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Golf aces praying for good weather

Golf aces praying for good weather
Australian golf aces are hoping the weather clears after a disastrous first round at the British Open.

Australia's golf aces are sweating on the weather gods smiling on them after all 11 British Open hopefuls were handed potentially disastrous afternoon first round tee times at Royal Birkdale.

Like no other tournament, Open dreamers are almost annually at the mercy of the draw - as Jason Day can attest to after having his bid for The Claret Jug cruelly crushed during a 32-minute scheduling fiasco at St Andrews in 2015.

Vying for the lead, Day was among just 42 players sent out in brutal wind and rain to complete their second rounds during an otherwise abandoned day's play at golf's spiritual home.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club was under fire as barely half an hour on course caused Day irretrievable damage as he bogeyed both holes he played - in two of his only three blemishes for the tournament - before falling a shot short of a three-man playoff.

AAP