Even so, all of them must have felt better than Rory McIlroy. The 21-year-old Northern Irishman and first-round leader shot 80, 17 strokes worse than his opening 63.
“I don’t think they should have called us off the golf course,” McIlroy said, reflecting what many golfers said. “When we got back out there, the conditions hadn’t changed, the wind probably got a little bit worse. It probably wasn’t a smart move.”
No one who teed off after Martin Kaymer and his group at 9:31 a.m., and was able to finish, broke par. It’s no coincidence, either, that second-round leader Louis Oosthuizen, who followed his opening round of 65 with a 67, teed off in the second group of the day. Or that his closest pursuer, 50-year-old former champion Mark Calcavecchia, teed off first.
His two-day total of 137 guarantees Calcavecchia will stick around to play the weekend, which could turn out to be something of a mixed blessing. As soon as this one ends, he’s headed up the coast to Carnoustie to compete in the British Senior Open.
“Hopefully, we’ll get some decent weather next week. It would be kind of rough to play in rotten weather for two straight weeks,” he said.
“If we’ve got to play in this for seven or eight days in a row,” Calcavecchia added, “I’ll definitely be ready to exit the country.”
Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org