Former champion Paul Lawrie isn’t the only Scot with an eye on winning a British Open on home turf.

And just as much if not more so than Jack Nicklaus made his bye to really high quality netball on Swilcan Bridge about ten years ago, consequently Faldo was also pleased to abandon alone terminology.

Like the birdie on No. 17, which was playing easily the toughest hole this week. His 1990 win was at the Old Course. There was a bogey at the next but after that he was back to steady par thanks to some fine approach play and some solid putting. If Willett can end the drought this weekend that could well ease the pressure on their shoulders to follow his lead. The goal was to stand on the bridge and get the picture. Credit to the golf fans for lingering to give Tom the reception he deserved in the gathering gloom yesterday evening, his ill-fated Ryder Cup 2014 Captaincy apart he is a model professional and we will go a long way to see somebody like him on the fairways at The Open over the coming years.

The R&A could have called play earlier but allowed him to finish. From there he landed his second just short of the slope at the very front of the green.

I play two tournaments a year and I can’t fall out of a TV tower and really be a golfer”, Faldo said, after finishing overall on 10 over. “You need the luck of the draw”. The first day had been a hard one.

“If it picks up and blows and gusts like it could very well in the afternoon, it could even itself out”, Mickelson said. It was just the second time he has picked up a shot on the Road Hole in 28 rounds at the British Open.

After his tee shot at 18, Faldo stopped and pulled out the famous sweater he wore when he won The Open at Muirfield back in 1987. He had a few seconds to himself, savoring the moment, before taking what surely will be his final tee shot at the home of golf. This will be Watson’s last Open after 38 appearances, the first of which he won in 1975. You can sense that. “And I said, I don’t know”, he said. It makes it a little bit easier.

“I was just trying to say, thank you, St Andrews“.

More than likely they saw some themselves.

Some players headed back to the Old Course Hotel and waited in their rooms.

Matsuyama managed only par 72 in Thursday’s first round, when Johnson took the lead with a 65 and Spieth had a 67. So we walked, and the further I walked, the better I played.

And then Luke Donald, the last of that once dubbed “golden generation of emerging talents” is in danger of seeing his hopes of that big title slip away too after falling out of the world’s top 50. After 15 minutes, heavy rains flooded the course, forcing suspension of play.

The huge grandstands are deserted. “To get the photo on the Swilcan Bridge”.

The Open delivers another great moment.

Ironically the lengthy weather delay may have saved even that final round.

Forecasters say Saturday will bring more rain, with wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour (70 kph).

But this is Scotland, so that’s nothing new. All around, thousands rose to their feet for one last hurrah.

Nonetheless, Jaco Van Zyl, Mark Calcavecchia and Marcel Siem dutifully hit two shots apiece and waded toward the first green at St. Andrews’ Old Course.