OPEN GOLF: Darren Clarke misses cut; Graeme McDowell into third round

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke with his caddie during day three of The Open Championship
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke with his caddie during day three of The Open Championship

Former champion, Darren Clarke, missed the cut at the Open Championship at St Andrews on Saturday, but fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell did progress to Sunday’s third round.

McDowell completed a second successive level-par 72 on Friday to lie on the projected cut mark at the weather affected third major of the season.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell

2011 Open champion Clarke returned to play his final five holes on Saturday but a round of 73 left him on two over.

Play was suspended early on because of high winds and resumed at 6pm on Saturday evening.

Only half an hour of play was possible in the morning, then a lengthy delay ensued, before the second round was finally completed in the evening.

The third round will now be played on Sunday, with the final 18 holes taking place on Monday, the first time an Open Championship has continued beyond the weekend since 1988 at Royal Lytham.

Clarke had birdies at seven and eight and was one under with five holes still to play when play was halted on Friday evening.

The Dungannon man then resumed his round at 07:00 BST and like many, including overnight leader Dustin Johnson, Clarke lost ground during his short time on the course on Saturday morning.

Padraig Harrington, winner at Carnoustie in 2007 and Royal Birkdale 2008, is three under, but Shane Lowry looks to have fallen one short of the cut mark on one over.