Weather Pushes 4th Round to Monday

19 July 2015, Posted by , , , 0

For the first time in 27 years, the Open Championship will see its title decided on a Monday, as more foul weather allowed the completion of the second round but no more than that on Saturday at St. Andrews.

The R&A tried its best to get the third round in, with delays totaling 10-1/2 hours, but high winds and frequent rains again forestalled their efforts.

Through it all, American Dustin Johnson is the leader in the clubhouse at 10-under, one stroke ahead of England’s Danny Willett, and two strokes ahead of 1999 champion Paul Lawrie.

The 1988 Open was the first-ever Monday finish, with Seve Ballesteros shooting a final-round 65 to beat Nick Price by two strokes.

Back in the present, 20 players are within five strokes of the lead including former Major winners Adam Scott (-7), Louis Oosthuizen (-7). Retief Goosen (-6), Justin Rose (-5), Charl Schwartzel (-5) and Jordan Spieth (-5).

The cut fell at even par, allowing the likes of Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, David Duval, and 57-year-old Bernhard Langer to slip in. Langer finished tied for second at The Open in 1981 and 1984, and hasn’t won a tournament since 2002; this is his first time making the cut since tying for fifth in 2005.

Bubba Watson  finished 3-over with a 76 on Saturday, missing the cut here for a third straight year. Tiger Woods finished at 7-over, tying him for 147th.

 

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