Awful, wet conditions at the start of round two, meant that play was pushed back three hours or more on Friday. With players still out on the course as the clock moved towards 10:00pm, there was little chance the second was going to be concluded.
Some big names were left having to come out at 7:00am on Saturday morning to complete their round, including leader Dustin Johnson, Paul Lawrie, Jordan Spieth and Louis Oosthuizen.
However, with little over 30 minutes of golf played, the tournament was suspended once again, this time due to high winds. It proved to be a frustrating time on the course for Dustin Johnson, who dropped a shot on the 14th, to drop him back to nine under par, level with clubhouse leader Danny Willett. As play was suspended, Jordan Spieth vented his frustration of having to come out and play at all.
With conditions unlikely to improve for some time, the players attempting to catch Willett at the top of the leaderboard are going to be in for a hard time. The Englishman can afford to sit back and recharge the batteries cleveressay.co.uk somewhat, before coming out to play his third round. Willett is also likely to be in the last group going out and by then, depending on conditions, could have an outright lead. Currently priced at 12/1 to win the 2015 Open, Willett could be worth backing. Indeed, Willett is also priced at 13/8 with Betfred, to finish in the top five.
Although conditions are going to be against him, Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, should not be ignored. The America was 8 shots off the lead at one stage during the John Deere Classic but went on to win the tournament. Spieth has an ability to stay in contention, even if things are not going his way and is currently 12/1 with Bet365 to win this year’s Open.
However, it’s those players who have finished their second round, who really have the advantage here. Adam Scott carded a fine five under par 67 on Friday and is ideally placed to make a challenge. Having finished T9 at the Open last year, the Australian has really hit his stride on the Old Course and is in a great position to attack in the third round. Betway have Scott priced at 7/1 to win the tournament.
Also in the group just behind the leaders, is home favourite Marc Warren. The Scot finished fourth at Aberdeen last week and continued that form at St. Andrews, carding scores of 68 and 69, to leave him T4 for the tournament. Warren is currently 15/4 with Betfair, to finish inside the top five for the second week running.
Adam Scott to win 7/1 (Betway)
Marc Warren to finish in top five 15/4 (Betfair)