Dustin Johnson Leads Rainy Open
American Dustin Johnson is the leader in a rain-soaked clubhouse at The Open Championship, although he and most of the players atop the leaderboard will be back on course early Saturday morning to conclude an interrupted second round.
Johnson is 10-under through 13 holes, having fired a 3-under so far in his second round, which was delayed nearly three hours by rain and flooding, than suspended by darkness.
Three of the top four players on the current leaderboard have not finished their second round.
Johnson was feeling it early, with three birdies in a four-hole span to sit 3-under through seven. He was 4-under after a birdie on 10, but gave it back with a bogey on 11, his first of the tournament.
He holds a 1-stroke leader over England’s Dnany Willet, who did finish his round with a 69, putting him at 9-under.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and Australia’s Jason Day are tied for third at 8-under; both men are 2-under through Friday play with Lawrie having completed 12 holes and Day 11.
Saturday is 16 years to the day since the 46-year-old Lawrie won the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. He hasn’t won a tournament since 2012, and a Scot hasn’t won The Open since then.
World No. 2 Jordan Spieth has slid back to a tie for 15th through 13 holes with an even-par score on the day. Struggling for consistency, Spieth closed the front nine with a stretch of bogey, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie, and added another bogey on 11.
The low round of the day so far belongs to Hideki Matsuyama, who is 6-under through 14, putting him tied for 10th. Matsuyama birdied his first four holes in a row and was 6-under at the turn. He got to 7-under through 10 before bogeying 11 and 12.
Russell Henley finished 6-under for the day and is tied for 20th. Tom Watson, in his last Open, shot an 8-over 80 to finish at 12-over, while Sir Nick Faldo, also hanging up, went out in style with a 1-under 71.