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Summary

  1. America's Dustin Johnson leads on -10
  2. -9 D Willett (18), -8 P Lawrie (18), -5 J Spieth (18)
  3. Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter miss cut
  4. 11-hour delay due to wind means tournament will finish on Monday
  5. Round three to take place on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko, Andy Cryer and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell - put your kite away

    And so, at the end of a golf-sparse but extraordinary day, we bid you farewell.

    No doubt what the big news line is... we will play on Monday...

    The Open

    Please keep an eye on the BBC Sport golf index as we expect the tee times for round three soon but we will tee up a live text here at a scheduled 11:00 BST.

    It is getting serious from here on in but I'll leave you with this. In the last five Open Championships at St Andrews the winner has at least shared the lead after 36 holes - Nick Faldo, John Daly, Tiger Woods twice, Louis Oosthuizen.

    Over to you then Dustin Johnson.

    See you tomorrow guys and gals, thanks for keeping spirits up with your interactions today.

  2. Arnold in, Westy up early

    Australian Scott Arnold made the cut it seems with par at the last and will partner David Duval tomorrow. Note, it's the 'projected cut' so it could change but that's doubtful.

    Lee Westwood will be out early too. Currently tied for 61st he is one of the last in the remaining field at level par.

  3. Bring a brolly

    The Open - round three

    After today's insanity, these weather updates suddenly seem vitally importance and thankfully only the wet stuff looks like getting in the way tomorrow.

    weather St Andrews

    Unless there is an utter deluge we may well get a full day of play. Shock horror I know. Note the low wind figures at the bottom of between five and seven miles an hour. This morning those figures read 40mph and more.

    Game on.

  4. Well done Willett

    Willett -9

    Danny Willett

    Danny Willett got a text on Friday from his mum that said congratulations on making the cut. The Yorkshireman told BBC Sport: "They are very frank my mum and dad, they tell me how it is. My dad (who is a vicar) had a wedding on Saturday. It's a shame they can't be here, but I'm sure they'll be watching."

  5. Post update

    Arnold (level) (17)

    A couple still out on the course with focus zoomed in in Australian Scott Arnold. At level par, he rests on the cut line with one hole to play.

    After four birdies on his back nine, blowing up now would be a really kick in the shin.

  6. Can the leader finish?

    Leader Dustin Johnson

    Are you a Dustin Johnson lover? Those booming drives win many over. Or are you Great Britain through and through - shouting for Paul Lawrie and Danny Willett among others?

    DJ - a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour came into this tournament with tales of his collapse late on at the US Open on the lips of the masses.

    It has to be said though, if lacking in experience of closing out a major, he has plenty of know how when it comes to at least putting up a battle for one.

    Dustin Johnson

    We await the round three tee times.

  7. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "The likes of Danny Willett, Marc Warren and Paul Lawrie have got to believe they can win it. It's not always a superstar that wins The Open or wins a major. Paul won one a long time ago but he has to believe he can do it. The same goes for the others as well."

    Danny Willett
  8. 'I'm not sure what day it is'

    Leader Dustin Johnson

    Dustin Johnson, who is at the top of The Open leaderboard at -10, speaking to BBC Two: "It was tough today with the delay. Everyone was out there and we knew it would be tough. I was in a good position when we went back out and was just trying to hold on and make par. Unfortunately I bogeyed the first hole on the restart, but then picked up after that. It's not easy to slip back into things. You have to warm-up and prepare like you have to play a full round. I played well coming in - I had a couple of pars and birdie which is all I can ask for. We still have a lot of golf to play. It's only, what, Saturday night? I'm not sure what day it is! We're only halfway down and I'll just see what happens tomorrow. I'll embrace challenge and just take what the golf course gives us."

  9. Post update

    Johnson -10, Willett -9

    What we do know for sure that the last names called by the famous starter Ivor Robson on Saturday will be America's Dustin Johnson and England's Danny Willett.

    Imagine the butterflies. Imagine the thoughts of glory that may run through the mind.

    Willett and Johnson

    We are forecast wet conditions so par chasing rather than birdie hunting may well be the order of the day. No doubt who has the experience of being in this position before but memories of failure in majors will be fairly fresh in the head of Dustin Johnson.

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    Joshua Worth: Shaping up for a fantastic final two days at The Open - Matsuyama, Johnson, Willett, Garcia, Scott all in the mix - it could be anyone's!

    Ouzo 1875: Looking forward to one of the most exciting ends to The Open in a long time.

  11. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "There are some big names on that leaderboard who are not too far away from things. Its shaping up nicely despite the delay."

    The Open leaderboard
  12. Post update

    We make it a dozen players left out on this famous track.

    My word - and note I did say this last night - things are shaping up nicely for a lovely finish.

  13. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Nice to see David Howell showing some form. He's played very nicely today under difficult conditions."

  14. Post update

    Howell -3 (18)

    David Howell falls just short of a birdie opportunity at the 18th, and then calmly rolls it at the second time of asking for par to finish with a round of 73. A solid effort and he'll be back tomorrow and won't need that hat hopefully.

  15. Oosthuizen on moving balls

    Oosthuizen -7 (18)

    A chuckling Louis Oosthuizen, talking about his ball that moved about eight feet on the green much much earlier this morning and caused play to be suspended, told BBC Sport: "It was going to be a tough left-to-right putt from two feet anyway, so in a way it moved to a better spot because it was a straight putt back although it was eight feet.

    "I should've had my coin out sooner to mark the ball. I knew the rule but I wanted to make sure with the official.

    "It was a long day and the golf course is playing tough. You just knew you would have to make 10-footers for par and it was a grinding closing six or seven holes."

    Louis Oosthuizen
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    Hyland Boy: With the bad weather forecast Paul Lawrie is in with a real shout. Good wind player and can handle the pressure.

  17. Lawrie on the leaderboard

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    Paolo Brand: Great putt David Duval and great too see him make the cut. And we Brits love an American golfer who is a liberal!

    Mark Montgomery: Good to see David Duval playing well. Hopefully he can shoot a low score on Sunday and Monday.

  19. Birdie

    Duval (level par) (18)

    Well in David Duval. Looks enough to make the cut.

    David Duval
  20. Man unable to walk on water but is instead in water

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    A man walks in water with jeans on

    "I'm just wondering what he's doing. I think he's had a good day on the local jungle juice and is just cooling off. We've seen a few of them today. There's not been much to look at so they've sampled the local hospitality. Should have taken his boots off really - too late now."

  21. Birdie

    Cink -3 (18)

    Stewart Cink judges his birdie putt on 18 perfectly. A 10 footer has just enough pace on it to drop and he is three under for the tournament.

  22. Post update

    Duval (+1) (17)

    To the 18th, can David Duval make the weekend? Remember he needs a birdie. The 2001 champion has an uphill putt from off the green for eagle and he massages it to within three feet. That's all he needs to make the cut at level par.

  23. Post update

    Philip Parkin

    BBC TV on-the-course commentator

    "It's a gorgeous evening now, not too cold and just a gentle breeze which isn't affecting the golf at all."

    St. Andrews
  24. If you're just tuning in...

    If you are just joining us and are wondering what the hell is going on...

    • Play resumed at 18:00 BST after an almost 11-hour delay due to high winds
    • Only round two will finish on Saturday with round three on Sunday and the final round on Monday
    • Dustin Johnson completes his round and leads by a stroke on 10 under
    • Paul Lawrie will begin round three in third on eight under, a blow behind Danny Willett
    • Tiger Woods finishes seven over par and misses cut
  25. Clarke misses the cut

    Darren Clarke +2 (18)

  26. The also-rans

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at St Andrews

    "How the mighty fall: go right to the very bottom of the scoreboard, and you will find six former Open champs in the last 11 of the 156 players at this year's championships.

    In reverse order, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia, Sir Nick, Tiger, Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis. 14 Opens and 31 majors between them, reduced today in raw statistical sense to the also-rans."

    Tom Watson bows out
  27. Post update

    Cink -2 (17), Duval +1 (17)

    Stewart Cink, the villain at Turnberry in 2009 as he beat everyone's favourite - Tom Watson - in a play-off, misses a par putt on 17. Not a nice sight and David Duval does the same.

    Cink is two under and in decent shape, Duval is now one shot outside the cut line and needs birdie on 18.

  28. I can sort out Woods - Player

    Three-time Open champion Gary Player has had a chat with BBC Sport's Dan Walker. It was one of those wide-ranging interviews that covered St Andrews, Arnold Palmer and, of course, Tiger Woods.

    Player reckons that, given an hour, he could change Woods's life for the better. A fascinating interview and one not to miss.

    Gary Player talking to Dan Walker
  29. Post update

    Koepka -3 (18)

    Brooks Koepka was briefly on the charge this evening but a bang average putt on 18 gives him just par at the last and he will return at -3 tomorrow.

    Brooks Koepka

    The putt was so bad he started walking after it immediately.

  30. Post update

    Duval (level par) (16)

    Wow. David Duval is on the course. The former world number one and former Open champion won won 13 PGA Tour tournaments between 1997 and 2001 but then pretty much disappeared with injures and medical conditions.

    He could make the cut here though at level par on 17. No dropped shots and you've got a busy weekend David.

    David Duval

    Duval has missed the cut six times in a row at The Open.

  31. Post update

    Howell -3 (16), Pepperell -2 (15)

    David Howell's hat anyone?

    David Howell

    No, I'm not keen either.

    Nice ball into the 16th green though and an outside birdie chance will be his reward. Eddie Pepperell cannot make his birdie on 15 and stays at two under.

  32. Day done good

    Day -7 (18)

    After having two bogeys in the 32 minutes of play possible earlier this morning, Jason Day finished with a one-under 71. He told the BBC: "It can be frustrating if you let it but I want to win a major so badly that I cant afford to let it. It can be frustrating that I three-putted 12 and 13 this morning after finding the greens in regulation but it was really difficult to putt in that wind.

    "But to come back grind it out and finish with a birdie puts me in a good spot.

    "I'm never going to stop fighting. I'm not sure what Monday is going to give us but Sunday's forecast is for lighter winds and that means scoring opportunities on what will be moving day."

    Jason Day
  33. Post update

    Pepperell -2 (14)

    Some of you may have read the BBC Sport feature prior to this Open Championship on Eddie Pepperell.

    'The loneliness and tedium of a pro golfer' was a fascinating read about life for this 24-year-old.

    Eddie Pepperell

    Pepperell is lining up an iron into the green on 15 and at two under, has lots to play for and be cheerful about here. A good strike, it lands perfectly to roll over a ridge on the green and set up a great birdie chance.

  34. Post update

    Le Tissier +3 (Not in The Open)

    Former Southampton player Matt Le Tissier has had a round at Loch Lomond today and took to twitter to show off his scorecard... even Tiger would be proud of a +3 finish.

    Matt Le Tissier's scorecard

    That eight on a par five was costly eh Matt?

  35. Leaderboard

    Amidst all the chat about weather, contenders and failures, let's not overlook the name at the bottom of that leaderboard. Paul Dunne, an amateur, will be an excited man tonight.

    Leaderboard

    Selected others: -6 L Donald (Eng) -5 J Rose (Eng) S Garcia (Spa), J Spieth (US) -3 G Owen (Eng) D Howell (Eng) +7 T Woods (US)

  36. Post update

    Howell -3 (15)

    Swindon's David Howell - a five-time winner on the European Tour - is threatening to join the contenders here but another birdie chance slides past for the 40-year-old on 15.

    David Howell

    Of those left on the course, few are in immediate contention but a little run and who knows?

  37. Post update

    Woods +7 (18)

    A last note on Tiger Woods to sum up just how rough those 36 holes were. He is currently tied for 147th place out of 156 entrants.

    Tiger Woods
  38. Woods misses cut

    Woods +7 (18)

    Tiger Woods

    Will Tiger Woods ever get back to being the player he once was? The three-time Open winner misses the cut for just second time in 19 Open appearances... It is just the seventh cut he has missed in 75 major championships.

    What was it Dylan Thomas wrote?

    Do not go gentle into that good night,

    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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    Callum Jenkins: Tom Watson and Nick Faldo both said goodbye to The Open. Could this also be the last time we see Tiger Woods at St Andrews? Certainly 2020 seems a long time.

    Dai Trembath: Despite everything Tiger can still do it and produce amazing shots.

  40. Post update

    Woods +7 (18)

    Philip Parkin

    BBC TV on-the-course commentator

    "St Andrews suits Tiger's games so well, and he hit the ball well during practice so I think he'd have believed he could win. But it's not to be this time. He's not going to stop trying and he'll keep going. It must be so difficult when everyone's eyes are fixed on you."

  41. Post update

    Woods +7 (18)

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "Disappointing from Tiger. He talked himself up beforehand but now has a lot of work to do back home. He'll go home, regroup and try to find a little something."

  42. Post update

    Woods +7 (18)

    It is perhaps fitting. From an eagle putt it's a birdie putt and it's one that just slides away. Miserable finish. Tiger Woods ends his two rounds on seven over and he will now head home. He strides away past the famous clubhouse with a thoughtful look on his face. What is he thinking?

    When will it turn? Will it turn?

    Tiger Woods salutes the crowd after round two
  43. Post update

    Oosthuizen -7 (18)

    Tiger smashes his eagle putt way past, it won't matter as he is missing this cut by a huge margin. Louis Oosthuizen on the other hand could do with this at seven under. It's around 12 feet for birdie and it breaks left to right. Too much break, sorry Louis. It's seven under for your start on Sunday.

  44. Post update

    Oosthuizen -7 (17)

    Louis Oosthuizen threatened the airspace of Norway with his tee shot on 18 and has a chip back across the green from near the stands to set up birdie. Magical touch on this fella though. Lifts it high, lands it soft, 10 feet left for eight under. Now, can Tiger Woods finish with a birdie?

  45. Brooks's ace

    Did you miss Daniel Brooks's spectacular hole-in-one on the par-three 11th?

    Fear not, you can watch it again right here.

    Daniel Brooks
  46. Post update

    Howell -3 (14)

    David Howell continues to go about his business nicely. His nickname - 'Howler' - is a bit too original for my liking but this chip of his on 14 is no howler at all. Sets up a birdie attempt as he whips one out of the thick rough near the green. Around 10 feet for birdie and four under... here goes... pushed. No threat on the hole. A right howler.

  47. Post update

    Woods +7 (17)

    The crowd on 18 are in for a Tiger Woods treat (and there are not too many of those these days). With nothing to loose, he is going to go Happy Gilmore on this ball and smash it into next week.

    Tiger Woods

    It's a reachable green on this par four so here we go, cowabunga.... a ripper. Woods finds a wonderful line but a shade short of the putting surface. Still, he should make birdie from there.

  48. Lawrie in the clubhouse

    Lawrie -8 (18)

    Paul Lawrie holds firm on the last to make par - though birdie is always the goal there. What a position he finds himself in. He will be in one of the last groups out on Saturday. Feel the pressure, feel the glare, feel the home crowd, Lawrie will love it.

    Paul Lawrie

    His best finish at The Open since winning it at Carnoustie in 1999 is tied 26th in 2013.

  49. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at St Andrews

    "Four or five deep down Links Road alongside the 18th, the evening sun warm and the protection of the old granite buildings keeping the punters from the wind.

    "Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth greeted like potential champions; the former may bear a facial resemblance to Pete Townshend, but there was a mere touch of the cap rather than a windmill arm as he knocked in the birdie that took him into the outright lead."

  50. Magic moment for Brooks

    Daniel Brooks with a hole in one at the 11th

  51. Brooks enters the history books

  52. Birdie

    Koepka -4 (15)

    So we have had a Daniel Brooks nail a hole in one and another Brooks - Mr Koepka - is on the move with back-to-back birdies. His putt on 15 is medium length - around 15 feet - and dives in the front of the cup after threatening to linger. The American - a hot prospect at 25 - is four under.

    Brooks Koepka
  53. Post update

    Lawrie -8 (17)

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "Superb golf from Dustin Johnson and he definitely looks the man to beat. Paul Lawrie and Danny Willett will have a good go."

    Lawrie finds the green from the tee on the par-four 18th. His putt will need to cross several counties before reaching the hole but still, eagle chance.

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    Martin Turner: Get your wallet out Daniel Brooks - that's an expensive round of drinks in the 19th! Brilliant.

    Clare Richardson: Amazing hole in one by Daniel Brooks!

    Bill Rads: Take. A. Bow. Daniel Brooks.

  55. Garcia going strong

    Sergio Garcia, who finished five-under-par, speaking on BBC Two: "I was very fortunate with that shot at the 17th which hit the flagstick. But the important thing was to take advantage of that with the putt and I did that. The reaction was great, I love the crowds here and have been fortunate to have a lot chances at this championship and feel the warmth of support. It's going to be a long two days. We don't know about the weather but I'm excited and will try to do my best."

  56. Post update

    Day -6 (16), Oosthuizen -7 (16)

    There is your mark then guys - 10 under - so go and get it.

    Louis Oosthuizen

    Can anyone get on par with Dustin Johnson on Saturday night? Louis Oosthuizen may have a go on 17, he punches one from the rough and finds the putting surface. Jason day follows him, both will have putts for birdie but both will have to navigate a vicious uphill ridge and these are outside chances at best.

  57. Birdie

    Spieth (-5 after 18), Matsuyama (-6 after 18), Johnson (-10 after 18)

    A mammoth eagle putt from Jordan Spieth on 18... Decent effort and should be a birdie to finish... It is... Hideki Matsyama just misses a birdie to close, but finishes with a 66 on -6. Super round.

    Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson

    We have an outright leader! Dustin Johnson makes no mistake on the 18th from about four feet. Birdie and up to 10 under. He will be a strong favourite going into the final two rounds.

  58. Post update

    Matsuyama (-6 after 17)

    What a round from Japan's Hideki Matsuyama. He has already hit eight birdies and now has 10 feet for a ninth and to card the lowest score of the second round - a seven-under 65. Dustin Johnson has four feet to take the outright lead on the last.

    Hideki Matsuyama
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    Davey Davey: Take a bow Daniel Brooks! A hole in one at the 11th. Enjoy it my friend, I've done it myself and know exactly how it feels!

    Kieran Clark: There are holes in one.....and then there is a hole-in-one on the 11th of the Old Course. Incredible moment for Daniel Brooks.

    Chloé Goadby: Daniel Brooks just had a hole in one on 11th.. how is that possible?! I struggle to make par on that hole.

  60. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "That's some hole in one from Daniel Brooks. You can't get it in the hole from there - it's against the laws of physics!"

  61. Hole in one!

    Brooks (+4 after 11)

    Flag

    In. The. Hole. England's Daniel Brooks brings the galleries to life as he nails an ace on the par-three 11th. The ball rolled in at some speed mind - he will be thankful for the flag.

    The 28-year-old from Basildon moves up to four over. He probably won't be playing beyond round two but will dine out on the first hole-in-one of the championship for a while.

    Daniel Brooks
  62. Post update

    Johnson (-9 after 17)

    Dustin Johnson misses his birdie on 17... but eagle chance on the last as he drives onto the green. The flag is a long, long way away from his ball though. To get down in two would be a great effort.

    More trouble for Tiger though. Woods has bogeyed 13, 14 and 15 and is eight over. Sad times.

  63. Right in the mix

    Garcia -5 (18)

    Majestic stuff from this man today, how has he not won a major since breaking onto the scene as a young whippersnapper back in 1999?

    Since those early days, where as you can see from the image on the left Garcia cut a lean and mean figure, the Spaniard has managed a remarkable 19 top-10 finishes in major championships.

    Sergio Garcia

    Just three dropped shots over two days and four birdies in his last nine holes have put Sergio in contention.

  64. Bogey

    Spieth (-4 after 17)

    Jordan Spieth with a six-foot par put on 17 .... Head down, crowd silent, a smooth stroke... no. The ball eases past the edge and a bogey. The American's bid for a third major of the year is stalling a little. Only five shots back though.

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    Paolo Brand: Sergiooooo! What a finish by Sergio Garcia. When you hit the flagstick you have to take advantage. He did.

    Steve Bremner: There could be no more worthy a winner this week than Sergio Garcia, who's in a very attacking position with that finish.

  66. Post update

    For anyone watching on BBC One, switch over to BBC Two now. for continued live coverage.

    Leaderboard for Open championship
  67. Westwood home

    Westwood (Even after 18)

    Lee Westwood on the last... It has been a horrible last 40 minutes for the Englishman but from a couple of feet he makes his par and should just about make the cut. He said he thought if he could finish the day on three under he would be in contention...Double bogey, bogey, par was not the finish he wanted.

  68. Post update

    Johnson (-9 after 16)

    Joint leader Dustin Johnson in the long stuff... His lie isn't bad and it is a beauty. He runs the ball around the contours of the green to rest some 12 feet away from the flag. Putt for birdie.

    A peach of a putt for Louis Oosthuizen as he birdies 15 to move back to two behind the leaders at seven under...

  69. Birdie

    Garcia -5 (18)

    Sergio Garcia finishes strongly with a third birdie in the last five to move to five under and well in contention.

    Sergio Garcia

    A poor attempt from 10 feet for Lee Westwood on the last and he has a horrible shortish putt for par to keep himself in the championship...

  70. Battle for Westwood

    Johnson (-9 after 16), Westwood (Evens after 17)

    Dustin Johnson isn't in good shape off the tee on 17. A big hit, as expected, but he plops it in the rough stuff. He will be delighted with a par from here... Lee Westwood drives the green on 18. He needs to get down in three with the back to make the cut... his chip and run runs out of steam and is 10 feet short. Two from there should be enough.

  71. Bubba to miss the cut

    Bubba Watson +3 (18)

    Even a two-time Masters champion can be found out it seems. Links golf is perhaps still something Bubba Watson must get to grips with. His best finish in an Open is tied for 23rd.

    Bubba Watson

    His finish of three over is not going to keep him here for the weekend as the projected cut is at level par.

  72. Birdie

    Garcia -4 (17)

    The 17th - Road Hole - has probably claimed the hopes of Bubba Watson participating this weekend but imagine making birdie on the 495-yard beast?

    This is what it feels like.

    Sergio Garcia

    Sergio Garcia rolls in a testing putt, after a remarkable second that smashed into the flagstick and stopped about eight feet from the hole, and he is back to four under. Seve Ballesteros won the last time we had a Monday finish to the tournament. Another Spaniard?

  73. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at St Andrews

    "Championship medals for persistence in the face of relentless meteorological dismay go to the spectators on the small sloping bank in front of the grandstand by the Road Hole, all of whom arrived early, baggsied their prime slots and have operated a rota system with chums ever since to maintain their pre-eminence. It's been a long 11 hours, and some have spent portions of it asleep, but at last the planning may be paying off."

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    Lee Westwood

    John Harkness: Paul Lawrie is doing what Lee Westwood is struggling to do. Grinding out pars.

  75. Birdie

    Poulter (+3 after 18)

    One player who definitely looks like he is not making the cut is Ian Poulter but at least he should go out in style. He leaves himself a couple of feet for birdie at the last after a sublime approach. He makes it but it won't be enough.

    Charl Schwartzel is also home. A birdie at 18 takes him to five under and just four shots off the leaders.

  76. Bogey

    Westwood (Even after 17)

    Lee Westwood fans look away now. The Englishman bogeys the 17th - after ending his tee shot left - and is back to level par. The projected cut is at that mark and Westwood has one hole to play. Nervy, nervy times.

    Good two putt from Dustin Johnson to save par on 16. It is a struggle out there.

  77. Bogey

    Oosthuizen (-7 after 14)

    No rescue for Louis Oosthuizen this time... The South African drops a shot with a bogey on 14... Joint leader Dustin Johnson leaves himself an eight-footer for par on 16.

  78. Golf fans not been shirty

  79. Nerves of steel

    Lawrie (-8 after 15)

    And that's where it came from. The par-four 15th where Paul Lawrie holes a clutch putt to save par and to stay just one shot off the leaders. Elsewhere on the course Lee Westwood faces a battle for make the cut after dropping to one under with his double o. 16. Level par should see him through but he faces a five-footer for par on 17.

  80. Double bogey

    Schwartzel (-4 after 17)

    Charl Schwartzel

    The players aren't enjoying themselves out there. Charl Schwartzel is the next to do major damage to his card as he doubles the horribly difficult 17th. The South African drops five shots off the lead after missing a short putt for bogey.

    Big cheer from somewhere on the course though...

  81. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Andy Roberts: Amazing interview with Gary Player just shown now, could listen to him for hours.

    Mike Mustard: Cracking Gary Player interview, he could change Tiger Woods' life in a hour!

    Fames Forwell: Interview with Gary Player awesome and inspiring. He loves a big breakfast.

    If you missed the interview with Gary Player we'll have it to view on the website later.

  82. Triple bogey

    Watson (+4 after 17)

    Bubba, Bubba, Bubba. Watson is having a nightmare on 17. His first putt goes roaring past the hole and down the dip. His next attempt, for bogey, just about makes it up the slope but leaves him eight foot for a double. Nope, out the side door and it is a treble. Looks like Bubba's championship is over. Projected cut is level.

  83. Post update

    Johnson (-9 after 15)

    Dustin Johnson on 16. A big boomer. It looks left but he walks away smiling. The joint leader will hope to get back on track after dropping a couple of shots in the last five holes... Louis Oosthuizen is in trouble in a bunker on 14. That won't be easy to get much distance from.

  84. 'Against your entire instincts'

    Jordan Spieth details his views on this morning's abandonment on BBC One: "They were out there testing and felt the ball wasn't moving. From when we were on the range until it was suspended the wind did not change at all. If they felt there wasn't a problem then it may have been unlucky but from our point of view, even when the ball was on the putting green it wasn't at rest.

    "The hardest part is that we are just not used to it. It's gong against your entire instincts. You have to somehow convince yourself to send the ball on different lines. If the wind stops you'll look dumb on some of the short putts.

    "I actually made up a little bit of ground today, Dustin had a bad break. All in all I think I may have got a fortunate break. It is just tough playing a round of golf in over 24 hours."

  85. Who is making the cut?

    Tiger Woods

    Work to do for plenty of those out on course at the moment...

  86. Post update

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    "A disappointing day for golf fans has been a great day for St Andrews's hostelries. A quick wander through the town reveals that 10 hours of solid boozing in lieu of striding the fairways is beginning to take its toll on some. Wait until they find out they're only getting 60% of their ticket money back..."

  87. Double bogey

    Westwood (-1 after 16)

    It is still blowing a hoolie out there. The wind is supposed to die down in the next hour or so but conditions are very, very difficult. Lee Westwood from four foot for bogey on 16... no. A three putt and he drops to one under.

  88. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at St Andrews

    "The interminable delays today (we're on update no. 25 from the R&A, with more likely to follow) have led to the frustrated patrons finding alternative forms of entertainment. There is a penalty shoot-out competition going on behind the grandstand by the first green; others are baiting the omnipresent black crows with crusts of half-eaten sandwiches, while many more have simply chosen to drink their way to happiness in the pop-up bars of the hospitality area or the old stone retreats on Market Street. Did someone say there might be golf to watch?"

  89. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "An 11 hour delay for Louis Oosthuizen and he putts calm as you like! Well done."

  90. Post update

    Oosthuizen (-7 after 13)

    This is the smile of a man who has contemplated a putt for many, many hours.

    Louis Oosthuizen

    Louis Oosthuizen with a six footer for par on 13. The South African's ball had blown down the green after landing near the flag... but he shows nerves of steel to put it in the cup. Paul Lawrie also sinks a testing one to stay on eight under on 13.

  91. Back underway

    Here we go. We are back on. Putts are being lined up, players are setting themselves for tee shots. Sit back and enjoy. We have some golf.

  92. Latest scores

    A reminder of what the leaderboard looks like then and, after almost a day of sitting around and waiting, most probably need one.

    Leaderboard

    England's Danny Willett is sitting pretty at the top and in the clubhouse, having finished his second round, while Dustin Johnson and Paul Lawrie still have some work to do...

    The wind is still strong. How will they cope?

  93. Post update

    The players are all in position. It looks like we are go for 18:00 BST. Hurrah.

  94. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    BBC Sport Golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: Players heading out on to the course. Still very blowy. If they play we will be commentating on BBC 5 Live.

    You can listen and watch online by clicking on the live coverage tab on this page.

  95. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Freddie Cook: Waiting for The Open today has been like the worst Birthday, ever.

    David Reid: Waiting for The Open is like waiting for the school holidays.

    Chris Mitchell: Waiting for The Open today has been like waiting for Scotland to qualify for a football tournament.

    We asked you to finish the sentence - waiting for the The Open today has been like....

  96. How have you filled the day?

    We asked for stories and pictures from how you have filled the time at The Open today. Tweet #bbcgolf or text 81111,

  97. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Damian O Neill: Waiting for The Open today has been like waiting for Suarez to get a lengthy ban again - it'll happen but don't know when.

    Brian Doyle: Waiting for The Open today has been more painful than any marathon I've ever ran; excruciating!

    Joe Golby: Waiting for The Open today has been like waiting at a Greek cash machine.

    We asked you to finish the sentence - waiting for the The Open today has been like....

  98. Post update

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    "Some of the world's press have been in the media tent for knocking on 12 hours now and they are becoming jaded, in that way you become jaded from doing nothing in particular. I just saw a man pour a carton of milk onto his macaroni cheese rather than into his coffee."

    It has been one of those days...

  99. Post update

    There are whispers that the players are now being sent out to the course... We could be on here. Finally. Confirmation will hopefully follow soon.

  100. Life's a beach

    Gary Player , three time Open winner, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "When I came to St Andrews the first time I came by train and I couldn't get in any hotels as they were too expensive, so I slept in the dunes in my waterproofs, but it was a beautiful evening. As I was a farmer I was used to it. They filmed 'Chariots Of Fire' there."

  101. 'Deal with it and move on'

    Oosthuizen (-7 after 12)

    Louis Oosthuizen

    He tells BBC Sport: "It probably shouldn't have started at all. It was heavy and gusty when we started on 12. There was no way the guys could have played the 11th especially."

    Oosthuizen saw his ball on the 13th blow away from within three feet of the hole to now leave what he says will be a tricky eight footer for par when he resumes.

    "I deal with it and move on," he adds. "It could have happened for anyone. It was tough this morning and is still going to be tough out there now. This is probably the wind you want if it's very strong on the back nine as it is coming of the right. It will change lines off the tees, we will have to take some aggressive lines. I just need to hit the ball well."

  102. 'Sitting, eating, drinking'

    Westwood (-3 after 15)

    Lee Westwood on BBC One: "It has been a tricky situation. You can't do much about the wind. If deemed unplayable, it is unplayable. Conditions were borderline this morning, even more so at some points of the course.

    "Everyone would like to get out there. It has been a wasted day. It would be nice to get the second round done. If I finish at three under I would feel I am in contention.

    "How have I spent the day? Sitting, eating, sitting, drinking coffee, eating, sitting, drinking more coffee, sitting..."

  103. Post update

    Some of the players due to go out again this evening have been talking on BBC One...

  104. Post update

    Hazel Irvine

    BBC Sport Presenter

    Some are hopeful...

    "We are looking at getting play under way in about 20 minutes. The wind speeds have diminished and we are looking at gusts of 35mph at the moment. That is going to decrease to 20-25mph and that is playable."

  105. 18:00 start not certain

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "At the moment the R&A are saying its very touch and go, as it's pretty gusty here. They are hoping it will be 18:00 but it's not certain. These gusts are very strong. The officials are holding the wind devices in the air and we'll just have to wait and see."

  106. Post update

  107. 'I do like to be beside the seaside'

    Beach

    Perhaps not the day for a day at the seaside around St Andrews?

    It is looking hopeful for play at 18:00 BST though. The players are slowly coming back out and there is a bit of activity around St Andrews. It could prove a big few hours in deciding the ultimate destination of the Claret Jug. The wind is still going to be a big factor...

  108. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Sam Jackson: Waiting for The Open today has been like waiting for Mario Balotelli to have a decent Premier League game.

    Andy Gould: Waiting for The Open today has been like waiting for England to take a wicket at Lord's.

    Barry Nolan: Waiting for The Open today has been like waiting in a long Post Office queue for the old lady at the front to finish her life story.

    We asked you to finish the sentence - waiting for the The Open today has been like....

  109. Balance, temperament and control

    The problems with playing in the wind

    Andrew Murray

    Former European Tour player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "For me the most difficult thing is maintaining balance when you're buffeted by the wind.  It's difficult to make a complete swing. If you are Jordan Spieth and blessed with a calm temperament then that's great, but if you have a more fiery temperament, you will have found today hard.

    Lee Westwood and Justin Rose are both equipped for the wind and Zach Johnson, who keeps the ball low and probably has the best ball control.  It's difficult to say who is the best."

  110. One man and his... coach

    Danny Willett: Co-leader at -9

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    "There is only one man on the putting green. It's the man right at the top, Danny Willett, who is there with his putting coach and some string and is just going through a few drills."

  111. Measured approach

    Wind

    How's the wind then? Your evening, ladies and gentleman, is in the hands of this little instrument. Less wind equals play. More means more delay. Another announcement is expected soon.

  112. Damage done

    stats

    It really was a horror half hour or so for those players who were made to brave the winds this morning. Just four birdies made from 52 holes completed... How will the wind affect them going back out later? Only time will tell.

  113. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Paul Johnson: Due to lack of golf at The Open we took a drive around the East Neuk. I can confirm they are playing in Elie, St Andrews Bay, Crail and on the Castle Course. Bizarrely it seems the Old Course is the only one in the area that is unplayable.

  114. Game on?

    Get the bunting out, we could at last be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Fifty minutes to go...

  115. Post update

    A twix and a shandy. It just doesn't get cooler...

  116. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    For all those waiting for the golf to start at home, work, St Andrews or anywhere else, finish this sentence. Waiting for #TheOpen today has been like……

    Tweet #bbcgolf or text 81111, don't forget we are also asking for your stories and pictures from the Old Course today.

  117. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Rob in North Wales: Disappointed that The Open will conclude on Monday, the one major of the year when you don't have to worry about a staying up until the early hours of a Sunday morning to watch with work in a Monday. What frustrates me is that they were talking about the severe weather forecasted last week. So why didn't they have a contingency plan in place where the first two rounds? Could have had two tee starts to give everyone a chance of concluding their rounds, and having some room for manoeuvre over the weekend. Apart from all the disruption it now means that myself and many others won't get the chance to watch the final round.

  118. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Eric Walker: Ken proves the 11th is not playable - but why not let them play the front nine? It will be dark before the back nine anyway.

    Denis Harvey: Last group went out before 6pm last night, four hours should be more than enough to get round.

    Andy World:‏ At least the course has dried out now!

    Until tomorrow morning Andy...

  119. Post update

    Frank Nobilo

    Former European Tour golfer on BBC TV

    "The R&A were out there at 05:30 BST this morning trying to see if it was playable. Mother nature did not oblige. In order to maintain the competitive nature of The Open Championship they had a decision to make.

    "Whichever way you look at it they were caught between a rock and a hard place."

  120. Time to practice putting

    Danny Willett: Co-leader at -9

  121. The long wait

    Wind vane

    You have to feel sorry for those golfers who walked off the course just past 07:32 BST. The earliest they will resume their second round is more than 10 hours later... and counting.

    There are still 39 players to finish their round.

  122. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Dave: Please stop displaying tweets, etc slamming the R&A about this. They have many years experience running The Open Championship and know what they are doing. At the end of the day, it is the British weather we are talking about.

    Tony in Suffolk: It is madness to suspend The Open Championship due to wind. That's what links golf is all about. Just because their balls are blowing about in the wind, that's no reason to stop play. It's good to see pro golfers struggle once in a while.

    Seems like people are on both sides of the fence on this one.

  123. Ken tests the wind...

    Much is being made of today's decision to delay... and delay... and delay... play.

    Right or wrong, we see one man and one man only who can adjudicate on the matter.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Ken Brown...

    Ken Brown

    Have a look at this video he has shot on the 11th green and decide for yourselves if you think the course is playable.

  124. Post update

    Mark James

    Former Ryder Cup captain on BBC TV

    "It's a bit of a nightmare really. You want to finish this event and finish as sensibly as possible. I think what the R&A have come up with is going to do that."

    You can watch all the chat on BBC One now and online by clicking on the live coverage tab.

  125. And still we wait...

    More news from the R&A and it doesn't get any better... Play just keeps getting put further and further back. 18:00 BST now... at best.

  126. Ticket details

  127. Post update

    BBC

    Hazel Irvine is back on BBC One and says they are expecting confirmation in the next few minutes that play is set to resume at 17:30 BST. Click on the live coverage tab on this page to view the latest now.

  128. Get Involved

    Four-time winner on the PGA tour Steve Flesch has had his say...

  129. The wait goes on

    The delay goes on... We are now told they hope to resume round two at 17:30 BST. But the next announcement is just 15 minutes away. We will see what that brings.

  130. Monty has hung around

    #bbcgolf

  131. Weather plays its part

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    The crowd at The Open

    "Some news on this year's Open attendances: including practice days, they are currently more than 5000 down on last year at Hoylake, but about 500 up on 2010, the last time the Open was staged at St Andrews. Take practice days out of equation and they're actually a few thousand down from 2010. Then again, weather plays a huge part in these figures."

  132. Golf for a tenner

    A great offer for those who can make it...

  133. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Ian Bradley: Everyone chirping "get on with it". If the balls are continually getting blown around the greens it's impossible, get over it.

    Andrew Priestley: It's easy to criticise the R&A for this decision from your sofa at home, but I'm struggling to stand at the side of the Old Course!

  134. Anyone for a rain dance?

    Tomorrow's forecast

    Sunday's forecast from BBC Weather

    I don't like to mention it... but I will. A glance at tomorrow's weather forecast for St Andrews will send a shudder down the spines of the R&A. Heavy rain for much of the morning? Don't like the sound of that.

    Don't forget it has already been decided that, after heavy winds have halted play during round two, the final round will be played on Monday. Fingers crossed it gets done then...

  135. Back on the range

    Some good news... at last. Looks like we are still on target for a 17:00 BST start...

  136. Post update

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    "There will of course be those that say all this wind and rain added to the injury to Rory McIlroy has been disastrous for golf. They would, at least as it stands, be talking nonsense. Who knows what drama we have in store on the final 18. It's a bit like declaring the 2005 Champions League final a write-off at half-time."

  137. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Wimbledon

    It certainly hasn't been a day that all those thousands of people who travelled to Scotland for today's second round were expecting. Are you one of those who had their hopes of a golf-filled day blown away?

    Let us know how you have spent your day if you are at St Andrews via #bbcgolf or text 81111. How has it affected your plans for the weekend? Please send any pictures of yourselves around and about the course today (if you can hold your phones still in the wind of course).

  138. Hey there Mr Blue Sky

  139. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    David in Edinburgh: Really surprising the wind has become such an issue. At Muirfield in 1987 I remember full blooded drives struggled to reach the cut and prepared! Yes, I agree in certain parts of the draw it can become unfair but golf, and particularly golf at The Open, comes with its foibles. That's why we love it, because it's not sanitised. Get on with it.

  140. Weather forecast

    Fingers crossed then...

  141. Post update

    Thanks Jonathan. What a 32 minutes it was though...

    Hopefully, we will see some golf again at around 17:00 BST but before that any updates, news or just interesting snippets from St Andrews will be posted here as we build up to what will be a very, very interesting finale to round two.

    I wonder how the likes of Dustin Johnson and Paul Lawrie are feeling right now?

  142. Change of host

    Time for a change of host in our commentary box - let's hope that brings a change in the St Andrews weather. Since teeing off this commentary at 07:00 BST, I've seen 32 minutes of golfing action. About the time it usually takes me to card a snowman on a long par five. Thankfully Andy Cryer is here to take over....

  143. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Sam Townshend: This surely proves the biggest competition in golf shouldnt be played on a links course. Completely ruined.

    Adrian Littlejohn: The Open had 36 holes on the final day as standard until 1965. Why not tomorrow?

    Rob North: Winds in Dunfermline seem stronger than they were this morning! Struggle to get much play today at St Andrews methinks.

    Let's hope Rob isn't being the prophet of doom.

  144. Post update

    Flags fly in the wind

    BBC Weather's Laura Gilchrist: "At 2pm the reported maximum gust strength was 43mph, on top of a good steady 35 mph westerly wind. The strongest gust recorded so far today was before midday, reaching very close to 50 mph. Forecast is still for the winds to continue to ease, with gust strength reducing to around 25-30 mph by late afternoon and dropping further still this evening.

    "Tomorrow will start cloudy and wet, with the rain possibly heavy at first, but the winds will be much lighter than they have been so far today. An improvement in the weather is expected late morning and into the afternoon."

  145. Post update

    To play or not to play. That is the question. And opinion seems to be split depending on your favourite communication method. Our Tweeters below are taking a hardball stance, while those who are sticking to the good old SMS are a more sympathetic bunch.

    Here is a voice of reason. A voice of calm. A voice of meteorology mastery....

  146. Quacking commentary...

  147. Weather update

    No play until 17:00 BST

    I've been the bearer of bad news all day - so I might as well continue as my shift ticks into the final hour. There will not be any golf at St Andrews until at least 17:00 BST.

    "Wind speeds have still not dropped to acceptable levels, and the intention is to resume play at 5pm. A further update will be issued at 4pm," tweets the R&A.

  148. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Tim Crowther: Is this REALLY any worse than the conditions for round three at Muirfield in 2002? Pampered American syndrome?

    Chris: Get on with it, deal with it, toughen up, wind is part of the game.

    Jason Brant: Have we always adhered to this 40mph "rule"? I swear I've seen The Open played in conditions as bad as this.

  149. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Nick Hough in Scotland: R&A had no choice really - no way to catch up time with double greens and 'set back' tees on that thin strip of history! Good job I always holiday at this time of year, sorry for others that will miss the finale.

  150. Post update

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    In 1988, day three was completely abandoned. All the scores recorded were expunged and they started from scratch on the Sunday morning. And there was one great hard luck tale.

    Hubert Green, the former US Open and US PGA winner, had shot up the course, with five birdies in seven holes, including 3s on all the first five.

    Hubert Green

    Play was then suspended at 12:20 BST and, three hours later, his efforts were officially scratched.

    "It's not the end of the world," he said. "It's a game called golf. I'm not complaining. Life's been good to me."

  151. Post update

    So, as we know, The Open will be finished on a Monday for only the second time in its 155-year history.

    But, our colleague Ged Scott tells us, there is one key difference from Seve Ballesteros's 1988 win at Lytham.....

  152. Get involved

    #bbcgolf

  153. One legend hails another

  154. Poulter lifts spirits at St Andrews

  155. Post update

    Excellent stuff Vic! Obviously as an impartial BBC employee I couldn't possibly comment on whether I agree with your thoughts or not. But I admire your enthusiasm and passion. And the fact you've spent about £2:50 on that lengthy text message. Cheers!

  156. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Vic: Jordan Spieth needs to get over himself after saying play shouldn't have started. Some players went out there and birdied their holes, Eddie Pepperell did, I'm pretty sure the amateur Romain Langasque did too. Maybe Jordan should have set his desk fan to maximum speed when he was on that simulator of his. I did my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in St Andrews, five years in total and played in university ladies golf matches in much worse conditions. In November!! Do you know how cold it gets in November? Then add the wind chill factor and well let's just say I have little sympathy for these guys. I know the university second team annual match against St Rule's isn't quite on a par with The Open but in my tenure as that captain it meant a lot to us, and we'd play whatever the weather! Ask any local and they'll tell you, truthfully, that they've played in worse.

  157. Post update

    "Are these top players too pampered?" I mused earlier on. I didn't bank on this passionate text from Vic, a golfing former St Andrews student...

    Warning: She gives Jordan Spieth a hammering.

  158. Post update

    Austria's Wiesberger managed to finish his second round yesterday, carding a 72 to stay level after 36 holes.

  159. Get involved

    #bbcgolf

  160. First Monday finish since 1988

    The Open to conclude on Monday

    Set up an 'appointment' or throw a sickie. You don't want to be in work on Monday. For only the second time in the tournament's history, the Open Championship's final round will conclude on a Monday. The other time? Royal Lytham, 1988. The winner? This great man...

    Seve Ballesteros
  161. Weather update

    Play expected to resume at 16:00 BST

    Tournament bosses were hoping that we would see action at 15:00 BST - that's now been put back to 16:00.

    "The forecasts predict a drop in wind speeds between 3 and 4pm. Play is expected to resume at 4pm, providing acceptable wind speeds," say the R&A.

    We've waited for six hours already, so what's another one?

  162. BreakingBreaking news

    The Open to conclude on Monday

    As we expected, the 144th Open will have to be concluded on Monday because of the weather-delayed second and third rounds.

    "The intention is to complete the second round today with round three to be played on Sunday and the final round to be played on Monday," say the R&A.

  163. Post update

    All over on BBC One. And I'm going to join them in taking a break. Time to see what the BBC canteen has to offer....

    As you know, there is not going to be any play before 15:00 BST - at least. The R&A will provide a further update around 14:00, so until then pop to the shops, finish cleaning the bathroom or watch our live coverage of the Davis Cup tennis tie between Great Britain and France.

    I'm going for the latter. See you in a short while...

  164. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "You can see the TV tower moving. It wouldn't have to blow much stronger for them to have to clear the whole place."

  165. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Edward Tyler: Why don't you use wind breaks when putting? Could you still play if the balls didn't move on the green?

    Aidan Place: Oh no! No play till 3pm? The Mrs will make me shop!

    Thig Ar Latha: Is it any surprise St Andrews is windy, it's a haven for kite surfing. Maybe the guys should head down to the beach.

  166. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    Peter Alliss

    "It is so disappointing, so many things go into it. When something happens like this it shows the power of mother nature.

    "I was listening to them talking earlier, obviously they are not going to get it finished today but do they get the third round started? I think they will try and get the second round finished tonight, play the third tomorrow and wait to finish it on Monday."

  167. Still windy but sunny

    No play until at least 15:00 BST

  168. Post update

  169. Anyone for rugby?

  170. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Doug Ogilvie in Carnoustie: I still remember as a eight-year-old when Tom Watson won the 1975 18-hole play-off final on day five with Jack Newton.

    Jon: There may be no play today, but just watched the Tom Watson interview and tribute with shots of him finishing last night...what a man, the Jedi of golf, eyes may not have been as dry as they were before.

  171. Fond farewell for Faldo

    Nick Faldo

    Along with Tom Watson, we saw another golfing great wave a fond farewell yesterday. England's Nick Faldo, the three-time champion, said his goodbyes to the Open Championship.

    Sporting the same pastel yellow jumper he wore in his first Claret Jug win back in 1987, Faldo birdied the famous Road Hole before standing atop the Swilcan Bridge to acknowledge the applause from the packed galleries.

    Our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce watched Faldo depart the Open for the last time and wrote this excellent piece.

  172. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Catherine: I can understand the frustration but no player complained when the draw was to their advantage. That's Scottish weather I'm afraid.

    Neil: Funny how some of the more vocal whingers teed off on Thursday in near perfect conditions and smiled all the way to sub par.

    Stuart Mcgregor: Personally, I'm looking forward to a Monday finish. I have to work all weekend!

  173. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "If he had holed that putt it would have been one of the greatest sporting stories."

    Tom Watson had a putt to win his sixth career Open in 2009 at Turnberry, aged 59. He missed and lost a play-off.

  174. Watson waves goodbye

    Tom Watson

    A poignant moment happened at St Andrews last night. In the disappearing light of Friday, six minutes before 10pm, Tom Watson struck his final putt in The Open Championship.

    After 40 years, 130 rounds and five Claret Jugs, the great man holed-out for the final time in a championship that will be synonymous with his name.

    Our man Tom English watched, listened and captured this moment beautifully. Make sure you spend five minutes reading his wonderful account.

  175. Latest scores

    It has been that long since I've seen any live golf that I've forgotten what has happened at St Andrews. Here's a quick reminder of how things stand...

    Leaderboard

    Only 45 minutes of golf might have been played this morning, but it did include a significant moment. Overnight leader Dustin Johnson dropped a shot on the 14th - after duffing his opening chip - moving him back level with England's Danny Willett on nine under.

    And Australia's Jason Day bogeyed both holes he completed to drop from eight under to six under.

  176. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Jamie Smyth: Hoping for a Monday finish but the way this is going though I can see it sneaking into a Tuesday.

    Lewis Greenall: Golf delayed due to wind = more effective exam revision.

    Lord Andy: Those of us in Fife believe summer is a story that the English have made up to make us miserable.

  177. Not again?

    The Open

    Officials will be desperate to finish the championship on Sunday evening but, with some players still to finish the second round, the R&A is facing a logistical nightmare. Heavy rain on the Saturday back in 1988 forced a Monday finish for the first and only time...

  178. Post update

    Frank Nobilo

    Former European Tour golfer on BBC TV

    "The earliest they will be able to get the second round finished looks to be around 5pm or 6pm. I am sure the R&A are looking at all options, including maybe using a two-tee start for the third round, which would be unheard of at an Open."

  179. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Derek in Sunbury: They should be playing. Who wants a Monday finish?

  180. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    Dustin Johnson

    On the decision to start play this morning: "It is one of those things, they have to get play finished but the wind picked up. As a player you will be disappointed it happened to you.

    "The players think it is unfair because they were throwing strokes away. Golf is never meant to be fair. But if I was one of those players I would be steaming."

  181. Playing is impossible

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    "A lot of frustration among the players. The problem is that when the ball starts moving on the greens it becomes a problem.  Dustin Johnson dropped a shot this morning because he couldn't get to his ball to mark it before it moved."

  182. Blame it on the weatherman

    No play before 15:00 BST

    Greg 'The Weatherman' Wolberson looks a bit weary. The man from the Met Office is holed up in his St Andrews bunker, everyone wanting a piece of him.

    He tells BBC Sport's Dan Walker that the players won't be sent out again until the gusts drop to an acceptable level.

    "Will they drop to 20mph?" asks our man. "That's a bit optimistic," comes the curt reply. Then he offers hope: "But it is easing."

  183. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Floyd Kelly-Lord: Might it be worth reducing the tournament to 54 holes?

    Martin Burke: Looks like we're heading for a Monday finish. I hope the R&A use some common sense and allow free entry.

    Chris Stockdale: I should've put a bet on Tiger playing the weekend - this was the only way he was gonna make Saturday with the way he is playing!

  184. What happens next?

    David Rickman, the R&A head of rules, on BBC One: Might The Open go into Monday? "Nothing has been ruled out. We need to see where we get to with round two and once we have got that finished, we will have a better idea of how the rest of the weekend will pan out. The forecast is consistently predicting we will not be able to start prior to 3pm - that is the best case scenario. There will be a further review at 2pm.

    "We have to finish the second round - the first priority. As we wait for the wind to abate we are looking at all of the options and that changes hour by hour.

    On the frustration of the players starting early this morning: "I understand that. We went out to the seventh and 11th green from 6am, monitoring wind speeds, looking at the ball on the greens. While it was challenging, we were not seeing any particular problems before play started.

    "What happed was we did see an increase in gust speed from high 30s into the 40s - that was the tipping point. Sadly we had to stop not long after we started."

  185. Play suspended

    No play before 15:00 BST

    A Monday finish for the 144th Open Championship is a possibility, says the R&A's rule enforcer David Rickman on BBC One. I'd say it is a probability....

  186. Get involved

    #bbcgolf or text 81111

    You can feast your eyes on the television coverage for the next 45 minutes or so, allowing us to provide you with a summary of the wise words of expert summarisers Frank Nobilo and Mark James.

    Feel free to ping your thoughts over too. Were the R&A right to start play earlier this morning? Or are the players whinging too much? Tell us using #bbcgolf on Twitter or texting 81111.

  187. Play suspended

    No play before 15:00 BST

    BBC

    St Andrews is pretty desolate at the moment. But that isn't stopping our television colleagues. Hazel Irvine and the gang are back live on BBC One to talk us through what hasn't happened over the past few hours. Click the glitzy 'Live Coverage' tab on this page to watch - without leaving us.

  188. 'Difficult to stand up'

    No play until at least 15:00 BST

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    “I think people at home are probably thinking, it’s just a little wind, why aren’t they playing?  Well I have just been out on the beach by the side of the course and it’s difficult to even stand up. There are little sand storms.”

  189. Post update

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    If you were not au fait with the weather on the Scottish east coast and you had a tee time booked for this morning, you might have woken up, looked out of the window and thought: 'Lovely stuff, I might shoot a half-decent score.' But once you're in any way exposed, the sudden gusts bring you to heel and make you stand to attention. A strange day indeed so far.

  190. Weather update

    No play before 15:00 BST

    "Forecasts we are receiving show that no golf will be possible before 3pm," says the R&A. "Our intention is to commence play as soon as possible after that."

  191. Weather update

    Drum roll please. We have some news....

  192. Weather update

    Hel-looo? Anyone still there? Excellent. Another update has been sent our way by the R&A....there still has been no reduction in the strength of the wind. Keep twiddling those thumbs....

  193. Post update

    They've drank coffee. They've played the Sausage Sandwich Game (possibly). And they've tweeted a lot. I think Messrs Poulter, Westwood and Clarke are pretty bored in the clubhouse...

  194. High winds

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    “The winds have still not dropped.  As some of the players, including Jordan Spieth have complained about being putting out earlier in high winds, the officials will only put players out there when they are sure the winds won’t pick up.  I think we are in for a long wait.”

  195. Post update

    The Open

    Great use of the emoji from Ken. He's down with the kids.

  196. Weather update

    No play expected before 12:00 BST

    News just in from the R&A... there has been no reduction in the strength of the St Andrews wind. Another update at 11:00 BST....

  197. Post update

    Great use of the emoji from Ken. He's down with the kids.

  198. Play suspended

    No play expected before 12:00 BST

    Lee Westwood is tweeting like he is a fork in a world of soup. Very angry. However, the Englishman seems a little chirpier as he sits around in the St Andrews clubhouse, possibly playing the 'Sausage Sandwich Game' as championed by BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Baker. Red sauce? Brown sauce? Or no sauce? Darren Clarke seems to be a fan of the second option, we discover.

    How do we know? Because Westwood and Clarke are sat around a table being filmed by European Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter. And he is streaming the video on social networking site Periscope. So that means you can pass the time by watching three golfers pass the time. It is more fun than you think, honestly...

  199. Post update

  200. Post update

    While Hazel is crossing her fingers for some teeing-off action about lunchtime, her colleague Dan Walker is less optimistic...

  201. Weather update

    **Weather update klaxon**

    Sort of. We're hearing the 10:00 BST update is that there is no update. Presenter Hazel Irvine briefly appears on BBC1 telling us that she hopes to return to our screens about 12:10 BST with the added bonus of some live play. Hmmm, she's an optimistic one is our Hazel...

  202. Westy not happy

    Play suspended because of high winds

    Lee Westwood might be grinning away in his Twitter profile picture, but the man behind the social media account is far from happy as he sits in the St Andrews clubhouse...

  203. Post update

    So that means I'm going to disappear again for a while. Make a brew, read the papers, eat some breakfast - you know, the stuff that you would usually do on a Saturday morning when you're not playing golf. Or when you're sat in the clubhouse twiddling your thumbs waiting to play golf. When we get updates, you will get updates. Sithee inabit....

  204. Post update

  205. Post update

    Unfortunately Alan, I've not even had time to devour that beautiful bacon buttie. And now it is cold.

    That's because we have been busy piecing together criticism from the players of the decision to start, the R&A's response and the weather forecast. Oh, and we've dug out a wonderful nostalgic picture of the great man Seve Ballesteros.

    Click the link above to read what all the main protagonists have had to say. The latest noise coming from St Andrews is that we are not likely to see any play before 11am.

  206. Post update

  207. Post update

    Whether or not we will get to see some action at St Andrews within the next few hours remains to be seen. Gusts of up to 40mph have been predicted to last until about 4pm. Monday finish? That's a possibility.

    With barely a soul on the Old Course, there is little left to do other than wait. And hope. So we're going to pop off for a bacon buttie and return about 10:00 BST. Catch you shortly....

  208. Post update

  209. Post update

    Pop out for your breakfast, take the kids to football, catch another couple of hours' kip. Presenter Hazel Irvine tells us that there will be no more play until at least 10am...

  210. Post update