Friday, July 17, 2015

Open Championship Day 2 start delayed until 10am

Three hours' play lost because of heavy rain, Round 2 will not be completed until Saturday morning
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The second round of The 144th Open Championship will resume at 10am after heavy rain forced play to be suspended just after its scheduled start time.
Persistent showers throughout the early hours got worse just as Jaco van Zyl, Mark Calcavecchia and Marcel Siem teed off at 6.32am, and they had only reached the first green when they were called off at 6.46.
Greens, fairways and bunkers were flooded and an army of greenkeepers set to work on clearing the standing water, but could not prevent a delay of more than three hours.
"It has been a very tough morning. It started raining just before 5am and we've had 20mm since then, 12mm of those in a very short time period and the course started to puddle and flood in certain areas," R and A chief executive Peter Dawson told the BBC.
"The worst rain has passed. We will have a showery spell which we are assured will be over by 10.
"This a very sandy golf course and once it starts to drain you will find it dries very quickly.
"If there is any course which can take this (amount of rain) it is the Old Course at St Andrews."
Weather forecasters had predicted outbreaks of heavy rain in the morning with winds gusting up to 30mph, with speeds increasing to 35-40mph in the drier afternoon conditions.
Dawson said the plan was "to finish round two tomorrow" with a strategy of catching everything up by scheduled finish on Sunday.
"The forecast is for very strong winds so it is a very tough course today and tomorrow but because we have had so much rain it's nowhere near as fiery as it can be so I'm very hopeful that (wind) won't affect play," he said.
"Our target is to finish on Sunday. We do have the ability to go into Monday (last time that happened was at Lytham in 1988) but we certainly hope not to."





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