In pics: Friday Old Course clean-up

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  • Play resumes after suspension of three hours and 14 mins
  • Greens staff work furiously to get course ready for 10am
  • Afternoon starters unlikely to complete second rounds today

With the second round now well underway at St Andrews after the deluge in the early hours of this morning, we've compiled some pictures of the huge clean-up operation taken on by greens staff.

Tasked with getting the Old Course set up for a 10am restart - which looked incredibly optimistic at the time - staff were out in their numbers by the first, second, 17th and 18th holes, sweeping the bulk of the standing water into the burn, with a number of vans and a tanker from Scottish Water also on hand to help out.

By the time the opening group of Jaco Van Zyl, Mark Calcavecchia and Marcel Siem made their way down to putt at the first green, three hours and 14 minutes after they'd started their rounds, the Old Course was playable once more with Paul Lawrie paying tribute to the work of staff.

He tweeted:

The delay means that Lawrie, like a number of later starters, is unlikely to complete his second round today. The Scot is now due to tee off at 5.59pm, with sunset at 9.46pm tonight.

And the delays may not end there. Tomorrow, the Met Office is forecasting winds between 25-30mph, with gusts expected of around 40mph.

Here are some pictures of the clean-up operation:

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