Strong, gusty winds on Saturday at the British Open forced officials to schedule a rare Monday final round. The weather will improve some for the final two rounds, but will be far from perfect.
Players attempted to finish Round 2 of the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland, on Saturday. However, gusty winds made that a difficult task.
Thirty-two minutes after Saturday's 7 a.m. BST start, play was suspended and remained halted through most of the afternoon.
💨💨💨💨 ⛳️ Some of our favorite windy photos: pic.twitter.com/hSjpWem0EQ— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 18, 2015
Winds at an observation station in nearby Lechars, Scotland, were sustained at 40 to 55 kph (25 to 35 mph) much of Saturday and gusted to a peak wind of 80 kph (50 mph).
The gusty winds were howling in between an usually strong area of low pressure skimming across northern Scotland and an area of high pressure over the English Channel, stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
The lengthy suspension in play that resulted from Saturday's gusty winds forced officials to push Round 3 to Sunday and then the finale to Monday.
"The only other time an Open Championship finished on Monday was in 1988 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when the third round had to be scratched due to heavy rains that rendered the course unplayable," stated the PGA Tour in regards to British Open history.
The departure of the potent area of low pressure will cause significantly less wind to blow through St. Andrews for the third and final rounds with sustained winds holding below 18 kph (11 mph).
Rain will still occasionally keep the course damp.
"There will be lingering morning rain and then some spottier showers around for the rest of Sunday," stated Roys. "But the rain will be nothing like what St. Andrews saw on Friday that caused the delays."
"On Monday, a frontal system could deliver a few brief showers. The majority of the activity, however, will be to the west," continued Roys.
Due to the rain and accompanying clouds, temperatures will be held to the upper teens C (lower 60s F) both days.