Update: Weather again changed the planned schedule with a 10 hour and 28 minute wind delay causing major havoc on Saturday morning. Play resumed shortly after 1 p.m. ET and the new plan is to complete the second round on Saturday then begin the third round on Sunday and play the final round on Monday. That is, unless weather delays change those plans.
With a 156-player field and everyone going off the No. 1 tee to start, British Open rounds are scheduled to be long. When the weather becomes a factor, like it did on Friday, the days grow even longer. That will be the case on Saturday when 42 players head out early to complete their second rounds in advance of the third round starting.
Heavy rains forced a delay that lasted for more than three hours on Friday. Despite playing well into the night and amidst setting darkness, the entire field couldn't get the second round in. Instead, those players will be back out on St. Andrews at 7 a.m. to play what's left of their second rounds. Those who make the cut will then have a little break before the third round begins. There are several big names among the players who still need to finish the second round, including seven players in the top 15. Current leader Dustin Johnson is among that group and he will resume play on No. 14. Johnson is 10-under for the tournament, currently one stroke ahead of the field. He hit a good second shot at the par-5 14th hole and has an excellent opportunity to pick up another stroke when play resumes.
Jason Day is tied for third place at 8-under and will resume play on No. 12. He played in one of the final groups on Friday and will have 25 holes to play on Saturday. Scoring conditions have been more favorable in the morning, so Day could benefit and possibly challenge for the 36-hole lead. Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson will also be among the players finishing. Watson is currently sitting right on the cut line and will need to avoid issues coming in if he wants to make the cut. Woods is five strokes above the projected cut with just seven holes to play. He's only made two birdies in the tournament and would need a miraculous finish if he's going to continue on.
The delay and suspended round forced officials to scramble and adjust the scheduled tee times for Saturday. It also created an issue with the scheduled television coverage, but ESPN altered its plan and will provide coverage when the second round resumes. Television coverage was originally scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. ET and run until the end of the round. The second round will resume at 2 a.m. and ESPN will instead begin its television coverage then. The broadcast will run from 2 a.m. until the second round is complete, which should be sometime around 5 a.m. depending on the pace of play and weather in the morning. The broadcast will then go off air before coming back at 7 a.m. until the conclusion of the third round. The result will increase the scheduled eight hours of live coverage to likely more than 11 hours.
The second-round coverage will also include a simulcast stream on ESPN3, though it will be the International BBC feed. When the third round begins, there will be multiple simulcast streams in addition to a featured group and featured hole stream.
Here is a complete look at Saturday's television coverage. All times Eastern.
2 a.m. to conclusion of second round -- ESPN
7 a.m. to conclusion of third round -- ESPN
2 a.m. to conclusion of second round -- ESPN3 International (BBC) stream
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- WatchESPN/ESPN3 simulcast of TV coverage, Spanish feed, and International (BBC) streams
7 a.m. to TBD ET -- WatchESPN/ESPN3 Featured Groups stream -- Players TBD
7 a.m. ET -- WatchESPN/ESPN3 featured holes stream -- No. 17, St. Andrews' famous "Road Hole"
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET -- ESPN Radio / PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)
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