Johnson leads way as Watson and Faldo bid farewell

Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:09pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Floods, fireworks and farewells were the order of the day as a rain-interrupted second round ended with Dustin Johnson occupying first place on the leaderboard in the 144th British Open on Friday.

The big-hitting American was 10-under-par for the championship through 13 holes, one stroke clear of England's Danny Willett (69), when darkness ended play just before 10pm with several groups still out on the course.

"I feel great and I'm in a good spot," Johnson told reporters. "I'll get a good night's rest and get back out here tomorrow."

After an early-morning deluge caused play to be suspended for more than three hours, it was inevitable the second would have to be carried over into Saturday.

Sharing third place on eight under were 1999 champion Paul Lawrie (12 holes) of Scotland and Australian Jason Day (11).

Jordan Spieth, 21, bidding to become the first player since fellow American Ben Hogan in 1953 to triumph in the opening three majors of the season, was five under through 13 holes.

Fourteen-times major winner Tiger Woods, who has slumped from first to 241st in the rankings in the past 14 months, was five over for the championship through 11 and looks certain to miss yet another halfway cut.

The day, though, belonged to five-times Open champion Tom Watson and triple former winner Nick Faldo.   Continued...

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. acknowledges the crowd after making a birdie on the tenth hole during the second round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Paul Childs