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Dustin Johnson leads after second round at the Open

Jai Prakash
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 18 Jul 2015, 12:49 IST
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Dustin Johnson shelters from the rain on the 10th tee during the second round

Dustin Johnson maintained his one stroke lead after a rain-hit second day at the Open in St. Andrews. The American was 10-under par for the Championship through 13 holes in the second round. 

England’s Danny Willett is second with nine-under having played 18 holes. 

There was a lengthy delay at the beginning of the second day due to torrential rain even as ground staff worked hard to get play underway as soon as they can. The play did resume at 10 am, but 42 players were not able to complete their rounds. They will return to the course at 7 am on Saturday morning.

Johnson and Jordan Spieth marked their balls on the 14th without holing out. Spieth is five under through 13 holes.

The third place was shared by 1999 champion Paul Lawrie (12 holes) of Scotland and Australian Jason Day (11) with eight under. 

Former World No. 1 Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a Major since the 2008 US Open is five over for the Championship through 11 and it looks likely that the 14-time Major winner misses another halfway cut. 

Amidst all the rain, the day certainly belonged to five-time Open champion Tom Watson and three-time champion Nick Faldo. Watson, who is playing in the Open for the last time, was given an emotional farewell by the crowd.

Tom Watson bids goodbye on top of the Swilcan bridge

"I didn't know how I was going to feel walking across the (Swilcan) Bridge but I do know I looked up in the sky and I said I know there are a lot of other people watching me - a lot of loved ones. It was a special time,” Watson said

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Faldo wore the same pastel yellow jumper from his win at the 1987 Open and posed for pictures atop the iconic Swilcan bridge. 

Sir Nick Faldo salutes the crowd after making his last appearance at the Open

 "The goal was to stand on the bridge and get the picture. I knew I was going to bust out my old Pringle. I was just trying to say, 'Thank you, St Andrews'. That's why I looked at the gods on 17 - I thought, thanks very much for that.”

"I felt pretty beat up on Thursday, but that was one of the great moments of any career, making a three there and walking the walk. That won't get any better, Faldo said

Published 18 Jul 2015, 11:58 IST
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