Third round abandoned due to high winds
The third round of the Dunhill Links Championship was abandoned without a shot being played on Saturday as gale-force winds swept over the three hosting courses.
Play at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns was made impossible with gusts exceeding 50mph. The pro-am event’s third round is now re-scheduled for Sunday and the final round will take place on Monday.
“The forecast is for the winds to strengthen during the day so we have had to abandon play. Every course was unplayable,” tournament director David Garland told reporters:
The tournament goes into an extra day because the two-man professional-amateur teams have only played two of the three rounds at the three courses.
Rory McIlroy, Michael Hoey and Richie Ramsay of Britain lead by a stroke on 11-under-par.
McIlory can go to number one in Europe with a second-place finish on Monday and the 20-year-old Ulsterman supported the call off on Saturday.
“Here at Kingsbarns, the way the wind is blowing you wouldn’t be able to get your ball near the ninth green in three shots—never mind being able to putt on it,” he told reporters.