the weekend six shots off the lead, but the world number three feels he is still in good shape to compete for a first major title.

"I got nothing out of that round….and played a lot better than 71. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve, though," the 37-year-old from Worksop added.

"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."

Westwood's compatriot Paul Casey was another man left wondering what might have been at the end of his second round on the Old Course.

Paul Casey attempts to play out of the rough

Disastrous triple bogey for Casey

The world number 10 seemed set for a near faultless round, but found the heavy rough on 17 and needed two hacks to even get out.

The triple bogey that followed ruined the look of an otherwise-impressive card as Casey made a second successive 69.

"It was a very good round of golf, I made a lot of putts but there were still a couple of mistakes," he reflected.

"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.

'Ugly rough' costs Casey

"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.

"It's difficult to play that hole and is a bit intimidating. But it doesn't matter if it's fair or not, we've all got to play it.

The 32-year-old added: "To be honest, I'm not even that frustrated with what happened on 17. If you had told me I'd be in the clubhouse on six under I would have bitten your arm off, especially with the conditions we were warming up in this morning."

US Open champion Graeme McDowell was left cursing the troublesome St Andrews weather despite a much-improved 68 to follow his opening 71.

"I played really well coming in but there were a couple of holes where I could have done better. I also three-putted on some which was frustrating," said the Northern Irishman.

"It's amazing how many people come up to me and say 'you must love this stuff' and I say 'I don't love it!'

"I may know how to play in it but I don't love it! Bring me sunshine any time."

Scot Andrew Coltart agreed the weather was a huge problem on Friday, after carding a five-over 77 that left him one under overall.

"It was very, very difficult. It was really tough to get the ball anywhere near the hole," he said.

"There were times when I was actually rushing to take my putt because I was worried if I didn't then the ball would end up 50 feet away!"



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