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Young Irishman takes Open lead into second round

 John Daly of the U.S. chips onto the 10th green during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland...
 Tiger Woods of the U.S. crouches over his ball on the 14th fairway during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at ...
 Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy watches his third tee shot during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andr...
 Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa on the 18th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Sco...

British Open Golf

John Daly of the U.S. chips onto the 10th green during the first day of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland...

APTOPIX British Open Golf

Tiger Woods of the U.S. crouches over his ball on the 14th fairway during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at ...

APTOPIX British Open Golf

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy watches his third tee shot during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andr...

British Open Golf

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa on the 18th green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Sco...

Trying to catch Rory McIlroy and his record-tying 63 on Friday at the British Open was proving difficult as heavy rain hampered play for the early starters.
In a cruel tease, they arrived at the Old Course to a blue sky that stretched over St. Andrews Bay. Within an hour, clouds moved and it was raining harder than it ever did in the opening round.
McIlroy was warm and dry in his hotel, not teeing off in the second round until much later in the afternoon.
Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, who opened with a 7-under 65 in the tougher afternoon, was bundled up in rain gear and holding steady with four pars at the start of his round, and a birdie at the fifth to get within one stroke of the lead.
Vijay Singh birdied the second hole to reach 5-under par.
These conditions are foreign to McIlroy, who was in the morning wave that played in calm conditions. No one took advantage quite like the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland on Thursday, who became just the 22nd player to shoot 63 in a major championship.
Phil Mickelson, who made only one birdie in his round of 73, also was to tee off Friday morning with hopes of getting back into the mix, or at least avoid missing the cut.


Updated : 2021-08-04 20:28 GMT+08:00