• Round 3 moved back to Sunday after long delays for rain and wind
  • Dustin Johnson leads the tournament on -10, Danny Willett one shot back
  • Jordan Spieth, targeting a Grand Slam, is on -5 with two rounds left

Jack Bezants for MailOnline

Welcome to our live coverage of the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews – the Home of Golf.

With a large part of Saturday lost to extreme winds on the Old Course at St Andrews, the tournament is a day behind schedule.

When play resumed on Friday, Dustin Johnson seized the lead by a shot over England’s Danny Willett and the man from the United States looks the player to beat. 

But Willett completed his second round on Friday and had a day of rest on Saturday because of the weather. How much will that benefit him in round three? 

Elsewhere, Jordan Spieth is in the mix on -5 but the 21-year-old has plenty to do on the Old Course to reduce the gap. It promises to be a fascinating day at St Andrews, so stay with us for live updates, all the best pictures and insight from Sportsmail’s reporters in Scotland.

Dustin Johnson leads The Open at St Andrews with a score of -10 after two rounds on the Old Course

Dustin Johnson leads The Open at St Andrews with a score of -10 after two rounds on the Old Course

  • Jack Bezants

    Host commentator

No sooner as he drops a shot, G-Mac wrestles it back in a round that is unravelling as a fascinating tussle between the golfer and the course.

He rolls in a birdie on 11 with a determined putt. Once again, the Northern Irishman responds excellently after dropping a shot. 

G-Mac has bogeyed 10 and drops back to -3. Hunter Mahan and Graham DeLaet are on the same score having gone out early this morning.

David Duval cards birdie number six on the 13th hole and takes his score to -5.

Henrik Stenson and Jamie Donaldson have teed off together. The Europe Ryder Cup team-mates comprise a fascinating group.

Welshman Donaldson is -1 but a birdie on the second has taken Stenson to -2. The Swede is another to keep an eye today.

Henrik Stenson signs autrographs ahead of the third round at St Andrews

It has been a phenomenal front nine from Graeme McDowell, even with his double-bogey on six. 

The Northern Irishman has made his sixth birdie of the day on the ninth hole and makes the turn in 32 shots, -4 for the round and the tournament. 

If he had avoided the six on the par-four sixth hole, he would be tied 10th already. As it is, he is tied 21st.

The back nine is a different kettle of fish here on the Old Course but G-Mac will tackle it with his confidence soaring and the cool conditions on his side.

Watch this space.

Graeme McDowell has made the turn in 32 shots and is -4 for the tournament

Like G-Mac, a dropped shot is met by an instant answer back by Duval. A bogey on 10 is followed by a birdie on 11 and he returns to -4.

Graeme McDowell pars the eighth while Graham DeLaet of Canada has joined him on -3 after playing seven holes.

Graham DeLaet of Canada has reached -3 after only seven holes

Duval makes bogey on 10, taking up five but he still is on -3 for the day and the tournament, alongside McDowell.

Hopefully just a glitch for McDowell on the sixth. It certainly hasn’t ruined his confidence because he has hit back with birdie on seven and recovers to -3. 

Lee Westwood, meanwhile, has made the turn on 34 and is -2.

Huge dent into the momentum of Graeme McDowell. He was flying through the first five holes, making four birdies to jump 40 places but has just taken up six on the sixth. Double-bogey and he drops two shots and falls back to -2.

Duval goes out in -4 for the front nine. There are scores to be made out there, as he and G-Mac are showing.

David Duval of the United States is -4 for his round and the tournament after nine holes in round three

He is a shot behind Dustin Johnson and appears to be relishing his place high up the leaderboard.

This is brilliant from Graeme McDowell, who is tearing up the Old Course. Birdie number four has duly followed the third and it has arrived in only his fifth hole.

He has jumped 40 places already today and is up to 21st. 

He’s on the march! He’s nailed birdie number three on the par-3 fifth. McDowell will have known when he stood on the first tee that the weather will help the early starters and the Northern Irishman has burst out of the traps this morning.

He is up to 36th already, how much further can he surge up the standings? David Duval has also got to -3 after starting at level par. The American is through seven holes.

Graeme McDowell has made three birdies in his first four holes

Really good start, this, from Graeme McDowell. He gets in position on three and confidently dispatches the putt for birdie. -2 for the tournament, -2 for the day and only three holes played. 

There are some big names off early today at St Andrews, which is a pleasant reward for the fans who have made it over early to the Old Course.

Hunter Mahan is the latest to take advantage of the defenceless first hole in these conditions to open with a birdie. Lee Westwood is still level par through four.

Great start for G-Mac. Birdie at the first will settle any nerves and get some confidence pumping through the veins. It is a little drizzly at the Old Course but hardly a breath of wind. Good conditions to take advantage of.

Ernie Els and David Duval have also birdied that hole early on in round three.

Graeme McDowell has stared his third round with a birdie and is now -1

Graeme McDowell hasn’t hit the heights he would have been aiming for when he arrived at St Andrews. After two rounds he is also even par and is out with Ross Fisher for round three. Can the Northern Irishman get something going to propel himself up the leaderboard? 

He is a great player to watch on form.

Lee Westwood, on level par for the tournament, has opened with a par on the first hole.

The former World No 1 was one of the players whose round was derailed a little bit by the lengthy break on Saturday.

When he resumed on Saturday he was -2 for his round and -3 for the tournament. But a double-bogey 6 on 16, followed by a bogey on the roadhole, a par four, sent him tumbling back to level par and scrapping to make the cut on 18.

But Westy is here for the final tow rounds, and he will be determined to make amends and rise up the standings.

Lee Westwood toiled when the second round restarted on Saturday

Scott Arnold of Australia and David Duval of the United States have started round three. Both are on even par. 

Our man in the lead at the midway point of the competition is Dustin Johnson and he looks in fine fettle with half of the tournament still to play. 

The American is -10 and leads England’s Danny Willet by a shot. But the 27-year-old had Saturday off. He was lucky enough to complete his second round on Friday and as the winds howled across Fife, Willett relaxed with some putting practice. 

He’ll certainly be a little fresher than Johnson, but will it show?

Dustin Johnson greets supporters on 18th green after finishing his second round

We are, of course, only on the cusp of round three at the third major of the year because of monumental weather disruption. First, on Friday the rain poured and flooded parts of St Andrews and then on Saturday, winds of 45mph left exposed parts of the course unplayable. 10 hours and 28 minutes after play was stopped, the players took to the Old Course to complete round 2.

 

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