Singapore's Mardan Mamat bows out of British Open

LYTHAM - Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat failed in his bid to make it third time lucky at the British Open on Friday and blamed the unexpected good weather for his failure at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

The 44-year-old, who is a three-time Asian Tour winner, improved in the second round with a two-over-par 72, which was five shots better than his opening round's effort which effectively ended his hopes of progressing into the weekend rounds.

After weeks of preparing his game to tackle the winds which is so often associated with links golf, Mardan failed to take advantage of benign conditions and a soft golf course which was a result of overnight rain.

'Yesterday (Thursday), it was very calm. A lot of preparation that I made was for bad weather. Overall, I didn't hit it good on the first day. Today, it was so much better but I couldn't hole a putt,' said Mardan.

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