- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Rare flooding, sunshine, more rain and always wind. None of it seemed to matter to Dustin Johnson at St. Andrews.

On a wild day of weather Friday at the British Open that delayed the start of the second round by more than three hours, Danny Willett of England set the early target with a 3-under 69 that allowed him to walk off the Old Course with his name atop the leaderboard.

Just not for long.

Johnson, who teed off at 5:48 p.m. local time, ran off three birdies in four holes on the front nine and went out to 33 to reclaim the lead at 10 under.

Willett posted his two rounds at 9-under 135.

Just like he did when he opened with a 65, Johnson looked like the man to beat. Jordan Spieth could see it clearly because he was playing next to him. The Masters and U.S. Open champion was five shots back in his quest for the third leg of the Grand Slam.

Adam Scott made three birdies on the far end of the Old Course and had a 67 to join a large group at 7-under 137 that included former Masters champion Zach Johnson (71), Marc Warren of Scotland (69) and Robert Streb (71).

Tiger Woods was on his way to making the wrong kind of history. He has never missed the cut in the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. Woods did not make a birdie on the easier on the front nine for the second straight day and was six shots over the projected cut line.

BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Australia’s Mark Hensby birdied three of the final four holes for a 7-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship.

Hensby matched South Korea’s Whee Kim at 9-under 133 on Grand National’s Lake Course in the PGA Tour event for players who failed to qualify for the British Open.

The 43-year-old Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic for his lone PGA Tour title. He has fought rotator cuff problems in his right shoulder and has limited tour status.

Kim shot a 66. He’s playing his 19th event in his rookie season on the PGA Tour.

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 98, shot a 66 to join first-round leader Sam Saunders and Charlie Beljan at 8 under.

Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, followed his opening 64 with a 70. Beljan had a 64.

MARATHON CLASSIC

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - South Korea’s Ha Na Jang shot a 4-under 67 to increase her lead to two strokes in the suspended second round of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic.

Jang had a 9-under 133 total at Highland Meadows. Winless in 23 career tour events, she capped her bogey-free round with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth.

South Korea’s Q Baek was second after a 67.

The start of the round was delayed 2 1/2 hours because of rain and lightning, and play was suspended for the day at 8 p.m. because of more lightning. Fifty-four players were unable to complete the round.

Shanshan Feng, Sarah Kemp and Dewi Claire Schreefel were tied for third at 6 under. Feng shot a 67, Kemp had a 69, and Schreefel a 68.

Top-ranked Inbee Park and defending champion Lydia Ko, ranked second, were 4 under after 14 holes.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide