British Open Round 4 Weather Forecast: Wild Weather Forcing Sunday Schedule Change
Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports.
- Steady rain in Sunday's forecast has forced a schedule change for the final round of the British Open, with leaders teeing off shortly before 2 p.m. local time.
- Rain and high winds are still going to negatively impact the leaders, it's just a matter of whether someone can catch Shane Lowry (-16), who holds a four shot lead.
After two straight rounds with some on-and-off precipitation, Saturday’s Round 3 was dry and even sunny at times! In fact, it was probably a bit too nice, as the lack of rain and light afternoon winds allowed for some low scores, led by Shane Lowry’s course-record 63, which put him four strokes clear of Tommy Fleetwood heading into Sunday’s final round.
For those of you that want to see the golf course eat up and spit out these pros, you’re going to like Sunday a lot more than Saturday. However, the elements are actually going to be a little too extreme…
Sunday tee times have been moved forward due to the adverse weather forecast. The first tee time will be at 7:32am with the leaders beginning their final round at 1.47pm #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/5SHjs3SACX
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 20, 2019
Royal Portrush is throwing everything it can at golfers on Sunday, but the powers that be are going to moving up tee times by a couple of hours. This doesn’t save the leaders from ugly weather, though.
While the first two rounds featured extended dry periods, it’s going to be raining more often than not during the final round. Light rain in the morning, beginning around 10 local time, will give way to steady rain in the afternoon. The leaders likely won’t see many, if any, dry periods of play.
As if the rain wasn’t bad enough, winds will be the worst they’ve been all week, giving players even more of a tough time. The schedule change gives morning players a significant advantage when it comes to wind, as they’ll start out playing in ~10 mph, while the leaders are going to be teeing off in 20 mph sustained winds.
Furthermore, gusts will be between 30 and 35 mph in the 2-6 p.m. window, which could cause the leaders to fall back towards the pack.
If the leaders were all closer to -10, this tourney could be wide open. However, Lowry’s big lead limits the possibilities, as those teeing off earlier in the day still need to play in some ugly weather themselves.
Lowry will essentially just need to hold on and not play horrendously to stay ahead of the majority of the field.