The Open 2015: Darren Clarke misses cut at St Andrews

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke missed the cut at St Andrews after an erratic finish to his second round
144th Open Championship
Venue: St Andrews Dates: 16-19 July
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Graeme McDowell has made the cut at The Open Championship at St Andrews but fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke will miss the final two rounds.

McDowell completed a second successive level-par 72 on Friday to lie on the projected cut mark at the weather affected third major of the season.

2011 Open champion Clarke returned to play his final five holes on Saturday but a round of 73 left him on two over.

Play was suspended early on because of high winds and resumed at 18:00 BST.

Only half an hour of play was possible in the morning, then a lengthy delay ensued, before the second round was finally completed in the evening.

The third round will now be played on Sunday, with the final 18 holes taking place on Monday, the first time an Open Championship has continued beyond the weekend since 1988 at Royal Lytham.

Clarke had birdies at seven and eight and was one under with five holes still to play when play was halted on Friday evening.

The Dungannon man then resumed his round at 07:00 BST and like many, including overnight leader Dustin Johnson, Clarke lost ground during his short time on the course on Saturday morning.

Graeme McDowell in action at St Andrews
Graeme McDowell has fallen to 55 in the world rankings

The European Ryder Cup captain carded a bogey at the 15th and when he returned to the course much later in the day, things got worse with a double bogey at 16.

The infamous 17th, 'The Road Hole', saw the Dungannon man drop another shot, and a birdie at 18 left him two shots short of playing the final 36 holes.

American Johnson leads on 10 under going into the third day, one shot ahead of England's Danny Willett, with 1999 champion Paul Lawrie third on eight under.

Another former winner, Louis Oosthuizen, is one of a group of six players on seven under, which also includes ex-Masters champions Zach Johnson and Adam Scott.

Irish amateur Paul Dunne is tied for 10th position after impressive consecutive rounds of 69.

The Dubliner birdied the last on Friday to lead the chase for the silver medal, awarded to the leading amateur.

Padraig Harrington, winner at Carnoustie in 2007 and Royal Birkdale 2008, is three under, but Shane Lowry looks to have fallen one short of the cut mark on one over.

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