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Summary

  1. Play suspended because of darkness
  2. Second round will resume at 07:00 on Saturday
  3. Leaders: -10 D Johnson (13), -9 Willett (18), -8 Lawrie (12), Day (11)
  4. Selected: -7 Warren (18), -6 Donald (18), -5 Spieth (13)
  5. +5 Woods (11), +10 Faldo (18), +12 Tom Watson (18)

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy, Jonathan Jurejko and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our farewell...

    So we will see you back here for a live text from 07:00 BST I take it? Good.

    Thank you for all the interaction on Friday. What a tournament this is shaping up to be. So many in touch with the lead and conditions which look sure to cause turmoil.

    I'll leave you with this...

    Nick Faldo

    Sir Nick Faldo - three Open Championship wins but no longer will he walk the fairways in the grand competition. It would appear he is going to toast his own success.

    See you tomorrow.

  2. Watson's farewell

    Tom Watson speak to BBC Sport: "Last year I asked the R&A if they would grant me one more year of exemption for this old guy to walk the Old Course in an Open Championship for my last, it didn't take long to say they would love to have me. I do feel very thankful for this place is special, the history of St Andrews is documented, its goes back 400 years and will always be the golf course people think about when they think of links golf.

    "It has been a very special time in my life, I am 65 years old and it has been a great run since 1975 when I played across the links at Carnoustie. There are moments and memories that will be remembered."

  3. Where is Jordan Spieth?

    If you did not managed to catch it amidst all of the Tom Watson fever, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama all finished on the par-five 14th hole. They will finish that stretch tomorrow morning.

    Spieth and Matsuyama at five under and six under respectively, have work to do to catch Johnson on -10.

  4. Watson's farewell

    Tom Watson speaks to BBC Sport: "It was wonderful to have that final walk in front of a lot of people who I hope that I touched over the years of playing and have showed them some shots they were in awe of.

    "When I was a kid that was one of ways I would get out of shyness, I would hit a shot and get praise from people. I carried that on into my professional career. Today I didn't give them many good shots and I am disappointed from that standpoint but it was a pleasure to have people cheer me on during my whole round of golf today was very special."

  5. Lawrie to resume on 13th

  6. Windy day in store...

    Now don't bee fooled by those shimmering sunshines. Look a little lower at that wind. FORE!

    Saturday weather

    The strength of the wind could well cause a delay. Bring your snoods, bring your kite, bring your 'A' game.

  7. Feeling the pace? Early start...

    What a day. It was supposed to blow - it did, mildly. It was supposed to rain - it did, mildly.

    You can watch the early blows as round two resumes on BBC Two from 07:00 BST. Tomorrow looks like another bonanza.

    Claxon alert... weather update coming next...

  8. Post update

    American golf writer Brian Wacker...

  9. Headlines at 22:00

    • Dustin Johnson leads on 10 under but will resume round two on 14th hole
    • Play to resume at 07:00 BST
    • 42 players still not competed round two
    • Danny Willett clubhouse leader on nine under
    • Nick Faldo and Tom Watson finish last ever rounds in The Open
  10. Post update

    Well that was nice wasn't it?

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    John Shaw: Don't know about Tom Watson but there's a tear in my eye.

    Jamie Gillies: Tom Watson, THE gentleman of golf. What a guy, what a player.

  12. Watson bows out

    Tom Watson

    Watson's Open record: 38 starts, 10 top-10 finishes and five Claret Jugs.

    A hug from son and caddy Michael, a bow to the crowds and it is all over.

  13. Post update

    Hazel Irvine

    BBC Sport Presenter

    "Tom Watson will always be top of mind when you remember the greats of golf. They've loved him here. He made a winning debut 40 years ago at the age of 25 but we say farewell and thank you, Mr Watson."

  14. See you Tom..

    Tom Watson

    Sometimes you can become so immersed in the marathon that is a golf major that moments like this wash over you and don't quite bite for what they are.

    Watson is in for a bogey but who cares. A smiler, a gentleman, a winner, an Open Champion five times over.

  15. Post update

    Watson +11 (17)

    Whisper it quietly. Bogey here and Watson will probably finish last. Sorry. I'll tip-toe out.

    He has a tricky up and down.

  16. Willett on Watson

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    Martin Boag: Great to watch Tom Watson playing the twilight of his golfing career in the twilight at St. Andrews #legend #hewoninscotland

    Tom Allen: Fantastic scenes on 18, and fully deserved, what a legend of the game @TomWatsonPGA is!

  19. Play officially suspended

    Watson's moment

    Tom Watson

    We are officially done for the day but players can finish the hole they are on. It's time for some Tom Watson posing on the Swilcan Bridge. The applause rings out.

    This moment has been 38 years in the making. In that time we have seen him clasp the Claret Jug five times. Few, if any, are to this tournament what Watson is. Thanks Tom.

  20. Watson on the home straight

    Watson +11 (17)

    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson receives a warm welcome as he walks up the 17th, surely he will finish his round tonight.

    A bogey on 17 hasn't stopped him yet and he walks to 18 where we think the hooter will sound after his tee shot, thus allowing him to finish his round and amazing relationship with The Open tonight.

  21. Double bogey

    Snedeker +3 (17)

    Brandt Snedeker needs a birdie to get near the cut, he is currently one over par. The American uses what he calls a 'pop stroke' to get the ball rolling quickly, it's not a conventional putting technique.

    This one rolls way too far and it won't even be par. That is probably the end of his weekend hopes.

  22. Post update

    Oosthuizen -7 (11), Day -8 (11), Woods +5 (11)

    Handshakes in some places, darkness but golf in others.

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen say enough is enough on the 12th green. A good day's work for all but Tiger. They will have six holes to conclude first thing in what we expect to be very tough conditions. Sleep well boys.

    Not everyone is finished...

  23. Post update

    Johnson -10 (13)

    Interestingly, if we get one more hole in, Dustin Johnson has just flown a missile down the 14th fairway and it is a par five. Two-shot lead overnight anyone?

    Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot
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  25. Finish if you want...

    the latest from the course is that players can stop if they want to and some are apparently very keen. However, those that want to continue can do so and if one group stops, others don't necessarily have to.

    Glad that's clear. Now let's crack on lads, it's Friday and we want to be entertained.

  26. Post update

    Will Watson finish?

    Still Tom Watson smiles...

    Tom Watson

    The 65-year-old is on the 17th fairway.

  27. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "The touch has deserted Matsuyama. He will be quite keen to get in for a bit of sushi."

    The Japanese player leaves a putt well short on 13 and his run of seven birdies in 10 holes seems a while ago now. Bogeys on 11 and 12, probably par here.

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  29. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "I'm surprised they are still playing."

  30. Post update

    Official line from the R&A on when play will stop, though no time has been given yet.

    "Discussions are ongoing whether the course is playable, some of the players are asking. Once play is suspended and the hooter is blown if a player is in the course of playing a hole they can continue until the end of the hole and then stop."

    Sounds like a quick process. It's not like time is ticking.

  31. Post update

    Luke Donald on 18, looking to haul back a stroke lost on the last. This drag of course offers up chances galore and it's just a short wedge to set up a birdie chance is it... no. He didn't judge the length needed and gets no luck as the ball pitches. A tough up and down for par now.

    WOOSH as Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods tee off down 12. Night vision goggles needed for their wedge shots.

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    Still we go on. There can't be much play left to come. Go on, stay out there a bit longer!

  33. Post update

    Oosthuizen -7 (11), Day -8 (11)

    This is a man glaring at his playing partners and saying he can see little in the light.

    Louis Oosthuizen

    A par will have to do Louis Oosthuizen at the 11th and an early alarm clock will fluster him briefly tomorrow. Jason Day also makes par there to stay at eight under.

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  34. Bogey

    Donald -7 (17), Matsuyama -5 (12)

    Louis Oostuizen is trundling along nicely at seven under alongside Tiger Woods who can only dream of such a score. The pair go pin seeking at 11 but the par three is not setup for such frivolity and their shots trickle away to leave lengthy birdie putts.

    Suddenly things look tougher, the prolific birdies of earlier have turned to a trickle and Luke Donald makes bogey on 17 to slip back to -7. He will at least finish his round. Matsuyama... the birdie machine... bogey on 12. Ugly putt.

    Luke Donald chips a ball
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  36. Post update

    Aside from the nostalgia, how will a very early start, some breakfast and then a long afternoon suit any of these players on the course? The Danny Willett's and Adam Scott's of this world will start in a far more rested state.

  37. Post update

    Watson +9 (15)

    Spare a thought for Tom Watson. In a beautifully crisp sky-blue jumper he stands out even in the dwindling light.

    This is a man playing his final few holes ever in The Open. At nine over, the weekend will not be lit up with his presence but will he be forced to finish tomorrow? Just three holes to go but the emerging darkness may stop him in his tracks.

    Tom Watson waits with his caddie
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  39. Race for Silver Medal

    Amateur round-up

    Paul Dunne

    Ireland's Paul Dunne was the top performing amateur on day two, carding a 69 for the second day in a row to finish six-under, just four shots off the lead.

    American Jordan Niebrugge finished four-under, France's Romain Langasque is four-under through 11, American Oliver Shniederjans two-under through 14 and England's Ashley Chesters and Paul Kinnear are both -1, just ahead of the projected cut.

  40. Latest leaderboard

    D Johnson leads -10 after 11

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  41. Bogey

    Johnson -10 (11), Matsuyama -6 (11)

    Another miss. Another bogey. The first of the week for Dustin Johnson. It took him 29 holes but there it is. The big hitter, like Spieth, is hurt by the par three. Twice he stepped back from his putt as the wind unsettled him. Third time lucky, no way. Lips out.

    And just as the three players have followed one another in carding birdies, now they complete the full house of bogeys as Hideki Matsuyama putts a bad number '4' on his card.

  42. Bogey

    Spieth -5 (11)

    Do the winds bring a change?

    Jordan Spieth

    The tee shot which left Scotland landed Jordan Spieth in too much trouble to handle and this is the ice-cool man - wearing a beanie hat - and getting very angry.

    His trousers were gusting around his shins in the wind and the six-foot par putt was not good enough, back to five under.

    Dustin Johnson now...

  43. Testing moments

    Johnson -11 (10), Spieth -6 (10)

    Jordan Spieth has found trouble. Today has been far from smooth for him but he needs to iron out these imperfections if he is to prevent Dustin Johnson from pulling away.

    Spieth's tee shot on 11 was so wide it almost landed back in Texas and he now has to get up and down on the par three. He elects to putt and the ball covers a serious amount of real estate to land around six feet shy.

    Dustin Johnson is better placed, his par putt will be around four feet.

    Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth
  44. A rush to finish

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Sport commentator

    "When they call time for the night players do have the option of finishing the hole they are playing so there will be some mad dashing to the 18th tee for some."

    Those who cannot finish must come back at 07:00 BST on Saturday.

  45. I'm getting sick of birdies

    Dustin Johnson is in for birdie on 10 and looks unstoppable. Maybe Luke Donald is the man to put up some resistance. The 37-year-old produces a firework of a putt from serious distance for another birdie.

    Leaderboard

    Apologies if you think this is repetitive but the word 'birdie' is all I'm typing. Paul Lawrie... yes, birdie again. Eight under alongside Donald and Jason Day. I almost feel sorry for The Old Course. We need a bogey just to straighten things out a bit.

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  47. That's ugly!

    Woods (+6)

    Tiger Woods will be going home for a long weekend. He has done that a bit too often lately. Currently at six over, this will be just the second time he misses the cut at The Open.

    Tiger Woods looks on
  48. That's incredible!

    This is ridiculous. Can someone arrest Hideki Matsuyama for crimes against reality. Just as we think his run of birdies is over he putts up and over a slope, from left to right and back down a slope for a glorious seventh birdie in 10 holes.

    SEVEN IN 10. Enough is enough.

    Hideki Matsuyama celebrates
  49. What a shot!

    Driver, wedge, putter. Driver, wedge, putter. Dustin Johnson needs just three clubs in the bag.

    This left for birdie on 10.

    Dustin Johnson

    His power is stunning and this will surely be 11 under and a healthy two-stroke lead. What hole on this course can tame him?

    Jordan Spieth makes par on the same hole.

  50. I ain't afraid of no rain...

    And we have drizzle. This was supposed to be torrid today. Come on, it's not that bad. What are you guys? Fair weather players?

    Louis Oosthuizen

    Louis Oosthuizen's approach to things tells me he is ready for anything.

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  52. Matsuyama on the charge

    Matsuyama -6 (9)

    Hideki Matsuyama
  53. That's ugly!

    Schwartzel -7 (11)

    What have you done Charl Schwartzel? You can't miss those.

    Charl Schwartzel

    Back to seven under where a traffic jam of eight players now sit.

  54. Birdie

    Johnson -10 (9), Spieth -7 (9), Schwartzel -8 (10), Donald -7 (13)

    Dustin Johnson pushes his birdie attempt wide and will turn three under for his round, 10 under and leading overall.

    But take a breather, absorb your surroundings, this is now looking stacked with talent. They are lining up behind him.

    Dustin Johnson

    Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama do what Johnson couldn't on nine to move closer. Luke Donald rolls one in on 13 and is just three back while Charl Schwartzel - a major champion of the past of course - moves to eight under.

  55. Birdie

    Oosthuizen -6 (7), Day -7 (7)

    Be prepared for more change at the top. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama have pulverised this short par-four ninth and will have very, very makeable birdie putts.

    Louis Oosthuizen is over a long and rapid putt for birdie on seven... it's in. Can Jason Day follow his playing partner? Yes he can. Seven under for Day, one better off than Oost.

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    Spieth -5 (8), Johnson -10 (8)

    The Jordan Spieth putting machine isn't quite fully oiled yet and his slider on eight yields bogey. Not a long one, perhaps 12 feet but didn't threaten the hole.

    The US Open and Masters champion is back to five under, five adrift from Dustin Johnson who crushes a tee shot down nine. The ninth hole has a great name 'End.' There's a finality to the name which is scary.

  58. Headlines at 8

    • Dustin Johnson leads on -10.
    • England's Danny Willett is clubhouse leader on nine-under.
    • Australia's Adam Scott's five-under 67 ties him for second place.
    • Nick Faldo finishes +10 in his last Open at St Andrews,
    • Rain delays start of play by three hours.
    • Second round won't finish and will complete tomorrow morning.
    Danny Willett
  59. Post update

    Hideki Matsuyama is 51 places up on where he started this morning. Frightening. He is 23 and already has a big PGA Tour win to his name at Memorial last year.

  60. Birdie

    The birdie train is running through your computer/mobile/tablet, get on board.

    Hideki Matsuyama - a serious hope for a major title in Japan - is making a mockery of things. This is frankly absurd. A fifth birdie in seven holes as his long putt settles in the cup.

    Dustin Johnson, playing alongside Matsuyama and Spieth - boom. New leader. What about Retief Goosen on 13? You know what's coming... birdie.

    Goosen now shares third on seven under with Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Zach Johnson and Marc Warren.

  61. Birdie

    Spieth -6 (7)

    Jordan Spieth

    "Don't top it into the sand, don't top it into the sand, don't top it into the sand." I think we've all faced these chips.

    You won't be surprised to know Jordan Spieth didn't. Instead he nearly holed this wedge but now has a go for birdie and six under. It's downhill from 10-12 feet, minimal break, dribble... roll... drops.

    Suddenly, there are birdies everywhere...

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  63. Post update

    Johnson -9 (6)

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "I think I'd prefer to be Danny Willett than Dustin Johnson right now with my round completed."

    Johnson goes flag hunting on seven and will have 10-12 feet for the outright lead. Not putting a foot wrong the lad.

  64. Post update

    Donald -6 (12), Day -6 (12)

    "Luke Donald has played beautifully so far... until now," says Peter Alliss.

    Donald leaves a birdie putt well short on 12. Jason Day on five for par... yes, he had to make that from close range though par is not really much to shout about there. Quickly back to Donald for his par... what have you got? Plenty. In she pops.

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  66. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "I would be surprised if Dustin Johnson didn't win. He is clear favourite."

  67. In fine touch

    Johnson -9 (6)

    Dustin Johnson

    Not a bogey in sight on Friday yet either. Has this man got what it takes?

  68. Post update

    Spieth -5 6, Johnson -9 (6), Dunne -5 (16)

    The amateur of amateurs at St Andrews - Paul Dunne - has a whacky putting grip. It looks like he has a finger down either side of the grip. It doesn't get the job done on 16 as he makes bogey to drop one. A pushed putt from four feet.

    Spieth for birdie on six, left to right, six feet... drained. Johnson makes par. Will Dustin be steady until the final hole on the final day. Chambers Bay all over again?

  69. What a shot!

    Spieth -4 (5), Garcia -2 (7)

    Jordan Spieth, recovering from bogey on the easiest hole on the course, what has he got. Wow. Stuffs one to within a few feet on six. Massive birdie chance.

    And can I have a fist pump please Sergio? Yes I can. Mr Garcia judges a putt beautifully as it drops in the front of the cup on seven for birdie and two under.

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  71. Leaderboard

    One word to sum this leaderboard up? Tight.

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: -6 L Donald (Eng) -5 J Rose (Eng) -4 J Spieth (US) -2 P Mickelson (US) S Garcia (Spa) L Westwood (Eng) +5 T Woods (US).

  72. Birdie

    Donald -6 (11)

    Louis Oostuizen wants to play one-handed golf does he? Lashes one down the fifth but lets go of his club. Ball safe. Lucky boy. The former champion is back to four under and needs to take this par-five drag for all it's worth.

    Luke Donald

    What for Luke Donald, wearing the customary visor. Not sure where I stand on a visor, I guess it prevents premature baldness from too much hat usage. He looks the part and plays the part lately. His ball settles underground and that is two under for the day and six under overall. not bad when you consider he started the round with a double bogey.

  73. Birdie

    Dunne - 6 (15)

    Heard the one about the amateur who rocked up and challenged for The Open?

    His name is Paul Dunne. Irish lad. Just birdied 14 and 15 to move six under. He's 22 after all. It must be those years of experience showing through.

  74. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "A different wind direction for Jordan Spieth to deal with today and it adds a whole new dimension to this course."

  75. Birdie

    Spieth -5 (5), Johnson -9 (5)

    Jordan Spieth has this monster for birdie on five...

    Jordan Spieth

    He putts, from left to right and the ball briefly leaves the putting surface, through the fringe, it will stop short but with six feet left, that is practically a gimmee for Spieth. The kid sinks those with his eyes closed.

    Dustin Johnson two putts from 30 feet or more and that will be birdie and a share of the lead with Danny Willett.

    Back to Spieth, downhill... NO. Pulled it. Well I never. Check his pulse. That leaves him five adrift of the co-leaders.

  76. Plan for tomorrow

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    The plan is to start at 7am tomorrow and finish the second round by 10am, then begin the third round at 11am with three balls.

  77. Ouch!

    Schwartzel -6 (6)

    It's sunny one moment, dark and cold the next, what the heck is going on in the sky?

    Charl Schwartzel tosses one up there, does it come down with water on it or heat? It's come down alright but he may have to dig for that one, buried in some rough near the green. He looks confused. This would be an audacious up and down to escape punishment,

    Charl Schwartzel
  78. Eagle putts on five

    Johnson -8 (4), Spieth -5 (4)

    Be prepared for Dustin Johnson to tie the lead. He is on the par five fifth hole where shots get collected by players like a pub landlord collects hangovers.

    Where as many players have to bludgeon their ball to reach the green, Johnson flicks one and will have a long, long put for Eagle. Now Spieth... same result. Putting from Gibraltar but an eagle attempt nonetheless.

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  81. Let it rain...

    Anyone remember the Scottish band Travis? They had a belting tune called 'Why does it always rain on me.'

    weather forecast

    The wet stuff is incoming in Fife. Think slippery, slick greens.

  82. Birdie

    Reed -3 (5), Dunne -5 (14)

    "He's a streaky sort of player, when he's hot he's very hot, " says Ken Brown on Patrick Reed.

    Reed, who led the US Open in its early stages in June, has three birdies in five holes to reach three under.

    Ireland's Paul Dunne takes a slightly firmer grip of the silver medal which will be handed to the best amateur this week. He taps in a birdie on 14 and his nearest challenger for the honour is two further back.

  83. That's incredible!

    Matsuyama (-4 after 4)

    What a start. Japan's Hideki Matsuyama has gone birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie at the start of his second round. He's now on four under and in the mood for more.

  84. Player reaction

    Willett leads on -9

  85. Birdie

    D Johnson (-8 after 4)

    Dustin Johnson watches his putt

    Dustin Johnson for birdie on four. He has already seen a couple slip by today and - five feet off the green - he sinks it. The ball just about drops and moves him to just one off leader Danny Willett.

  86. Post update

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Sport commentator

    "It's going to be hard for these players as the rain and dark comes in, knowing you are trying to get yourself in a good position for the weekend."

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  88. It's raining

    Up go the umbrellas as the rain starts to fall. It looks pretty heavy as well...

  89. Birdie

    Lawrie (-7 after 3)

    Paul Lawrie is in this. The Scot won The Open at Carnoustie in 1999 and he is rolling back the years. A putt into the middle of the cup on three moves him to seven under and just two off the lead. What a fairytale this could be for the home crowd. There is something very assured about Lawrie when he is playing like this.

  90. What a shot!

    Schwartzel (-5 after 4))

    Charl Schwartzel plays a shot

    Hang on a minute. This could be a big moment as Charl Schwartzel fires his second shot on the par-five fifth to within eight feet of the flag. Chance for eagle and to really shake it up among the leaders.

  91. 'All about standing on that bridge'

    Faldo's last appearance at St Andrews

    Nick Faldo

    Faldo who finished 10-over said: "It has been a great day, and a three on the 17th has made by week.

    "Yesterday was no fun and I wasn't interested in playing today but my kids told me I would regret it if I didn't play and the kids say you have to do go, you have to go.

    "It was all about standing on the bridge and I wanted to bust out my old jumper. It would have been stupid to miss that. I am dying to make the cut but I am 58, I play once a year and there are kids less than half my age out there. If that is the last walk I will be really happy."

  92. Bogey

    Day (-6 after 2)

    Jason Day has been in real trouble on the second after a birdie at the first. Finding the bunker off the tee, he has to produce a stunning chip and run to stone dead from off the green to rescue a bogey five. It could have been worse.

  93. The pack are gathering

    D Johnson (-7 after 3)

    Dustin Johnson putts

    Another missed opportunity for Dustin Johnson. Four feet for birdie on three but he pushes it past and another par... No such problems for Luke Donald who birdies eight and moves to four under... Scores being made all over the shop now as Retief Goosen birdies nine to go to six under... Jordan Spieth sees one go by though as he pars the third and stays on five under.

  94. Post update

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: -5 J Rose (Eng), J Spieth (US) -4 L Donald (Eng -2 S Garcia (Spa) P Mickelson (US) Evens L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US).

  95. The end for Faldo?

    Sir Nick Faldo tells the BBC "that might be it " for his Open career....

  96. Warren -7

    Marc Warren on the green

    How does a golfer cope with a rain delay?

    Ian Poulter went to town, Lee Westwood watched his horse Wayward Hoof win but Marc Warren, who carded a 69 to go -7, snoozed in his car and watched re-runs of US comedy Everyone Loves Raymond.

  97. Player reaction

    Warren (-7)

    Scotland's Marc Warren, who sits second on -7, on BBC Two following his second-round score of -3: "I'm delighted with that score. It was a long morning, I had just started my warm-up in the rain when the good news came in that play had been delayed.

    "By the I time teed off it was just the wind to deal with, it was pretty dry by then. Obviously it was a great feeling to birdie the last hole at St Andrew's. My game is in good shape and I have hopefully put myself in contention. I will give it my best and see what happens."

  98. Post update

    Woods (+4 after 1)

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Tiger's got his game face on, he's not waving to the crowd in a jocular fashion. Serious stuff."

    Forget about his face, he needs to get his game together. A weak putt for birdie but at least he saves par on the first. Jason Day birdies the first and is up to seven under.

  99. BBC coverage

    The coverage will continue late on tonight though on the BBC...

  100. BBC coverage

    Up early tomorrow then...

  101. Post update

    Day (-6)

    Jason Day, starting the day on six under, nails his approach on the first. Just a couple of feet for birdie. Great start. Tiger Woods looks to match it but can't get inside that. He isn't bad though and has a birdie chance from about six feet.

  102. Brotherly love

    They are a competitive bunch the Willetts.

    After Danny took the clubhouse lead at The Open, brother Peter tweeted to remind him that he too has excelled in sport today.

    Nothing like a bit of brotherly banter to bring you back down to earth. 

  103. Post update

    Woods (+4)

    Tiger Woods

    From one legend to another. Tiger Woods is on the tee, looking to put yesterday's nightmare behind him. He is currently tied 127th after a four-over-par opening round. A 68 would get him into the weekend. What are you made off Tiger? No problems off the tee as he strides maningfully on.

  104. Post update

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Sport commentator

    "That's a nice touch from player partners still very much playing in this championship, but who would deny Faldo that moment? A great former champion at St Andrew's."

    Sir Nick Faldo salutes the crowd
  105. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Faldo's a wonderful champion who did some great things. A short career really at the top of the tree, he didn't go on like some but some magical moments. He's bathed in sunshine and adoration."

  106. Faldo's farewell

    Faldo (+10 after 18)

    Nick Faldo

    It's all about Sir Nick Faldo for the moment though as he receives another ovation onto 18. About 12 feet for birdie for the three-time Open winner but there is no dream ending. He pushes it a few feet past and is left a nasty one for par.

    Justin Rose for birdie from six feet... is it? No, he hangs his head in disappointment, but he will take that round. Four under for the day and five under for the Championship - well in contention.

    Faldo has the last word though as he holes his clutch putt for par before raising both arms aloft. St Andrews says farewell. It has been a pleasure. (Good news for him too... he isn't last any more. Mark Calcavecchia and Ben Taylor are one behind).

  107. Birdie

    Schwartzel (-5 after 1)

    Charl Schwartzel rattles in a birdie from four feet to move five under after three... Dustin Johnson settles for par on one.

  108. Memories are made of this

    Faldo (+10 after 17)

    Nick Faldo

    Sir Nick Faldo is making the most of his last walk down the 18th at St Andrews. He pulls on the jumper he wore back in 1987 when he won The Open at Muirfield before posing for photos and waving to the crowd. Playing partners Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler get in on the act as they put their arms around him on the bridge. Emotional stuff. "Still fits after 30 years"... says Faldo.

  109. Birdie

    Lingmerth (-5 after 9)

    David Lingmerth. Remember his heroics yesterday... for the first nine at least. He went out in 29 on Thursday and he has impressed on the front nine again. He birdies nine to go two under for the day and five under for the championship. Steady scoring by the Swede.

  110. Player reaction

    Scott

    Adam Scott on BBC TV: "I'm really happy with that. Any time you can have a round without bogey is pleasing. I just chipped my way round. It was not easy or hard, just a sideways wind all the way around.

    "I had a big preparation the week before I played here, not wind like this but you have to chip the ball along the ground. Just thinking about (narrowly missing out on winning The Open in 2013) makes me motivated. I know the feelings and that is all great experience for me. Hopefully I will have a chance by the time I get to the last nine on Sunday."

  111. Birdie

    Faldo (+10 after 17)

    Faldo

    Arise Sir Nick. Faldo brings the crowd to their feet on 17 with just the fifth birdie of the day on the notoriously difficult hole. He sinks an uphill putt from off the green. Brilliant. That moves Faldo to one under for the day - on what is his last Open at St Andrews - but hopes of making the cut are long, long gone. Good to see the magic is still there though.

  112. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "The Masters champion, the US Open champion, can he become The Open champion?"

  113. On the first

    Spieth, Johnson, Matsuyama,

    Jordan Spieth

    Here we go then. Jordan Spieth on the first as he continues his bid to become just the second man to win the first three majors of the year. He is in a decent position on five under. No nerves from the American as he lands safely on the fairway. Overnight leader Dustin Johnson has watched Danny Willett set the pace, how will he respond? A driving iron down the right. He is on seven under.

    A huge roar is heard from somewhere...

  114. Triple bogey

    Kuchar (E after 17)

    Just a bit more welly Phil... Mickelson misses a birdie putt by inches on the 17th. His charge has stalled as he stays on three under.

    Talking about stalling, Matt Kuchar is in real trouble after a treble bogey on 17. He finds the Road Hole bunker with his first, then thins it over the road and takes three shots from there. Back to level and in danger of missing the cut.

    Kuchar
  115. That's incredible!

    Chesters (-1) (15)

    Ashley Chesters - one of the amateurs in the field - has just dropped a freakish putt across the 15th green to make birdie and return to one under par.

    It's so long we can barely fit him and the hole (next to the player's head bottom left) into shot.

    Ashley Chesters

    Ireland's Paul Dunne - another amateur - is four under, while Jordan Niebrugge of the US is on the same mark. Remember the leading amateur wins the silver medal honour.

  116. Post update

    Poulter (+2 after 1)

    Ian Poulter hasn't made a great start. A five at the first before leaving his approach on the short well short of the green. A tough evening for Poults ahead?

    Meanwhile Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are warming up on the putting green. They tee off in about eight minutes time on five under and seven under respectively.

  117. Post update

    B. Watson (-1)

    Bubba Watson

    Bubba Watson pars the first and stays on one under. He needs a charge today.

  118. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Favourite Open moments

    JP Parsons: Favourite Open moment was watching Jean Van De Velde trying to pitch a golf ball out of a river in 1999.

    Ciaran Murph: Watching @padraig_h's 2nd shot into the 17th in 2008 at Birkdale #bbcgolf @bbcsport and winning his second major.

    Matt Wilson: #bbcgolf Open memories Rocca holing from the valley of sin given the situation & Van der Velde's adventures at Carnoustie on 18 in 1999.

  119. Any outsiders coming through?

    Where in the pack is the steamer? Where is the player who comes from nowhere to be prominent?

    A steam engine

    David Howell at three under ahead of his 18:43 BST tee off? Sergio Garcia at two below par - just teeing off?

    Rickie Fowler should be among the leaders but he has missed birdie putt after birdie putt. The Scottish Open winner has given himself so many solid chances but nothing - and I mean nothing - is threatening the hole.

    Anyone fancy someone to emerge from the pack? Tweet us on #bbcgolf.

  120. Post update

    Rose -5 (16)

    Birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie for Justin Rose... no, not quite. He whistles a putt from somewhere on the outskirts of Middlesbrough which goes just past. It will be par and he will have to stick on five under. Tough 17th drag next, then a phenomenal birdie chance on the last. The 2013 US Open winner is in great shape.

  121. Get Involved

  122. 12 groups to go

    Shaping up nicely now this. By my counting we have 36 players left to begin their rounds.

    In around three hours we will begin to know if the morning hitters have done enough or will their efforts get swallowed up by some big names?

    The cut by the way is currently at one under but some wise money is on that slipping back to level par.

  123. Birdie

    Scott -7 (18), Walker -4 (18), Kaymer -3 (18)

    The 18th hole - a drivable par four - is giving up shots like Santa gives out presents today. The three ball of Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer and Jimmy Walker all capitalise and all three are inside 10 feet for birdie.

    This is Adam Scott's ball and that is a tap-in birdie and seven under.

    Adam Scott makes birdie

    Can Kaymer follow suit, he slides one in by the thinnest of margins. What now for Walker - lovely weight - a hat-trick of birdies.

  124. Get Involved

    England's Tyrrell Hatton tees off at 19:05 BST...

  125. Birdie

    Rose -5 (15)

    Justin Rose fires an absolute worldie of an iron down the flag at 15 to leave just a few feet for birdie on a hole which has not given much up today. Indeed, it's the fourth-toughest hole on the course in round two.

    Rose makes mince meat of it and can he capitalise with the birdie putt... no problems, five under par. In strong contention.

  126. Race for silver

    Justin Rose

    A solid round from Irish amateur Paul Dunne so far, with pars on the first seven holes to keep him at three under and in a shared lead for the silver medal. Tied with him currently is American Jordan Niebrugge, who has dropped two shots after his five under opening round.

  127. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    What is your greatest Open moment?

    Danny Daly-Arnett: Van de Velde's 18th at Carnoustie will always stick out for me. A near perfect weekend until the last regulation hole.

    David Maher: Mr Liu and his straw hat finishing as runner up to Trevino at Royal Birkdale in 1971.

    MNM: Seve's chip on 18th 4th Round @ St Lythams 1988 - magic chip - Mohammed London.

  128. Bogey

    Mickelson -3 (15)

    Phil Mickelson is a yo-yo today. He's up he's down, his putts are in then out, make up your mind Phil and go with it. A nervy putt on 15 is badly wide and that is bogey.

    That's three shots given away on this back nine. An 'oh what might have been' round is forming here.

  129. Post update

    Scott -6 (17)

    It may not have escaped your attention that Adam Scott has surged the leaderboard today and did pretty well at the US Open in June too.

    But have your eagle eyes picked up on the fact the man on his bag is familiar?

    Adam Scott and

    Steve Williams - who looked after Tiger Woods's bag from 1999 to 2011 and then moved to work with Scott - was no longer in the caddying game and until recently, lived a rural lifestyle in his native New Zealand.

    "Steve was adamant that he was not going to caddie in 2015, so he took some convincing, but I am very happy he's agreed to help out," Scott said.

    The pair will be working together for the majors and it seems to be doing the business.

  130. Post update

    Scott -6 (17)

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "Adam Scott looks back to his best in America. He could be a real contender this week."

  131. Birdie

    Rose -4 (14)

    If you are just joining us, the horrid 17th hole is playing slightly - and I do mean slightly - easier today. It is now home to Adam Scott, currently six under, and he needs to find the right of the fairway to be best placed. Nails it with driver and could not have placed it better.

    What about Justin Rose? He is going about his business doggedly and has been all day. The 34-year-old pounces on a par five to make birdie. That is birdie on 13 and 14 for him and four under overall.

  132. 'Length and fluidity'

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "The cameras are gathering around the first and why not? One of the great, great champions is Tom Watson, who has won this Championship five times, is there. Members gather in the window to watch the old boy drive off, maybe for the last time.

    "Watch the swing when he drives, the length, the fluidity of it and marvel at the fellow. It won't be long before he gets his bus pass - but it is truly remarkable how easy he makes it look."

  133. Post update

    Watson (+4)

    Tom Watson

    The last time we see Tom Watson on the tee at The Open? Possibly. Although at +4, he will hope he has at least two more rounds left in him after this... Safely off the first.

  134. Redknapp on Watson

    Watson (+4)

    Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to five-time Open winner Tom Watson ahead of the second round.

    "Tom Watson is a fantastic sportsman and it will be emotional to see him walk over the Swilcan Bridge for the last time," writes Redknapp. "I saw him win The Open at Troon and even when he was in the heat of battle he made sure he smiled at the spectators and took time to acknowledge them. He's a true gentleman and a fantastic golfer and I thought it was a real shame he got some stick after last year's Ryder Cup, he didn't deserve that."

  135. A final farewell?

    Watson (+4)

    Tom Watson

    A forty year love affair with the Open Golf Championship is coming to an end - possibly.

    Tom Watson first played in the Open in 1975, won it five times and remarkably came close to a sixth as a 60-year-old in 2009.

    This week he teed off for the final time - we expect - and what better place to do it than at St Andrews - recognised the world over as the home of golf.

    So the BBC's Alex South thought he'd fire in a quick round of his own with Watson. Watch here.

  136. Watson tees off

    A five-time winner and on his 38th Open outing, here comes Tom Watson.

    Tom Watson

    Will this be his last opening tee shot at a competition which where he will forever be fondly remembered?

  137. Birdie

    Stenson -1 (14), Mickelson -4 (14)

    Henrik Stenson makes par on the par five 14th, a wasted put gets pushed past. Much like Rickie Fowler today his work is good until he gets within 10 feet of the cup. Phil Mickelson can only make par after using his bucket and spade from the bunker but this lot can wait for a while, we are probably about to see the final opening tee shot from a legend in the Open...

  138. Post update

    Johnson (-7) tee time 17:48 BST

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    Dustin Johnson

    "You can almost smell the rubber burning when he hits a driver."

    Overnight leader Dustin Johnson is on the range but he still has some time to wait, not teeing off until 17:48 BST due to the rain delay earlier today. He will be chomping at the bit...

  139. Stat attack

    Open

    No doubt the opening nine proved easier yesterday. Will the afternoon guys get a tough few hours as they did yesterday?

  140. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    Harris English

    "The scoring has been excellent when you think of the weather predictions and the way things looked at 7:00 BST. There's been some wonderful scoring. I thought the qualifying score would be well over par. But still, a long way to travel. It has been remarkably good."

  141. Bogey

    Goosen -5 (1)

    What is this? Retief Goosen follows Luke Donald up the first and it is dismal stuff. A bogey, not quite as bad as Donald but maybe a precursor? Conditions stiffening?

    Retief Goosen
  142. Ouch!

    Mickelson -4 through 13

    Anyone else get nervous when a pro takes driver off the fairway? It's such a risk-reward play and Phil Mickelson will wish he hadn't bothered when he walks up the 14th fairway. After an almighty whack, his ball runs and runs into a sand trap near the green. You are all wise enough to know that bunkers here are around 10,000 feet below sea level.

  143. Double bogey

    Donald -2 (1)

    Poor old Luke Donald, such a friendly face. He probably felt elated waking up this morning at four under going into round two. There's nothing like a double bogey on the first hole to deliver a hard right hook into the rib cage. Pick yourself up and dust yourself down Luke, go again.

    Jimmy Walker of the US has caught a bit of the Donald shakes, missing a similar short putt for par on 15. Walker will slip to three under. Walker is some player, only Jordan Spieth above him in the PGA Tour's Fedex Cup rankings.

  144. Player reaction

    Willett clubhouse leader on -9

    Danny Willett

    "It is pretty cool to be leading The Open, it is what you dream of. I have grown up watching the event and for us Brits it the major we want to win, especially here at the home of golf makes it a little bit more special.

    "I could be leading going into tomorrow, I am not sure what the weather is doing but the others won't be finished until tomorrow. I will rest up and see if I can have a good weekend."

  145. Birdie

    Mickelson -4 through 13

    If you are just joining us Phil Mickelson carded a double bogey on the 11th hole which ruined some super early work but he is back on kilter, sinking this little tester on 13 to make birdie and four under.

    Phil Mickelson
  146. Player reaction

    Johnson content wit seven under

    Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson speaking on BBC Two after finishing on seven under: "I had a couple of three putts but all in all I am pretty happy. Great rhythm, play athletic and hit your shot. There is a lot to be said about that."

    A lot to be said for his round indeed. Johnson has already won a major remember - the Masters in 2007.

  147. The ultimate barometer

    American golf writer Doug Ferguson...

  148. Birdies

    Kaymer (-2), Streb (-7), Ogilvy (-5)

    The projected cut is around level par at the moment but may slip back as conditions get tougher. Germany's Martin Kaymer is well inside the line as he makes birdie on 14 to move two under.

    What is this on second? Robert Streb of the US is into a share of second place as he sinks a bomb from 20-30 feet.

    And this birdie train is unstoppable, Geoff Ogilvy at the wheel on 18. "All aboard, all aboard", five under for the Australian.

  149. Gusts and gusts

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    "A weather forecast from the course: Chance of a few showers, especially later, but they should tend to move through quite quickly on the wind. Wind increasing to 20mph, gusting to 30mph later.

    "Saturday: Very windy. Chance of showers to start the afternoon but becoming drier and brighter with increasing amounts of sunshine through the afternoon and into the evening. Winds 20-25mph with gusts 30-40mph. Gusts should start to ease into the evening."

  150. What's the weather doing?

    Some weather news next which may please Danny Willett...

  151. It's been a long wait

    Stats

    There has not been an English Open winner since Nick Faldo in 1992... No pressure then Danny Willett...

  152. Birdie

    Willett leads on nine under

    Danny Willett

    This could be a key moment for Danny Willett on 18. After a couple of dropped strokes late in this round he has this 10 footer for nine under and a two-stroke lead. All in black, he stands over it, sets it on its way... never in doubt. A crisp putt and an Englishman leads The Open Championship.

    His 69 was rock solid. A minor wobble but not even Harry Houdini could escape this course unscathed.

  153. The hardest hole

    BBC

    Things are proving a little easier today on 17 though as Thongchai Jaidee and Geoff Ogilvy nail putts from distance for the third and fourth birdies of the day on that hole. Better than the big fat zero from yesterday.

  154. That's ugly!

    Rose (-3)

    Justin Rose is battling. He is like a fish refusing to be caught by a net as struggle engulfs him. Some wayward shots into greens have left him scrambling and now on 12 he finds a nasty fairway bunker off the tee. Not nice.

    Still two under for the day and three under for the tournament, Rosie needs to cling on.

  155. Latest scores

    If you are just dipping into our live text and scratching your head as to who has done what so far, let us bring you up to date.

    We had a hefty rain delay and started over three hours late. Danny Willett has played beautifully to grab the lead with a hole of his round left. Zach Johnson has been as steady as we have come to expect from him and Adam Scott is in the groove like one of the Bee Gees in the 1960s.

    leaderboard

    Selected others: -4 L Donald (Eng) -3 P Mickelson (US) D Howell (Eng) -2 S Garcia (Spa) -1 G Owen (Eng) L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US).

  156. Which players are smiling?

    And so we creep into late afternoon, the gusts, they don't die down, the hopes of some are gone but a fair few still believe.

    Are these two smiling back in the clubhouse as they await their late start times? Or is there a quiver or two running through their bodies as the wind rattles the windows?

    Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson

    Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are off at 17:48 BST.

  157. Bogey

    Willett (-8 after 17)

    ...make that one shot. Danny Willett crashes his par putt holewards, only to drag it a little left of the cup. The ball clips the lip, races round the edge, and refuses to drop. Groans from the gallery and a look of despair from the Englishman. His lead is hanging by a thread.

  158. Post update

    Willett (-9 after 16)

    Not bad, not bad. Danny Willett grimaces a little as his long birdie putt on 17 climbs and drops towards the hole. Eventually it runs out of gas and swerves away. Meanwhile, over on 18, Zach Johnson finishes with a birdie to move within two shots of the Yorkshireman...

  159. Post update

  160. Post update

    Donald -4 (tee-time 16:15)

    Luke Donald

    England's Luke Donald, who is about to tee off shortly, on BBC Two: "Going off early is a big advantage. The front nine played as easy as you will get out here, the second nine not as easy but I'm pretty pleased overall. I think the conditions are meant to be bit challenging, links golf plays well when windy, it takes imagination. Hopefully I can play well."

  161. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    What is your greatest Open moment? Tweet #bbcgolf

    John McEnerney: Has to be Seve dropping that putt in 1984 and then that celebration, it doesn't get any better than that. King Seve.

    Rob Hall: Fave Open moment Lyle's 71 at Muirfield in 1987. Astonishing round of golf. Our tent was ripped to shreds and the campsite flooded.

    Luke: Greg Norman's blistering final round in the 1989 Open at Troon where Calcavecchia eventually won.

  162. Post update

    Willett (-9 after 16)

    Danny Willett gazes at his bag, flicks his sight on the 17th green, then alternates between the two. Out comes a mid-iron on the near-500-yard par 4...he's hit that with a bit too much beef. A low drill under the Fife breeze means there is little check on the putting surface, the ball bounding around the bunker that juts in from the left. A looong way back for birdie....

  163. Post update

    Willett (-9 after 16)

    Current leader Danny Willett bounds along the gravel track from the 17th tee, swinging his water bottle from side to side. Four birdies, just the one blemish, and a two-shot lead. No wonder he has a spring in his step. Negotiate the fearsome Road Hole safely and he will be in a healthy position as he sticks his feet up tonight...

  164. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    What is your greatest Open moment?

    Shirley Bradbury: Seve at Lytham.

    Stephen Turner: Justin Rose chipping in on the final hole to tie for fourth as an amateur.

    Steve Lawley: Van de Veldes meltdown and Paul Lawrie's magnificent win from 12 shots back in 1999.

  165. Weather watch

    Quote Message: Through the rest of the afternoon and evening the weather will provide some challenging and changeable conditions for the golfers. For the most part the weather will remain dry with heavy showers in the area; one or two may roll across the links. Winds will remain strong with gusts reaching 35mph, especially around any showers. from Jake Cope BBC Weather forecaster
    Jake CopeBBC Weather forecaster
  166. Westwood's winner

    Westwood (-1) tee time: 17:26

    Lee Westwood, waiting for his delayed tee-time, had some spare time to watch his horse Wayward Hoof win the 2.40 at Haydock.

  167. Par

    Willett (-9 after 16)

    The par-4 16th green is one of the trickier greens to read on the Old Course. Not for Danny Willett. The leader maintains his two-shot lead, racing his birdie putt up the slope, leaving a easy conversion back for the par.

  168. Birdie

    Warren (-7 after 18)

    Warren

    The cheer from the 18th green tells everyone else dotted around the Old Course that a Scotsman is on the charge. Marc Warren moves level with overnight leader Dustin Johnson by sinking his final shot of the day. That's a lovely 18 holes of work.

    Two-time Open winner Padraig Harrington matches Warren to go -3, while their other playing partner - Liang Wen-Chong - crashes the birdie party too.

  169. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "What do they say? He is in the zone.... I'm not quite sure what that means but he is in it."

  170. Great save

    Rose (-4) Fowler (-1)

    I did warn you Justin Rose had a putt the length of Britain to net birdie at nine and he gave it too much petrol, his ball ending up near the Shetland Islands. So this is a horrible 15 footer for par and his head may well explode if he misses. Here it comes, will it drop in the left side of the cup? Yes it will.

    Terrific save.

  171. The 17th is finally tamed

    First birdies in two days

    This man did what 156 could not do yesterday. Birdie on 17, the first of the week.

    Jaco van Zyl

    South African Jaco Van Zyl is the man of the moment but not to be undone, his compatriot Thomas Aiken has netted one on the famous road hole.

    So like buses, two have arrived. The penultimate drag looks a little easier today with the pin not hidden behind a bunker so perhaps it won't dash hopes as it did on Thursday. Remember, we saw a a high score of nine on there yesterday.

    Both van Zyl and Aiken were three under today but are way off the pace here - four over and level par respectively.

  172. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    What is your greatest Open moment?

    Paul McQuillan: Padraig Harrington defending his title in 2008 with a superb Eagle on the par 5 17th.

    Scott Laurence: Got to be Mickelson's 2013 win. Four birdies in his final six holes to win by 3 shots.

    John: Got to be Tom Watson and Big Jack head to head in the final round (afraid can't remember where though).

    We'll help you out John...Turnberry in 1977.

  173. Bogey

    Willett (-9 after 15)

    The eyes of the chasing pack light up. Leader Danny Willett has desperately been trying to avoid Bogeyville for the last few holes, but now the Yorkshireman is dining there. A long birdie putt on the 455-yard par four 15th is left short, leaving him a knee-knocking save. That creeps around the corner, knocking him back within two shots of second-placed Dustin Johnson.

  174. That's ugly!

    Rose (-4) Fowler (-1)

    Justin Rose is waving his club around in the air and not in celebration, it's one of those sloppy, petulant waves of his stick as he has grossly undercooked his approach into nine. No disaster, he's on the green but the distance to the pin is probably the equivalent of St Andrews to Cardiff.

    Rickie Fowler much more on it, over the flag and nicely placed. Another birdie chance for a man carding too many pars.

  175. Post update

    Lahiri (-5 after 18)

    "Here's a putt and a half," muses BBC commentator Peter Alliss. India's Anirban Lahiri, the man sneaking onto the below leaderboard, sizes up an eagle putt that must travel down a track as lengthy as a cricket wicket. He pitches it short, leaving him with a googly of a birdie putt. That goes begging as Lahiri signs for a two-under 70 to leave him three adrift of leader Danny Willett.

  176. Latest scores

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: P Mickelson (US) -4 L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) -3 -2 S Garcia (Spa) -2 G Owen (Eng) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US).

  177. Post update

    Warren (-6 after 17)

    Marc Warren is tootling along rather nicely. That birdie column doesn't improve on either 16 or 17, but a pair of pars are almost as good for the leading Scot. Especially as the Fife wind looks set to crank up the pressure on today's late starters.

  178. Pars will have to do

    Rose (-4) Fowler (-1)

    Rickie Fowler - needs to start making putts - can't nail this birdie chance on eight. His downhill effort just slides on away and another chance evaporates. His one under score could be oh so different had the putter not been frosty over the last couple of days.

    Justin Rose downs his second putt for par so they head to the ninth where birdies have been made 40 times already today.

  179. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at St Andrews

    "Way out at the far end of the Old Course, where the 11th green and 12th tee cosy up against the estuary banks, the wind is teasing rather than tormenting - gusty, alright, but relenting at times.

    "For those teeing off on the 12th, it's the sort of cross-wind that would make a chaotic mess of a Tour de France peloton, with echelons churning their way down the fairway to the 12th green."

  180. Boycott on Willett

    Willett (-10 after 14)

    Geoffrey Boycott

    We said earlier (13.46) that a certain former cricketer at Lord's would be interested in the progress of Danny Willett. And BBC Radio 5 live's John Inverdale has caught up with Mr Yorkshire himself, Geoffrey Boycott.

    Asked what his thoughts on the stat that no Yorkshireman has ever won The Open before, Boycott said: "There can't have been many of us to enter if that has happened."

    He added: "I have watched Willett before win the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. He played out of his skin, it was a big tournament to win against some of the world's best players and gave him a lot of confidence. He is only half way but he has a chance."

  181. Coming up

    American amateur Jordan Niebrugge will tee off at 15.42. The 21-year-old shot a five-under 67 in round one to equal the lowest amateur record held since 1960 by Joe Carr.

    Selected tee times:

    15:42 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Anthony Wall (Eng), Jordan Niebrugge (US)

    15:53 Sandy Lyle (Sco), Charley Hoffman (US), Kevin Na (US)

    16:04 Kevin Streelman (US), Retief Goosen (SA), Shane Lowry (Ire)

    16:15 Luke Donald (Eng), Carl Pettersson (Swe), Hunter Mahan (US)

    16:26 Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Ross Fisher (Eng), Billy Horschel (US)

  182. Par

    Willett (-10 after 14)

    Danny Willett knows he can't attack this birdie putt too much, but equally he doesn't want to bottle it. A par will do for the leader. The ball slopes past the can, leaving him with a relatively straight forward hold. Job done for the Yorkshireman. That's four straight pars, coming through the trickiest part of the windswept Old Course unscathed....

  183. Birdie putts next

    Rose (-4) Fowler (-1)

    Justin Rose is bobbing along nicely and takes aim at the eighth green from the tee box. He took par here yesterday and will do well to make the same as his tee shot is some way left of the flag but on the putting surface.

    Rickie Fowler up next as the eighth becomes a bit of a bowling alley. He goes right at the skittle and gets reward, a makeable birdie putt from around 10-12 feet awaits. Off they march as the wind rattles the pin in the distance.

  184. Post update

    Willett (-10 after 13)

    "What's Danny Willett up to?" I hear you cry. Wonder no more. Over on Long - a 600-yard plus par five, of course - he looks towards a landscape of rolling hills, swirling in from north to south, east to west, west to east...you get my drift. At the top of this dreamy scene, unfortunately for the golfer, is the flag. He dinks one high and right, waiting for the wind to bring it round towards the pin. It holds. Two putts for the par....

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    What is your greatest Open moment? Tweet #bbcgolf

    Martin Johnson: Mark Calcavecchia chipping in direct from gorse bushes at Troon in 1989. That was when you knew his name was on the jug.

    Andy Connell: Harrington 2nd shot on the 17th final day 2008 at Carnoustie.

    Jeanie: Fav moment - the streaker at St Andrews 1995.

  186. Post update

    Z Johnson (-7 after 14)

    Zach Johnson misjudges the wind off the 13th tee, shaping his opening shot all wrong. Grab a clump of grass and toss it high the air. Tried and tested. That leaves the American with a tricky approach shot, which he nails, then follows it up with a decent conversion to save par. Still joint second alongside Dustin...

  187. Post update

    Scott (-4), Warren (-6)

    Adam Scott

    Australia's 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, with that soon-to-be-outlawed broom-handled putter, sinks a birdie on nine, before we see Scotland's Marc Warren - over on 16 - boost his greens-in-reg percentage by landing another approach shot on the putting surface. Let's see if he boost that birdie column...

  188. Danny Willett - Did you know?

    Willett -10 through 13 holes

  189. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "That was a beautiful putt under a lot of pressure from Danny Willett. He looks really good."

  190. Par

    Willett (-10 after 13)

    Danny Willett almost needs a compass to navigate his way around that enormous 13th/5th double green - it is huge! The equivalent of 10 tennis courts apparently. The Championship leader could do with a racquet as he thumps his birdie putt towards its target, only for the slight upslope to take the sting out of his effort. Tricky putt to save par. Not for this confident young man...

  191. Get Involved

    Tweet us on #bbcgolf

    What is your favourite Open moment? Ross Graham takes us back to 1995.

     Costantino Rocca forced a play-off with an incredible putt from distance but John Daly proved too strong over the extra holes.  

  192. Post update

    Warren (-6 after 15)

    Almost every time I see Marc Warren putt, he is gunning for a birdie. And almost every time he slides it agonisingly wide. His greens-in-regulation percentage of 78% - and his conversion rate for four birdies - prove that right. Sort of. Same again on 15 for the Scot...

  193. Post update

    Willett (-10 after 12)

    Danny Willett, a couple of holes further back from Marc Warren, has a similar shot on the 13th. Locals will queue up to tell you that 'Hole O'Cross' is one of the hardest holes on the Old Course, apparently. Willett can't see where his ball lands as scampers up the grassy mound. But the cheer from the gallery tells him that he will be grabbing the putter in a few seconds...

    Danny Willett
  194. Post update

    Warren (-6 after 14)

    Something has disrupted the flow of Marc Warren as he lines up his approach on 15. Maybe it is the glare of his washing-powder-white trousers. Maybe it isn't. Either way he loops one long, over the mound protecting the green, and manages to make it sit on the putting surface.

  195. Post update

    Z Johnson (-7 after 13)

    Zach Johnson, after two straight bogeys, needs some help from the golfing gods. That he gets on the 13th, sneaking a 15-foot putt down the left hand side of the trapdoor. Back into joint second alongside namesake Dustin...

    Zach Johnson
  196. Willett be Danny?

    Willett (-10 after 12)

    Danny Willett
  197. Post update

    Willett (-10 after 12)

    Steady stuff from leader Danny Willett, who maintains that three-shot lead with a comfortable hold on 12. Time for a quick bite of a banana after he lashes one off the 13th tee. Strategic refuelling from the Yorkshireman.

  198. GET INVOLVED

    Get involved via #bbcgolf

    It is time for you guys to dig into the memory bank and hit us with what you deem to be your favourite Open moment.

    It could be Seve Ballesteros winning, Nick Faldo winning, or perhaps something more obscure - Jean van de Velde taking his socks off and stepping into the Barry Burn at Carnoustie anyone?

    Jean van de velde

    Send your favourite to #bbcgolf and we will build them into this live text.

  199. Birdie

    Rose (-4 after 5)

    False start from Justin Rose as the increasing wind momentarily knocks him off balance on the fifth green. The Englishman regains his composure quick sharp, confidently stroking in his third straight birdie.

  200. Latest scores

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: -4 G Owen (Eng) L Donald (Eng) D Howell (Eng) -3 P Mickelson (US) -2 S Garcia (Spa) -1 L Westwood (Eng) +4 T Woods (US).

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    What are the worst conditions you have played in?

    Ian: Played 18 holes at Muirfield in early Jun in 40mph+ winds, driving rain and hail. The course was deserted!

    Endo: Played at Spey Valley in torrential rain for 17 and 1/2 holes. Played to the death as was mates stag. Took a while to dry out!

    Lisa: Once hit a 320yard drive one frosty morning. Bounced on and on for what seemed like eternity.

  202. Post update

    Warren (-6 after 14)

    Wry smile from Marc Warren as he sees another birdie putt drift past the hole. Nailing that one on 14 would have moved the Scot into joint second place...

    Marc Warren
  203. Post update

    Henley (-3 after 10)

    Danny Willett might be top of the pops with his blistering second round, but his four-under effort isn't the best round so far today. American Russell Henley is flying up the charts quicker than a Justin Bieber download. He sticks his second on the par-four 10th green with a tiddler of a putt for his fifth birdie of the day. Shame he shot a two-over 74 yesterday...

  204. Post update

    Z Johnson (-6 after 12)

    Uh oh. Another dropped shot from one-time leader Zach Johnson. The American lags a lengthy putt on the 12th, leaving himself with a tricky save. He cannot convert and cards his second dropped shot in a row.

  205. Post update

    Grace (-4 after 4)

    Branden Grace, the South African who many have stuck down as their outside bet (ahem, me), throws a piece of string down between his ball and the fourth hole. Off the ball goes, whistling along the 20-foot path. This is in, all the way, surely. Nope. A late turn away leaves Grace open-mouthed in disbelief. You'll have to settle for a par, sir.

    Branden Grace
  206. Bullseye Padraig

    Harrington (level)

    Oh to be laser accurate on the greens - it makes champions after all.

    Padraig Harrington, currently one under par for the tournament through 13 holes today, was the best putter in the field during round one, taking just 24 blows with the short stick.

    Padraig Harrington

    Paul Lawrie, who resumes at seven under at 17:59 BST, was second in terms of fewest strikes with the putter - 25.

  207. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "This is the stage of the course for the leaders where the holes get tough. You need to try to get a few pars then birdie 18."

  208. Post update

    Willett (-10 after 11)

    He can't. Can he? No, not this time. Leader Danny Willett eyes up a third successive birdie on the short 11th, goes down the slope, but his ball is not snaffled by the hole on this occasion. Easy tap in for the par.

  209. Post update

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    Think arguments about new gear and equipment ruining golf are new? Spend half an hour in the British Golf Museum at St Andrews and see some of the funky old clubs on display and you'd probably change your mind. Here's British Golf Museum curator Laurie Rae on the subject...

    "There's been evolution in golf clubs and equipment since golf has been played, it's not a modern phenomenon. When the rubber-core ball first appeared around 1902, everyone thought that would be the ruination of golf, that courses would have to be lengthened and equipment reined in. We have exactly the same issues today."

  210. Post update

    Mickelson (-3 after 4)

    Phil Mickelson has been there, done it and got the 'I've won a Major' t-shirt. Old Lefty digs out the fairway wood on the lengthy par-five fifth and digs out a wonderful second shot. He stands back , admires, and leaves himself with the chance of an eagle three.