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Rain delays supporters' approach play

SPECTATORS were asked to delay their arrival for the second day of the Open Championship today after heavy rain overnight left standing water on parts of the Royal Lytham course.

Play got under way at 6:30am as scheduled, but fans were directed to different entrance gates as work was carried out to improve conditions. "We've had far more rain overnight than we were expecting, unfortunately," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said.

"There's been 11mm or so but the course can take it as the drainage here is good.

"There is some standing water but we can play golf and the Rules of Golf will deal with the casual water.

"The spectator conditions are not so good but we are working hard. We are told it will be dry for the rest of the day but, if anyone was thinking about delaying their arrival, that would be good."

Australia's Brendan Jones initially made light of the conditions this morning with a birdie two on the first to improve to two under par, but then dropped shots at the next two holes to fall back to level par.