Sobel: Earlier Tee Times Offer an Advantage to British Open Leader Shane Lowry


Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Shane Lowry stands with caddy Bo Martin at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

  • Golfers and fans come to expect a rainy and messy weekend at The Open Championship.
  • Jason Sobel explains why some changes to Sunday's schedule could change that.

There are some inarguable blasphemies within the game of golf.

Using one of those abacus things to count up your total strokes. Dressing like Rickie Fowler when you’re twice his age. Yelling “Baba-booey!” after your own tee shot, while playing by yourself. Moving up tee times due to impending weather at The Open Championship, when “impending weather” is the best thing about it.

And yet, that exact blasphemy — the last one on that list — will occur Sunday, as the R&A has rescheduled the final round to begin an hour earlier due to expected heavy rain and wind in the afternoon.

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