Day 2 at St. Andrews
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Adam Scott: The 2013 Masters champion, who has finished in the top five in the past three British Opens, put himself in the thick of it again with a 5-under-par 67 that included five birdies and no bogeys, including a birdie on 18 for the second day in a row. "I feel like I've been very close to lifting this trophy, and I'm very motivated to do it this week," he said.
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Tommy Fleetwood: The 24-year-old Englishman — who had shot five consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Old Course, including a 62 last year — was one of those on the course when Friday's three-hour weather delay hit. He couldn't get going after returning, making double bogey on No. 4 and bogey on 6 and 17 while failing to record a birdie. His score of 1 over par left him a stroke outside the projected cut.
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Phil Mickelson: He was moving up with three birdies through 10 holes to get within four shots of the lead. And just like that, it all went wrong. He took two shots to get out of a pot bunker and made double bogey on No. 11. He dropped two more shots on the back nine, with the real damage coming on the 18th, when he missed a 3-foot par putt. His 72 gave him a two-day total of 2-under 142.
Hours before Tom Watson stood upon Swilcan Bridge one last time, Nick Faldo did the same thing, dressed in the yellow sweater he wore in 1987 when he won his first of three British Opens. "Still fits after 30 years," he said. The 57-year-old Englishman has suggested this will be his last British Open, and he showed why after shooting an 83 Thursday. Before he teed off Friday, he had to go to the hospital for a deep cut on his right middle finger. But he finished with a round of 1-under 71. "This was a treat of a day," Faldo said.
Par-4, 356-yard No. 18: After the hole was cleared — it was so flooded, teams of workers with push brooms swept ankle-deep water into the Swilcan Burn — Danny Willett made a birdie on it to take the clubhouse lead on a day when other leaders didn't finish. The 18th was also the scene of goodbyes to Faldo and Watson, owners of a combined eight Claret Jugs.
Quote of the day
"I watched the second hole flood in seven minutes."
— Steve Williams, Scott's caddie, who was on the course early Friday to check on pin positions when the heavy rain came.
Tweet of the day
"Mickelson and Watson just sharing the 2nd and 16th green. Golf gives you convergences that seem like a lot of things."
— Gary Williams of the Golf Channel (@garywilliamsGC). Mickelson was critical of Watson's Ryder Cup captaincy last year, and Watson called the criticism "sour grapes" on Wednesday.
The 42 golfers still on the course when play ended Friday, including leader Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Tiger Woods, were to finish up at 1 a.m. Central time Saturday. The second round was set to begin at 6 a.m. (ESPN), with golfers going off in groups of three.