Willett running clear at British Open

In scenes reminiscent of five years ago, Englishman Danny Willett has taken advantage of conditions to streak clear early in the second round of the British Open at St Andrews.

Just like South African Louis Oosthuizen did in 2010, Willett took advantage of his side of the draw to rush out to 10 under par for the championship through 13 holes of round two on Friday.

After earlier rain caused a lengthy delay in play, Willett came out in dryer conditions and with heavy winds forecast late in the day, players out early are trying to make hay while the sun half shines.

Willett posted four birdies in his opening 10 to be three clear of a pair of American Johnsons.

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson is tied with 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson for second at seven under the card.

Zach has played 13 holes of round two, while Dustin is not due out until 5:48pm local time.

Local Scottish hope Marc Warren has moved to six under through 14 holes to join countryman Paul Lawrie, Australian Jason Day, American Robert Streb and South African Retief Goosen, all of whom are yet to get underway.

Steven Bowditch is the best of the Australians to have started round two, moving to five under overall through 16 holes.

Overnight downpours flooded the Old Course at St Andrews, but, after a near three-and a-half-hour delay, play resumed in dry and breezy conditions.

Groundskeepers were forced to sweep tonnes of standing water on the opening hole into the famous Swilcan Burn as the home of golf was bucketed with rain and high winds making play impossible.

Puddles formed elsewhere on the historic links, including the famous valley of sin in front of the 18th green.

Chasing the fabled grand slam, Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth is five shots adrift after signing for a five-under 67 on Thursday.

While the second round is unlikely to conclude on time, several big names will have work to do to make the top 70 and ties to make the cut.

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods needs to come out late and score low to have any chance after a 76 on Thursday, while major winners Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Keegan Bradley and Tom Watson are among those in need of help.

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