Open 2015: Tommy Fleetwood struggles in St Andrews wind
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|144th Open Championship|
|Venue: St Andrews Dates: 16-19 July|
|Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Radio 5 live sports extra, Red Button and Connected TVs from 09:00 BST, Radio 5 live from 10:00 and tablets, mobiles and app from 06:30.|
Tommy Fleetwood said there were "no excuses" for slumping to a four-over second round 76 at St Andrews.
After getting to four-under at one point on day one, the 24-year-old Englishman finished on one-over and struggling to make the cut.
"There were crosswinds all day and I struggled with my swing all day," he told BBC Sport.
"It was a tough day and I played terribly. I played badly and putted badly."
Fleetwood, who was up early for his scheduled 08:00 BST tee-off time, started round two on three under par.
Instead, when play was halted just 14 minutes into the start of round two as a storm reached its peak, Fleetwood was part of the logjam of golfers at the course and stuck in the locker room waiting to go out.
He found himself having to kill time for three and a quarter hours before finally being let loose at 11:14 BST.
The delay proved to be a damaging one as, by the 6th, he was back to level par after following a double bogey at the 4th and another dropped shot at the next.
Another bogey came at the 17th to complete a disappointing day for the world number 47.
|Fleetwood's Open moments|
|Tommy Fleetwood made his major championship debut in The Open at Hoylake last July, six years after finishing runner-up there in the Amateur Championship, at the age of 17.|
|He tore up the Old Course on his last visit to St Andrews in October when he shot a 10-under-par 62 in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, yet only finished runner-up to Oliver Wilson.|
But Fleetwood refused to hide behind the St Andrews weather and the long delay.
"If we'd gone out in that, it would have been much worse," he added. "That's no excuse.
"It's a course I like. I played well on it yesterday, I played well last week and I fancied my chances. But I just never got anything going."
Fleetwood was well outside the top 70 on the leaderboard when he finished his round and not confident of playing over the weekend, but he will not know his fate until the second round is completed.