Johnson maintains one-shot lead despite bad conditions

djDespite difficult weather conditions and needing three different sessions to complete his second round of the British Open, former Coastal Carolina golfer Dustin Johnson birdied the 18th hole Saturday to finish the second round with a 3-under 69 to take the outright lead through 36 holes at 10-under.

With winds exceeding 40 mph, play was halted again at the 144th Open Championship, forcing the finish to Monday. The R&A, which conducts the tournament, allowed the second round to finally resume at 6 p.m. local time Saturday at the Old Course after a delay of nearly 10 1/2 hours because of the fierce winds.

Saturday’s play had restarted at 7 a.m. local time, only to be halted just 32 minutes later. Thirty-nine players still had to complete the second round when the day started, including Johnson and the winner of the last two majors, Jordan Spieth.

The third round will be played Sunday, with the final round scheduled for Monday — the first Monday finish at The Open since 1988 at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Play was suspended in the second round late Friday after torrential rains halted play on the Old Course, delaying the entire day by more than three hours.

Johnson had the lead at the first restart Saturday but took four shots from just off the green to get down for a bogey on the par-5 14th hole. He made par on the par-4 15th before play was suspended.

Danny Willett, who finished his second round on Friday, is one shot back of Johnson.

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