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On Saturday, though, he may have saved this Open.

“The only thing they were able to go off of was what the officials themselves saw when they were out there before we even got out to the golf course“. They lasted only 32 minutes before play was halted because of golf balls being blown around on greens.

The second weather delay – rain on Friday, wind on Saturday – meant the first Monday finish in the British Open since 1988.

The lack of play on Saturday was a boon for pubs, restaurants and shops, however, as thousands of fans made a day of it in the town. Lack of judgment by the officials was.

Canada’s David Hearn, one of the players on the 11th, added: “More than disappointed in the R&A“. What we weren’t expecting when we made a decision to go wass that the wind picked up.

A little too keen, as it turned out.

They have been playing golf at the Old Course for centuries, and the first time The Open was played here was in 1873, with more Opens being played here than any other venue.

A spokesman said: “Along east and west coasts of Scotland there will be gale force winds in exposed areas with gusts of wind reaching 55mph in some places, but more widely 35 to 45mph inland”. The R&A, the governing body over in Europe and operators of the British Open, has already announced that the final round will not take place until Monday.

American Brooks Koepka, left, caddie Ricky Elliott, center, and an official leave the 11th green when play was suspended.

The Met Office had issued yellow “be aware” warnings for rain in Perth and Kinross and Stirling regions and much of western Scotland today.The persistent and sometimes heavy rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds and the warning is valid until around 1pm, the Met Office said.

“Hind sight now looking back on it, it’s easy to say we shouldn’t have gone but I understand what the R&A are trying to do, to get a 72 hole event in and try and get this done and finished”.

The day felt even longer for Reed because he had only 3 1/2 hours of sleep, having finished in the gloom Friday and restarted again at 7 a.m.in a group with Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. “I make double-bogey on the one hole that I play and I miss the cut by two shots”, said Hend after his round.

Give some credit to Koepka, though for making sure it didn’t turn into a complete farce.

It remained to be seen the impact of the weather delay on Johnson’s quest for his first major championship.

“I don’t know”, he said, when asked what might have happened if his decision to stop was challenged. “Because I thought, ‘This has changed.’ It was always going to be a hard day”. “I really wasn’t”.

Hours later, Dawson explained to the media that at 6:45 a.m., 15 minutes before play was scheduled to resume, the course – or more to the point the exposed 11 green – was deemed to be game ready.

Balls rolled on greens and the 11th green was nearly unplayable as players delayed their putts in the hope of a suspension that finally came at 7.32am.

“The R&A was an absolute disgrace this morning deciding to put us out there in the wind”, Hend said after his even-par 72. “Because they didn’t have to hit a shot”.