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While You Were Sleeping: What You Missed Friday Morning at the British Open at St. Andrews

GOLF.com at St. Andrews: Round 1 Recap
Golf Magazine's Jeff Ritter and Alan Shipnuck of Sports Illustrated break down the opening round of the 2015 British Open.

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland—So you didn't feel like waking up at 2 a.m. on the East Coast to follow the second round of the British Open? We're not judging you. We're here to help! Here's what you need to know. The rain delayed the second round of the Open Friday morning, and the wind is forecasted to pick up later in the afternoon.

To recap, you never know what kind of weather you have to deal with at a British Open.

Here are the three biggest storylines from the morning of the second round at St. Andrews.

1) Rain, Rain, Go Away

Heavy rains drilled St. Andrews in the early hours Friday morning, prompting a three-and-a-half hour delay to the start of play. The sight of so many small ponds around the 1st and 18th fairways created a surreal scene.

 

Before & after. What a difference a day makes!

A photo posted by Lee Westwood (@westwood_lee) on Jul 17, 2015 at 12:13am PDT

It also prompted some heavy lifting by the grounds team. Memo to job applicants: if you’d to join the crew at St. Andrews, you must have complete mastery of the fine art of the squeegee.

Photo:

Workers clear the course of water after heavy rainfall prior to the second round of the 144th Open Championship.

Golfers teed off at 10 a.m. local time, which means players with afternoon tee times will come back out Saturday morning to finish their rounds. It’s doubtful that Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, who will begin at 5:48 p.m. local time, will finish their second round today (sunset is 9:48 p.m. local).

2) What Does Tiger Do Now?

Meanwhile, golf fans and media haven’t stopped reacting to Tiger Woods’ dismal opening round. But rather than prescribing swing thoughts, new mechanics, or even a mental-game makeover for Woods (who tees off at 1:10 p.m. EST Friday), this might be the best idea of all:

3) You Can Still Catch a Break Friday Morning

Zach Johnson, Danny Willet and Marc Warren were the only players with Thursday afternoon tee times to shoot 68 or better in the stiffest breezes of the day. They were back on the course Friday morning and caught a calm patch of weather – and each has rocketed up the leaderboard. The British Open is often about luck of the draw, and now those three players are in great position to contend during the weekend.

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