France’s Clement Sordet paid tribute to the victims of the suspected terror attack in Nice as the second round of the Open Championship got under way in markedly different conditions on Friday.
A t least 80 people, including several children, are dead after a lorry hit crowds who had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in the Mediterranean city on Thursday night.
Sordet, 23, had written “PrayForNice” on his cap as he teed off in overcast conditions in the opening group at 6:35am, with rain forecast through the morning and the wind having switched direction.
The front nine, which South Africa’s Haydn Porteous covered in just 30 shots on Thursday, was now playing into the breeze and Sordet almost drove out of bounds on the first on his way to a bogey to drop back to four over par.
Tournament organisers the R&A confirmed that black ribbons would be made available to players at the first tee on Friday should they choose to wear one in honour of the victims of the Nice attacks.
Overnight leader Phil Mickelson was due out at 8:25am as he looked to build on a three-shot lead created thanks to a stunning opening round, the former champion having come agonisingly close to making history.
Mickelson, who has not won a tournament since lifting the Claret Jug at Muirfield in 2013, needed to make birdie from 15 feet on the last hole to shoot the first 62 in any major, only to see his birdie putt catch the edge of the cup and stay out.
The 46-year-old American could barely believe it as he had to settle for a 63 – the 28th such score in majors – to finish eight under par, three shots ahead of fellow American Patrick Reed and former world number one Martin Kaymer.