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R&A confirms Monday finish for The Open at St Andrews

The R&A announces that the final round of The Open will be played on Monday because of the rain and high-wind delays at St Andrews.

The R&A has announced that the final round of The Open at St Andrews will be played on Monday for just the second time in the tournament's history.

Yesterday's second round was delayed by three hours because of rain, meaning that 42 players could not finish because of the fading light.

They returned early this morning to complete their rounds, but only half an hour of play was managed before the high winds became too strong and were blowing balls off the green.

The conditions have not let up on the East coast of Scotland, so the R&A has decided to just finish the second rounds today and then play the third round tomorrow before finishing on Monday.

"The forecasts predict a drop in wind speeds between 3 and 4pm (today). Play is expected to resume at 4pm, providing acceptable wind speeds," the R&A said on Twitter.

"The intention is to complete the second round today with round to be played on Sunday and the final round to be played on Monday.

"An announcement regarding Saturday and Monday tickets will be made shortly."

America's Dustin Johnson, who still has three holes of his second round to complete, and England's Danny Willett currently sit top of the leaderboard on nine-under-par, one clear of 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and two ahead of a group of five players on seven-under that includes the last man to win The Open at St Andrews, Louis Oosthuizen.

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