Willett takes clubhouse lead at St Andrews


Danny Willett has taken the clubhouse lead midway through the second round of the 2015 Open, having shot 69, three under par, to give the Yorkshireman a 36-hole total of 135, nine under par.

Willett is tied with Dustin Johnson at the time of writing, while the American waits for the winds to die down at St Andrews this afternoon, so he and 41 other players can complete the second round.

“Two really solid rounds of golf,” said Willet, 27, after his round yesterday. “Some really good, solid shots on the back nine is what’s done it, without putting ourselves in too much trouble and under too much stress.”

“The Old Course kind of suits a fader. You kind of hit it to the middle of the golf course and fade it back down your fairway. Ball flight control I’ve done pretty good around links golf courses throughout my career.”

Willett now has a day off, with the R&A confirming that the third round will be played on Sunday, with the final round delayed until Monday. Willett can relax and watch when the day’s late starters continue their chase.

A golfer from Yorkshire has never won the Open, so Willett might not find the anticipation of the delayed third round as relaxing as he would like.

“It’s a childhood dream [to lead The Open],” said Willett, a former amateur world number one. “Looking up to the leaderboard is still a little bit surreal, but something I am going to have to get used to, otherwise there is no point being up there.”

And just in case he gets ahead of himself, Willett’s mum Elizabeth texted him after his round: “Well done,” she said, “You’ve made the cut’”.

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