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The Open 2010: Woods battles on as winds hit St Andrews

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Tiger Woods tees-off on the 18th

Woods' amazing near hole-in-one

World number one Tiger Woods was relieved to be still in contention as treacherous conditions hit St Andrews on day two of the Open Championship.

Woods shot a one-over-par 73 to finish on four under - eight shots behind clubhouse leader Louis Oosthuizen.

"It was certainly one of the tougher days I've ever played," Woods said. "We had to grind it out, guts it out.

"The ball was oscillating on the fairways. You just had to deal with it and be very patient."

Woods, who is aiming to win his 15th major and fourth Open title, fired three birdies and four bogeys on a day when the winds reached over 40mph.

Play was halted for 65 minutes while Woods was set to putt on the first green, and a round that began at 1420 BST did not finish until over seven hours later.

606: DEBATE

He ended on a high as he came close to holing a sensational tee shot at the par-four 18th, before having to settle for birdie.

Woods's rival Phil Mickelson, the world number two, said he needs to shoot "six or seven under" on both remaining days of the Open to put himself in championship contention.

The 40-year-old is at level par after shooting a 71 on Friday.

"I've had a poor deal on weather, but I've also played poorly," reflected Mickelson, who opened with a 73. "I need to shoot six or seven under and need conditions conducive to do so."

The four-time major winner holed a birdie at the last that at the time looked like he would need to confirm his place for the weekend.

Mickelson, who is 12 shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, revealed that despite the conditions, St Andrews was "very playable".

"You can play the ball along the ground or in air, the greens are huge and the fairways are wide. You're always in play at this course," the American continued.

Tiger Woods points at the buggy touching his ball

Buggy no barrier to Woods' birdie

However, there were a number of big names, including former winners, who missed the cut.

Ernie Els, Open winner in 2002, said goodbye to his chances after finishing on four over after a 79 following his opening round of 69.

The 2003 Open winner, Ben Curtis, will also not join Oosthuizen and Mickelson at the weekend after shooting a 73 to leave himself on five over, while double-major winner Argentine Angel Cabrera also finished on the same score having struggled to a 76.

Open winners Justin Leonard and Todd Hamilton, both from the US, will also be going home.

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open winner, finished his disappointing Open campaign on six over along with the 2003 US Open champion Jim Furyk, who added a 73 to his opening-round 77.

And five-time Open winner Tom Watson, who had never won the major at St Andrews, bid farewell on what could be his last appearance on the Old Course after ending his championship bid on four over.

Tom Watson at St Andrews

Watson bids farewell to St Andrews in style



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The Open day one photos
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Golf on the BBC
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