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The weather could be Rory McIlroy's best friend at the Open today

Adam Scott and Shane Lowry will both have to deal with some strong winds and rain in Hoylake this morning.

It's a day for umbrellas on Merseyside. Source: Owen Humphreys

WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD play into Rory McIlroy’s hands as he looks to follow up on his strong start to the Open Championship.

McIlroy held a one-shot lead overnight at Royal Liverpool after a “perfect” opening round of 66 on Thursday.

He tees off again this afternoon at 2.27pm and by that time, the troublesome morning weather conditions are expected to have eased.

openweather Source: Met Office

Rain and strong winds, with gusts of up to 35mph, are making scoring difficult for the morning’s starters.

Just seven of the 42 players on course are under par for their second round at the time of writing with Gary Woodland (-3 thru six) and Martin Kaymer (-2 thru two) the most positive movers so far on day two.

The forecast could spell trouble for two of McIlroy’s closest challengers: Adam Scott, who tees off at 9.26am, and Shane Lowry who gets underway at 10.21am.

Both players are two shots back on four-under after opening rounds of 68.

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