Open to employ two-tee start

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a birdie putt on the 17th green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014
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The Open Championship will employ a two-tee start for the first time after heavy storms were forecast to hit Royal Liverpool.

The Open Championship will use a two-tee start for the first time in the tournament's history on Saturday.

Tee times have been restructured after heavy storms were forecast to hit Royal Liverpool.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 9am from both the first and 10th tee, with the field split into groups of three rather than two.

A statement from the R&A said: "The Met Office's onsite forecasters believe that there is a significant risk of thunderstorms and heavy rain, which will interrupt play."

Rory McIlroy stretched his lead to four shots following a second consecutive 66 at Hoylake.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a birdie putt on the 17th green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014
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