The opening round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews was virtually windless. It resulted to a record tying 9-under par 63 performance from first day leader Rory McIlroy. Several other players broke par on the first day as St. Andrews seemed protected from the winds by a dome.
The second round is a totally different story as wind and rains forced momentary stoppage and most players hardly breaking par. A day after a sizzling round, McIlroy struggled with drives to the rough and out of control putts. He shot an 8-over par 80 that pushed him eleven shots behind new leader Louis Oosthuizen. The South African Oosthuizen had it easier as he shot a 5-under 76 for a two-day total of 12-under par 132.
The rest of the field suffered as winds reached 40 miles per hour. Even world number one Tiger Woods was not spared by the weather conditions as he fumbled with a second round score of 1-over par 73. Woods is currently eight shots off the leader with a second round total of 4-under par 140.
Halfway through the British Open and with conditions being unpredictable, we will never know who will eventually capture the claret jug until Sunday.