Crazy Winds Delay British Open: Final Round to Be Played On Monday (Videos)
With wind gusts of up to 45 miles-per-hour expected to terrorize The Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Scotland throughout the morning and early afternoon on Saturday, the conclusion of the British Open Championship’s second round has been delayed until 4pm on Saturday. As a result, the third round has been moved to Sunday, and the final round will now take place on Monday.
How bad can it be to play in 45 mph wind gusts?
For starters, there are instances when you will find Mother Nature doing the putting for the players, which is exactly what happened to Louis Oosthuizen on the 13th green:
And if you think that’s bad, you won’t believe what happened to Dustin Johnson.
After watching his chip onto the 14th green come up way short (making it just over the ridge, but not much further than that), he took his sweet time marking his ball, which gave the wind just enough time to blow it back down the ridge, nearly hitting Jordan Spieth‘s ball before coming to a halt almost 30 feet further than where it had initially landed.
Johnson would go on to boogie the hole, moving him back into a tie for the lead with England’s Danny Willett.
Here’s a look at the incident on the 14th hole:
Heck, even the fans are having difficulties with the high winds. Just watch what happened when one guy tried to pour himself a glass of water:
So yeah… this is now happening… pic.twitter.com/whd6WxcC75
— Steve Czaban (@czabe) July 18, 2015
How’s anyone supposed to stay hydrated in winds like that???
After a 10 hour delay, play has finally resumed. With many of those in contention still on the course (like Johnson, Spieth, Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Paul Lawrie, and Hideki Matsuyama), it’ll be interesting to see what type of effect Mother Nature has on the remainder of the second round—and beyond that.