England’s Richard Mansell conjured up a remarkable round of 68 in horrendous conditons at St Andrews to lead the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots at the halfway stage.

Four early birdies gave the 28 year-old a great start to his round and as the wind and rain increased, Mansell held on to finish on ten under par in the event which also doubles as a pro-am.

Two behind is Sweden’s Alex Noren who carded a 69 at Kingsbarns, while Niklas Norgaard Moller of Denmark and Frenchman Antoine Rozner are joint third on seven under.

Rory McIlroy was another who suffered in the torrential weather, sliding to a 75 at Kingsbarns to leave him at one under-par — nine shots behind Mansell.