British Open 2015: The Open postponed to finish on Monday after severe winds halt play at St Andrews
Play suspended: Jordan Spieth plays his second shot on the 15th hole. Photo: Reuters Severe winds and forecasted rain have forced The Open officials to postpone the final round of the tournament at St Andrews until Monday.
The tournament was scheduled to finish on Sunday afternoon, however the weather in Scotland has left the organisers with no choice but to postpone the tournament.
“The forecasts we are receiving predict a drop in the wind speeds between 3 and 4pm,” the organisers said.
“Play is expected to resume at 4pm, providing we have acceptable wind speeds. The intention is to complete the second round today with the third round to be played on Sunday, and the final round to be played on Monday.”
It will be the first Monday finish since the late Seve Ballesteros won the coveted Claret Jug at Royal Lytham in 1988.
Play was suspended at 7.32am on Saturday morning, not before the wind played havoc with several players, including Australian Jason Day.
Tournament favourites Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were also among the players out on the course, frustrated with Royal and Ancient officials for starting play in the extreme weather.
Despite gale force gusts blowing balls around on the greens and making putting near impossible, play carried on for more than half an hour, during which Johnson lost his outright lead and Day dropped two shots.
When finally pulled off the course, Spieth and Johnson both questioned officials as to why they were sent out in the first place.
Louis Oosthuizen, champion at St Andrews in 2010, laughed at his rules official when initially told to play on as his ball first rolled closer to the hole before he could mark it, and then blew further away.
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