Thanks to a rain delay on Friday and a wind delay on Saturday, the Claret Jug will not be hoisted on Sunday at the 2015 British Open. With heavy winds forcing players off the course for more than 10 hours on Saturday, the start of the third round was pushed to Sunday while the final round will now be played on Monday.
The initial plan was to finish the second round early Saturday morning and go right into the third round in hopes of a Sunday finish. Play did resume, but only briefly. Heavy winds caused major issues, especially on the greens where balls blew around as players tried to putt. That forced officials to blow the horn and stop play. It took more than 10 hours for the wind to settle to a point where conditions were playable again. That wiped out any chance of even starting the third round on Saturday. Officials could have tried to jam in 36 holes on Sunday, but opted for a Monday finish instead. Tradition played a factor in that decision as every player at the British Open begins his round at the No. 1 tee. That makes for longer days and essentially no chance to play more than 18 holes.
Other than being played on a Sunday, the third round will have a normal feel. The field will be ordered as it would for any third round and every player will step to the first tee to begin the day. Television coverage will be the same as was scheduled for Saturday, with the ESPN broadcast beginning at 7 a.m. ET and running until 3 p.m., depending on when the final group finishes.
Dustin Johnson will begin the final round in the lead after managing a 69 in his second round. He sits at 10-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of the field. That bodes well for Johnson's chance to win as the last seven players to hold the 36-hole lead in a major went on to win. Johnson will be joined in the final group by Danny Willett, who finished his second round on Friday and had the advantage of resting all day Saturday. Zach Johnson, Adam Scott and Jason Day are among the players within three shots of the lead heading into the third round. Jordan Spieth is five shots off the lead. He's played well from tee to green, but hasn't putted especially well. He had five three-putts in his second round, the first time he's had more than two in a round this season.
In addition to the extended television coverage, ESPN will also provide multiple online streams to follow the action. They include a stream of the International BBC coverage as well as featured hole and featured group streams. No. 17 will once again be a pivotal hole as it poses the biggest challenge on the course. Viewers will be able to watch every player go through the "Road Hole" test with a dedicated stream.
Here is the complete look at third round coverage. All times Eastern.
Third round coverage
7 a.m. to conclusion (~3 p.m.) -- ESPN
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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