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Friday morning's rain at St. Andrews looked a lot like the rain at the 2014 PGA Championship.

In the spirit of #FlashbackFriday, the morning rain delay at the second round of the Open Championship reminded us of another massive rainstorm that delayed play during a major: the storm that disrupted play during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship. 

In case you need a quick reminder of last year's storm, a downpour caused a two-hour delay near the middle of Sunday's action at Valhalla. That of course set up the dramatic finish as Rory McIlroy captured the Wanamaker Trophy on as darkness was closing in.

So how do those two compare? We'll show you in the form of photos, videos and GIFs.

Coverage: 2015 Open Championship | 2014 PGA Championship

Amount of rain: A lot

As you can see, the rain literally caused some cups to flood over at Valhalla.



Meanwhile at St. Andrews, you can see the rain left some new obstacles on the course. 



If you are just getting up, you missed a bit of rain at St. Andrews this morning.

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Reaction: Amusement

Lee Westwood stayed nice and dry at the Open, and was able to show a before-and-after pic of the Old Course. 



Before & after. What a difference a day makes!

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Sergio Garcia clearly didn't find the rain funny last year. 



Wildlife: Plenty of birds

Turns out both real ducks...



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And their rubber versions...



Enjoy the wet conditions on a golf course.

Cleanup: Lot of hard work

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann even got involved in the effort to dry out Valhalla. 



The St. Andrews grounds crew used the time-trusted squeegee method. 



July 17, 2015 - 9:18am
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John Daly
We all know John Daly likes his cigarettes. On Friday on the range at St. Andrews, the 1995 Open Champion invented an interesting way to put his cigarette out.

Well, this is an interesting way to put out a cigarette.

Check out John Daly on the range at St. Andrews today before the start of his second round to the Open Championship.

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Perhaps playing it up for the camera, Daly flicks his cigarette just in front of his golf ball before launching both.

Love the commentary, "John Daly is really smoking it on the range."

h/t Chris Chaney 

July 17, 2015 - 6:38am
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T.J. Auclair
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Open Championship
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A weather delay in the Open Championship? Are you kidding? Well, once you see the video and images from St. Andrews, you'll understand that it's a miracle there was only a delay.

If you're just waking up and hearing about the hours-long weather delay at St. Andrews in the second round of the Open Championship, you might be scratching your head and wondering what this world is coming to.

A weather delay? In Scotland? Over a little wee rain? That doesn't make any sense!

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Perhaps this video of what the grounds crew needed to do to get the course back in shape will put it all in perspective:


That is a lot of the wet stuff. Hats off to the crew working tirelessly to get the course in shape to play at all.

You've got to think the big hitters are licking their chops this morning. They already have an advantage at St. Andrews. Now, with a soft links course that isn't getting a lot of roll, they can tee it high and let it fly.

Here are some images too: 


July 16, 2015 - 5:27pm
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The key when playing in bad conditions is to keep your hands, head and core warm.

One of the biggest challenges of the Open Championship is always the weather. Playing in cold, rainy and windy conditions can really mess with a golfer's game -- and mind. 

While there's no way to control Mother Nature, there are ways that you can adapt your golf game to playing in these less-than-ideal conditions. We talked to Dan Hill, head professional at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle to get some pointers for when you decide to play in the type of elements you'll see this weekend at St. Andrews.

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1. Dress right. The three areas of your body that you want to be warm but not too hot are your hands, head and core. To keep your hands warm, bring along some hand warmers that you can keep with your pushcart. It's just as simple to keep your head warm by wearing a beanie cap or a rain hat.

Your core needs a little more work to regulate, but the key is to dress in layers. The base layer can be an apolypropylene T-shirt (think of Under Armour's compression shirts) that stays close to your skin and help with evaporation of sweat. On top of that, Hill says, you can have your normal golf polo or anything else that will keep you warm without being too bulky. You can then have lightweight outerwear that takes some of the bite out of the wind. This can be your rain jacket, whether it's long-sleeved or short-sleeved. 

2. Keep your equipment dry. If you don't have a caddie to keep your clubs under an umbrella, your next best bet is to get a pushcart with an umbrella stand. You can take the extra precaution of putting a water-proof bag over your clubs to keep them dry. It's also a good idea to bring along some extra dry towels, which you can keep in a Ziploc bag in your golf bag. Those towels can also be used to dry your hands or club grips. 

3. Pick the right glove. Your normal leather glove might not be right for you in cold or rainy conditions. Look into your other options, whether it's one that does a better job of keeping your hand warm or one that has better grip in wet conditions. "The only contact and feel you have for the game is with your hands," Hill said. 

4. Know the conditions. It can be hard to understand what you're up against when it's windy on the course. Hill recommends to play up a club and a half. "When the wind's in your ears, golfers have the tendency to swing harder," Hill said. "But go with the saying, 'When it's breezy, swing easy.' Just club up and avoid the tendency to rush and over-swing." 

You'll also need to take into account the effect the wind will have on your ball's flight. "If there's a 10-mph wind, you have to give it the respect it deserves," Hill said. "Any spin on your ball is going to be 1.5 times worse. Any slice you have is going to be 1.5 times worse."


July 16, 2015 - 10:43am
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Luke Donald
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Luke Donald's impeccable short game was on display from the Road Hole Bunker at St. Andrews on Thursday, where he managed to salvage an impressive par.

One of the most famous "places you never want to be" in golf is the Road Hole Bunker on No. 17 at St. Andrews.

However, that's precisely where Luke Donald found himself on Thursday in the first round of the Open Championship.

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When you possess the short-game Donald does, however, the Road Hole Bunker isn't much of an issue:


What a terrific shot that was. Donald saved par on the hole and went on to shoot a 4-under 68.

Donald joked on Twitter about the shot after the round:




That was in reference to the view Donald has this week from the place he's staying:




How about that?