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Championship hit by weather delay

Wind blows St Andrews Open into Monday finish

Open St AndrewsUpdated July 20: The Open will be played today as a result of high winds which wiped out play at St Andrews on Saturday until 6pm.

It will be the first time the event has been pushed into a Monday finish since 1988 at Royal Lytham St Annes and the first time a major golf tournament has been forced into an extra day since the 2009 US Open at Bethpage.

That year, heavy rains delayed the tournament from the first day, and the final round didn’t begin until Sunday evening. Play was suspended because of darkness with the leaders on the second hole, so they had to play most of the round the next day.

Saturday’s delayed start, a result of 40 mph winds, will have been a particular blow to corporate hosts whose guests have been unable to see any action until late in the day. Wind also disrupted the 2010 championship held at St Andrews.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has been at the event promoting the return of golf to the Olympics in Rio next year for the first time since 1904 in St Louis.

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