Aussies blown away in second round of British Open
STRONG winds have wreaked havoc with the Australian contingent during the second round of the British Open.
Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Aaron Baddeley and Andrew Dodt all started the day just four shots off the leaders, but after a brutal day at Royal Birkdale, Scott was the best-placed Aussie at three-over - nine shots off the lead.
American Jordan Spieth - who shared the lead after round one - is now the outright leader at six-under after a one-under round of 69 in the second round.
Players had to contend with wind gusts of almost 50km/h and a torrential downpour that caused a 25-minute rain delay.
"It was just difficult. I don't know how else to assess it," Scott said.
"Tough winds for this golf course, too. I know it's allowed to blow a lot around here but, out of the southeast, it made some angles pretty tough, fairways tough to hit.
"It was really challenging out there."
Dodt was the next-best Aussie behind Scott at four-over, with Day, Leishman, Baddeley and fellow countryman Scott Hend a further shot back. All six have survived the cut, which was at five-over.
With a round of 69, Spieth moved to six-under-par and opened a gap of two strokes over Matt Kuchar, with Ian Poulter and Brooks Koepka a further shot back.
"I'd be lying if I didn't say I'll be feeling plenty of nerves heading into the weekend" Spieth said.
"But this is what we want to feel. It's what you expect any time you're in the last group in a major."