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British Open leaderboard: Danny Willett, Phil Mickelson make early 2nd round moves

After a lengthy weather delay, St. Andrews is yielding birdies again and Dustin Johnson's lead is gone.

For the second straight day, the first players out on the course are getting the best of the scoring conditions at the British Open. Danny Willett is the big mover, rocketing past first-round leader Dustin Johnson (7-under) with four birdies in his first 10 holes. He's now 10-under for the championship and three shots clear of DJ, who still has a few more hours of sitting around before he gets his crack at what could be a much tougher golf course.

The rain came harder and heavier than anticipated Friday morning, pushing the entire round back three hours and 14 minutes and also drenching an already soft golf course. When the rain finally dissipated a bit, and most of the standing water was moved, the course became quite playable and defenseless. Those first several groups out after the resumption of play, at 10 a.m. local, encountered little-to-no wind. Willett stuck it close and went out on the links in 3-under 33.

Willett has been one of the top English prospects for several years now. He played alongside Rory McIlroy in that legendary 2007 Walker Cup but now at 27 years old, he's got just two Euro Tour wins and no real track record at the majors. A T15 at The Open two years ago is his best result. He entered the week at 39th in the world and his third place finish at the loaded WGC Match Play event was a statement performance on American soil. But he's missed three of five cuts, including the U.S. Open and Players, coming into the Open. The talent is there but the form wasn't screaming for this kind of run. He's taking advantage of his spot on the tee sheet.

Zach Johnson was the primary challenger to Willett's spot atop the leaderboard early on, pouring in back-to-back birdies during those friendlier conditions. That pushed him to 8-under and the lead for the moment, but then Willett increased the pace and Johnson gave both shots back as the wind picked up and he hit the loop, the hardest stretch of the course following No. 9.

Phil MIckelson is the biggest name out on the course during this morning wave and he's making the right move as well. Even though he was six shots off the lead, Mickelson was ecstatic with his 2-under round on Thursday. He caught the tougher conditions and played great golf just to get to that 2-under point. He's added two more red numbers in his first five holes and is at 4-under, just outside the top 10. It's about to get tougher for Phil but he seems to have his better game working this week.

Here's an early snapshot of the leaderboard as this morning wave makes their moves:

Place Player Score Thru
1 Danny Willett -10 11
2 Dustin Johnson -7 12:48 PM
T3 Robert Streb -6 10:31 AM
T3 Retief Goosen -6 11:04 AM
T3 Paul Lawrie -6 12:59 PM
T3 Jason Day -6 1:10 PM
T3 Marc Warren -6 14
T3 Zach Johnson -6 12
T9 Jordan Niebrugge -5 10:42 AM
T9 Kevin Na -5 10:53 AM
T9 Charl Schwartzel -5 12:15 PM
T9 Jordan Spieth -5 12:48 PM
T9 Louis Oosthuizen -5 1:10 PM
T9 Steven Bowditch -5 15
T9 Anirban Lahiri -5 14
T16 Greg Owen -4 9:47 AM
T16 Matt Jones -4 10:31 AM
T16 Luke Donald -4 11:15 AM
T16 David Howell -4 1:43 PM
T16 Phil Mickelson -4 5
T16 Justin Rose -4 5
T16 Branden Grace -4 4
T23 Paul Dunne -3 9:58 AM
T23 David Lingmerth -3 10:20 AM
T23 Romain Langasque -3 12:37 PM
T23 Russell Henley -3 10
T23 Adam Scott -3 7
T23 Henrik Stenson -3 5
T29 Thomas Bjorn -2 9:47 AM
T29 Alexander Levy -2 10:20 AM
T29 Anthony Wall -2 10:42 AM
T29 Webb Simpson -2 11:37 AM
T29 Ollie Schniederjans -2 11:37 AM
T29 Sergio Garcia -2 12:26 PM
T29 Stewart Cink -2 1:32 PM
T29 Greg Chalmers -2 1:43 PM
T29 Tyrrell Hatton -2 2:05 PM
T29 Paul Kinnear -2 2:05 PM
T29 Rikard Karlberg -2 9:26 AM
T29 David Lipsky -2 F
T29 Cameron Tringale -2 16
T29 Padraig Harrington -2 14
T29 Geoff Ogilvy -2 11
T29 Francesco Molinari -2 11
T29 Mark O'Meara -2 10
T29 Jimmy Walker -2 7
T29 Martin Kaymer -2 7
T29 Paul Casey -2 4
T29 Marc Leishman -2 3