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Robert Streb stays in hunt at British Open while Dustin Johnson is still atop the leader board

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Robert Streb watched his shot from the 9th tee on Friday.
Robert Streb watched his shot from the 9th tee on Friday. The Associated Press

Robert Streb handled the rough weather pretty well in the second round of the British Open.

He shot a 1-under-par 71 on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, leaving him at 7-under 137 for two rounds. He was 3 shots behind leader Dustin Johnson when play was suspended for the day because of darkness.

Streb, a Shawnee resident and former K-State golfer, made all pars on the front nine except for a birdie on No. 3. He had a bogey on 13 but got that stroke back with a birdie on 18.

"I was pretty happy with it," Streb told ESPN after his round. "I see some of the guys are going pretty well, but I’m very pleased with what I did."

Streb, who is playing in the British Open for the first time, had to deal with a course damp from heavy rain and winds that often blew 25-30 mph or higher.

"I can’t complain," Streb said. "(I’m) getting to play the weekend and (we’ll) see if we can try and get in the hunt on Sunday."

Former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland also made the cut. He shot a 70 and is at 2-under 142.

While Streb and Woodland were able to finish the round, that wasn’t the case for Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth, who is seeking his third straight major championship after winning the Masters in April and the U.S. Open last month.

Johnson was 3 under for the day and 10 under for the tournament when play was stopped. The round wasn’t completed because play was suspended for 3 hours, 14 minutes early on as heavy rain left parts of the course unplayable.

Johnson made three birdies in four holes on the front nine and built a 2-shot lead before making his first bogey of the tournament. He 3-putted on the par-3 11th in wind so severe that he had to back off a 4-foot putt and wipe his eyes.

“I’m in a good spot,” Johnson said. “Definitely got very tricky this afternoon, all day. Even the front side, the wind was howling and it was blowing straight left-to-right pretty much. It played very tough all day.”

Spieth 3-putted for bogey three times in 11 holes to offset three birdies and was 5 shots behind Johnson, whom he beat by 1 stroke in the U.S. Open last month.

Johnson and Spieth were just short on the par-5 14th hole in 2 shots when they chose to mark their golf balls and return early this morning to resume the round.

Johnson was 1 stroke ahead of Danny Willett of England and 2 ahead of Jason Day and Paul Lawrie when play was stopped.

Willett had a 3-under 69 early in the day and walked off the 18th green with his name atop the leader board at 9-under 135, 1 shot ahead of Johnson at the time.

“Yeah, I think it’s a childhood dream and looking up there, it’s still a little bit surreal, but something I’m going to have to get used to,” Willett said. “Otherwise, no point in being up there. We’re going to try and rest up and then try and go out for another good weekend and hopefully, we can be up there in two days’ time.”

One player who probably won’t be around for the final two rounds is Tiger Woods, who likely will miss the cut unless he gets hot when he finishes his second round this morning. Woods was 5 over with seven holes to play, and the cut is projected to fall at 1-over par.

Three-time British Open champion Nick Faldo also won’t get to play the final two rounds despite a 1-under 71 in the second round. Faldo made a birdie on No. 17 Friday, just his second in 28 British Open rounds on the Old Course.

“I looked at the gods, the St. Andrews golfing gods at No. 17. I thought, ‘Thank you very much for that,’ ” Faldo said. “That was one of the greatest moments of my career.”

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