The Open: Jamie Donaldson battles through second round in difficult conditions

By Dafydd JonesBBC Sport Wales at Royal Troon
Jamie Donaldson's joint 32nd finish in 2013 was his best performance at The Open Championship
Jamie Donaldson's joint 32nd finish in 2013 was his best performance at The Open Championship
Venue: Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland Dates: 14 July to 17 July
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Jamie Donaldson says he could barely have played better during his second round at The Open, with rain and high winds making conditions difficult.

A second round two over par 73, left the Welshman level par and going into the weekend ten shots behind leader Phil Mickelson.

"Level par for the conditions we've had is pretty good," he told BBC Wales Sport.

"I played nicely again especially the back nine which was really difficult.

"We were into wind going out and when we were going to have it downwind on the back nine the wind changed.

"You just have to make the most of the conditions you play in and I felt as though I did that."

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The world number 79 bogied the ninth and twelfth holes then birdied the thirteenth before dropping a shot on the last.

"I had a good birdie on thirteen, played nicely all the way in really with a lot of good shots.

"Frustratingly, I bogied the last but overall a pretty good day."

The 40-year-old, who had missed the cut in his last four events, is hoping for better luck with the weather over the weekend to give him a chance of challenging the leaders.

"If I go out there tomorrow and post a low score, we'll see where we go from there," he said.

"You never know. I'll have to shoot a four or five under and we'll see then how I get on."

Mickelson, winner of the Claret Jug in 2013, carded a 63 on Thursday, the joint-lowest round in major history and the 46-year-old's 36-hole total of 132 is a record for an Open at Royal Troon.

Donaldson was not surprised by the American's impressive score: "He's played a different golf course to the one we have.

"He's played a flat calm course and a bit of rain this morning.

"The course we've played compared to the one they've played on the other side of the draw is a totally different golf course."