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The weather causes havoc for early starters

16 July 2011 11:14 BST

Gary Woodland

Last night a total of 18 golfers posted sub-par totals after two difficult days at Royal St George’s.

At that stage there were also a further 13 players sitting on level par but those numbers are likely to be severely diminished judging by the scoring achieved by the early starters this morning.

Those early starters awoke to wet and blustery conditions and it would be fair to say the weather has wrought havoc for those players who hoped to move up the field before the leaders got started later today.

A quick look at the scoring achieved by the first 12 groups on the course shows that out of 23 players (Australian Matthew Millar was out first with a marker) only America’s Gary Woodland was under par for the day.

The 27 year-old bigger hitter from Orlando, Florida, was out in a hugely creditable two under par 33 after birdies on the 419-yard par-4 fifth and the 564-yard par-5 seventh but elsewhere the conditions were reaping a heavy cost

Come mid-day the first 12 groups were a combined 49 strokes over par and the players right behind them were not coping much better either. At that stage it was beginning to look that any total of around par or better by the end of the round might be unattainable although that could change if the conditions relent later in the day.

At 12.00 pm Woodland was at two under par for the day and just one over par for the Championship which put him in a tie for 32nd place overall. Elsewhere Tom Watson was using all his experience to be level par through six holes while Henrik Stenson was also level though nine.

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