By Ross Kelly
Moving day at the 144th Open Championship will have to wait until Sunday.
A wind delay of over 10 hours forced the Open Championship to adjust its weekend plans as Round 3 never even got underway on Saturday. When Round 2 resumed at 2:00 AM ET, winds were swirling so much that only three of the 42 golfers on course were able to finish their second rounds. Play went on for about half an hour, much to the frustration of the players, before play was halted due to the wind which had approached Tropical Storm levels. During the 10-and-a-half hour delay, the R&A (whom organizes The Open) then decided that only the completion of Round 2 would take place on Saturday then causing the tournament’s final round to take place on Monday.
To give you an idea of just how windy the course was, here’s a patron attempting to pour water from a bottle into a cup:
Need further proof? Check out Louis Oosthuizen attempting to putt:
As for the golfers, the leaderboard looks pretty much the same as it did at the end of Friday as most of the 42 players only had five or so holes to finish. Dustin Johnson (-10) birdied on 18 to give him the outright lead over Danny Willett (-9) who got a rest day since he finished Round 2 on Friday. Just as he did by close on Friday, Jordan Spieth (-5) again shot even and will likely be grouped with Sergio Garcia. Hopefully Garcia isn’t aware that Spieth is a fan of fried chicken.
Just as Friday gave us a cool moment as 5x winner Tom Watson got a nice sendoff in his final Open, another name from the past made some noise at the end of Saturday. David Duval (remember him?) birdied the 18th to put him at even and just make the cut. The 2001 Open Champion and former No. 1 ranked player in the world had not made a cut in a major since 2010 and entered as the 1268th ranked player in the world. At 10 shots back it’s obviously unlikely he will challenge for the championship but it’s still nice to see a former great player still show flashes of what made him a champion.