Danny Willett raises English hopes at The Open

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We may not even be half-way into The Open Championship this year, but it seems that the English fans have a player to get excited about in Danny Willett.

The 27-year-old from Sheffield has so far streaked to the top of the leaderboard after two fine rounds of golf. On the first day he carded 66 for a six-under-par and today he has followed that up with a 69 in difficult conditions. 

Other British contenders include Marc Warren and Paul Lawrie of Scotland, who were in the clubhouse at seven-under and six-under respectively.


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While Rory McIlroy last year became the second Northern Irishman to win The Open in four years after Darren Clarke in 2011, there has not been an English winner since Nick Faldo in 1992. Meanwhile, Paul Lawrie was the last Scottish winner in 1999.

Delayed play

Early into the second morning there was a prolonged break of over three hours due to heavy rainfall, which delayed many tee-times until late into the afternoon.

On top of this, St Andrews displayed typically strong winds to provide the players with an extra obstacle on the back nine.

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