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Johnson has another chance at a Major as Open is extended

| 19.07.2015

The Open Championship will finish on a Monday for the first time since 1988, after play was suspended for a second day in a row at St Andrews.

Play only resumed for 32 minutes on Saturday after Friday’s action was called off due to waterlogged conditions. High winds were causing the problems this time around and, with golf balls being blown around the greens, play halted for over 10 hours.

The backlog in play means an extra day will be needed to complete the tournament, with the third round taking place on Sunday.

Conditions seem to have eased for what should have been the event’s curtain call, as David Duval has made an early charge up the leaderboard, with Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk not far behind.

Those low scores – Duval had shot a round of six under through 14 holes at the time of writing – should please the leaders.

Yet again, Dustin Johnson finds himself at the sharp end of a Major tournament, holding the halfway lead at 10-under-par.

Ladbrokes make the big-hitting American a 2/1 favourite to win, but having blown up from these positions with worrying regularity in the past, it may be worth looking elsewhere.

Adam Scott trails Johnson at 7/1 and sits three shots back in the leaderboard, while a group of four players – including Major man-of-the-moment Jordan Spieth, sit just below that at 12s.

Spieth, who was among the harshest critics of the decision to restart early on Saturday, is some way off the pace at -5, but finds himself priced up with the same chance as Englishman Danny Willett, just one shot off Johnson’s lead.

Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen are the other men at 12/1, both of whom recorded a two-round-score of seven-under-par.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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