- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Even with 155 years of history, the British Open can still serve up some strange twists at St. Andrews. Dustin Johnson gave Saturday some semblance of order.

The second round lasted nearly 39 hours from the first tee shot to the final putt. Brooks Koepka hit one putt in 30 minutes, and he might still be on the 11th green except that he refused to keep going because his golf ball wouldn’t stay put. Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and U.S. Open on the strength of his short game, three-putted five times in one round and still kept alive his hopes of a Grand Slam.

If that wasn’t enough, 40 mph gusts that led to a 10 1/2-hour stoppage meant the British Open will end on Monday for the first time in 27 years.

For all the chaos on the Old Course, and for all the debate whether play should have even started Saturday because of the wind, Johnson only cared about the finish. He drove the 18th green and took two putts from 150 feet for birdie and a 3-under 69.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Danny Willett of England, who finished the round Friday.

One month after a three-putt from 12 feet cost him a shot at the U.S. Open, Johnson walked the Old Course with a swagger. He did enough damage over 13 holes Friday that even a couple of bogeys didn’t get him off track, and he showed in the short time he played Saturday he could handle the wind.

Paul Lawrie, the 46-year-old Scot who won a crazy Open at Carnoustie in 1999, played bogey-free over the final 14 holes for a 70 and was two shots behind.

Spieth, going after the third leg of the Grand Slam, shot 72 and was five behind.

Tiger Woods never had a realistic chance of making the cut. Needing mostly birdies, he resumed his round with three straight bogeys and shot 75 to finish his two rounds at 7-over 151. That was his highest 36-hole ever in the British Open.

BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Playing partners Ricky Barnes and Scott Piercy each shot 6-under 65 to share the third-round lead in the PGA Tour’s inaugural Barbasol Championship.

Barnes and Piercy reached 13-under 200 on Grand National’s Lake Course, and will be paired together again while jockeying for the lead Sunday.

Piercy birdied four of the first five holes. He has won twice on the PGA Tour.

Barnes had birdies on Nos. 2 16 and 17. He’s seeking his first PGA Tour win in 202 events.

Second-round co-leaders Whee Kim and Mark Hensby were among five players a shot back. Both shot 68 in the event for players who failed to make the British Open field. Jason Gore had a 63, Will Wilcox a 65, and Emiliano Grillo a 67 to join the group at 12 under.

MARATHON CLASSIC

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Ha Na Jang shot a 2-under 69, leaving her a stroke ahead with one round left in the LPGA Tour’s rain-plagued Marathon Classic.

The South Korean player had an 11-under 202 total at Highland Meadows. Fighting back pain, she opened with rounds of 66 and 67 and has only two bogeys over the first 54 holes.

Play was delayed for 1 hour, 59 minutes in the afternoon. Delays Friday forced 54 players to complete the second round Saturday morning.

South Korea’s Q Baek was second. She birdied the final hole for a 68.

Defending champion Lydia Ko, ranked No. 2 in the world, was 9 under along with top-ranked Inbee Park, Chella Choi, Austin Ernst and Shanshan Feng. Ko and Park shot 67, Choi 65, Ernst 66, and Feng 68.

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