July 18, 2015 - 8:39am
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For the first time since 1988, weather conditions are going to force a Monday finish at the Open Championship.

Weather has not been cooperative at St. Andrews this week.

As a result, the Open Championship will see its first Monday finish since 1988 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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The R&A announced just before 8:30 a.m. ET that second round play would not resume on Saturday before 11 a.m. ET.

The plan is to complete the second round on Saturday, play the third round on Sunday and get the final round in on Monday.

 

 

Open Championship to have first Monday finish since 1988
July 18, 2015 - 6:42am
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Louis Oosthuizen
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The wind has been brutal at St. Andrews on Saturday. Before play was delayed, check out what happened to Louis Oosthuizen as he was about to attempt a short putt on the 13th green.

One of the many aspects that makes the Open Championship one of the tournaments of the year is the fact that -- in most cases -- the players will endure weather conditions they don't see most of the year.

Let's face it -- with few exceptions -- players on the PGA Tour pretty much chase the sun.

That said, what happened at St. Andrews on Saturday morning for the resumption of the second round was downright ugly.

Players were bundled up like they were preparing to summit Mount Everest. And the winds were probably similar to what they'd experience on Mount Everest.

RELATED: What happens if the wind moves your ball? Here's the rule

Check out this attempted putt on the 13th green by 2010 Open Champ Louis Oosthuizen, for example:

 

Just watch what happens. All the way to the end!

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As you can see, his initial putt was a little more than a foot from the hole. Then, a gust of wind sent it closer to the hole.

According to the Rules of Golf, decision 18-1/12, the wind is not considered an "outside agency." Therefore, when the wind blows the ball, the player must play from its new position. That would have benefitted Oosthuizen.

However, while he attempted to confirm with an official that he play from the new position, another gust of wind sent the ball five feet further away.

Understandably, Oosthuizen wasn't too happy. Play was suspended before he could strike the ensuing putt. 

Wind blows Oosthuizen's ball on St. Andrews green
July 17, 2015 - 12:36pm
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Danny Lee
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Danny Lee could only laugh at the conditions he encountered for his early tee time at St. Andrews on Friday. So, he made this video.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

When life gives you rains of biblical proportions at St. Andrews, be like Danny Lee and make funny Twitter videos.

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Lee, who recently won for the first time on the PGA Tour, had an early tee time for the second round of the Open Championship on Friday.

The weather was terrible, so the horn to suspend play hadn't been blown yet. So, Lee took to the practice green to roll some putts before heading out (you can even hear Ivor Robson -- the announcer on the first tee -- in the background).

Here's what it looked like:

 

Cue the, "I don't think the heavy stuff is coming for a while," jokes.

After a 3-hour, 14-minute delay, play resumed and Lee followed up Thursday's 1-over 73 with a 2-over 74 and it looks like he may miss the cut. 

Lee puts early Friday conditions at St. Andrews in perspective
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Friday morning's rain at St. Andrews looked a lot like the rain at the 2014 PGA Championship.

In the spirit of #FlashbackFriday, the morning rain delay at the second round of the Open Championship reminded us of another massive rainstorm that delayed play during a major: the storm that disrupted play during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship. 

In case you need a quick reminder of last year's storm, a downpour caused a two-hour delay near the middle of Sunday's action at Valhalla. That of course set up the dramatic finish as Rory McIlroy captured the Wanamaker Trophy on as darkness was closing in.

So how do those two compare? We'll show you in the form of photos, videos and GIFs.

Coverage: 2015 Open Championship | 2014 PGA Championship

Amount of rain: A lot

As you can see, the rain literally caused some cups to flood over at Valhalla.

 

 

Meanwhile at St. Andrews, you can see the rain left some new obstacles on the course. 

 

 

If you are just getting up, you missed a bit of rain at St. Andrews this morning.

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

 

Reaction: Amusement

Lee Westwood stayed nice and dry at the Open, and was able to show a before-and-after pic of the Old Course. 

 

 

Before & after. What a difference a day makes!

A photo posted by Lee Westwood (@westwood_lee) on

 

Sergio Garcia clearly didn't find the rain funny last year. 

 

 

Wildlife: Plenty of birds

Turns out both real ducks...

 

 

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

 

And their rubber versions...

 

 

Enjoy the wet conditions on a golf course.

Cleanup: Lot of hard work

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann even got involved in the effort to dry out Valhalla. 

 

 

The St. Andrews grounds crew used the time-trusted squeegee method. 

 

 

Rain at '15 Open Championship vs. '14 PGA Championship
July 17, 2015 - 9:18am
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John Daly
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We all know John Daly likes his cigarettes. On Friday on the range at St. Andrews, the 1995 Open Champion invented an interesting way to put his cigarette out.

Well, this is an interesting way to put out a cigarette.

Check out John Daly on the range at St. Andrews today before the start of his second round to the Open Championship.

RELATED: Open Championship leaderboard | Friday's photos | Complete coverage

Perhaps playing it up for the camera, Daly flicks his cigarette just in front of his golf ball before launching both.

Love the commentary, "John Daly is really smoking it on the range."

h/t Chris Chaney 

Daly 'really smoking it' on the range
July 17, 2015 - 6:38am
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A weather delay in the Open Championship? Are you kidding? Well, once you see the video and images from St. Andrews, you'll understand that it's a miracle there was only a delay.

If you're just waking up and hearing about the hours-long weather delay at St. Andrews in the second round of the Open Championship, you might be scratching your head and wondering what this world is coming to.

A weather delay? In Scotland? Over a little wee rain? That doesn't make any sense!

RELATED: Open Championship leaderboard | Thursday's photos | Complete coverage

Perhaps this video of what the grounds crew needed to do to get the course back in shape will put it all in perspective:

 

That is a lot of the wet stuff. Hats off to the crew working tirelessly to get the course in shape to play at all.

You've got to think the big hitters are licking their chops this morning. They already have an advantage at St. Andrews. Now, with a soft links course that isn't getting a lot of roll, they can tee it high and let it fly.

Here are some images too: 

 

Massive amounts of rain pound St. Andrews