But the one player in round two who apparently thought he was still playing an easy golf course was South African Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen, who shot a 67, went out early before the winds really picked up.
First round leader Rory McIlroy had a disastrous day, shooting an 80 on Friday after his first round record-tying score of 63.
The winds picked up so much that play was suspended for an hour at 1400BST. Because of the delay everyone did not finish on Friday, and about 30 players will have to finish up their second rounds this morning.
Oosthuizen leads at 12 under, five shots ahead of past British Open champion and senior golfer Mark Calcavecchia, who is seven under. A group of four golfers at six under includes Paul Casey and Lee Westwood.
Westwood, playing with a ruptured muscle in his right calf, played well again, shooting a 71 to follow up his 67.
Tiger Woods shot a one over 73 and is contention at four under, in a tie for 15th. Phil Mickelson shot a one under 71, and will make the cut at even par.
The cut line figures to be one over when everyone completes their second round this morning.
The 27-year-old Oosthuizen is used to playing in tough conditions in South Africa. He won first the first time in Europe earlier this year. Yet, considering all this, he is still a surprise leader.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very confident with the way IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m playing,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said afterwards. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably the position anyone wants to be in playing a major on the weekend, and I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what we work to achieve.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Oosthuizen missed the cut at the Masters and the US Open. In fact, he missed the cut last week at the Scottish Open.
He now has the position of being the leader heading into the weekend at the Open.
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