British Open 2015: Another Delay at St. Andrews For Wind

July 18, 2015

The British Open is headed for a Monday finish.

The R&A intends to finish the second round Saturday, play the third round Sunday, and hold the final round Monday.

It will be the first Monday finish at the British Open since 1988 at Lytham.

The second round was suspended for more than three hours because of rain on Friday. Then, after only 32 minutes of play Saturday morning, play was halted again by high winds.

Thirty-nine players have yet to complete the second round, including co-leader Dustin Johnson.

Play resumed at 6 p.m. local (1 p.m. EST).

Some players, including Jordan Spieth, are complaining that the R&A never should have re-started play in such blustery conditions. Spieth three-putted at his first hole of the day, the par-5 14th, for a par. Leader Dustin Johnson wound up making a bogey at that hole after being alongside the green in two shots.

Johnson dropped to 9-under, leaving him tied for the top spot with Danny Willett. Spieth is four back.

The R&A released a statement at 9 a.m. local time that reads as follows:

“We spent an hour at the far end of the course, before play started, assessing whether the course was playable. Balls were not moving on the greens and while the conditions were extremely difficult, we considered the golf course to be playable. Gusts of wind increased in speed by 10-15 percent after play resumed. This could not be foreseen at the time that play was restarted and made a material difference to the playability of the golf course.”