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The 10th hole proved especially vexing for Fredrik Jacobson on Saturday. (Franklin/Getty Images)

10th hole troublesome and time-consuming

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Two delays caused by the wind moving golf balls around on the exposed 10th green Saturday led to huge back-ups that stretched out the third round to five hours.

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - It took about five hours to play the third round of the Open Championship on Saturday, thanks to two delays on the 10th hole from wind so strong the ball wouldn't stop moving.

The 10th green is among the most exposed at Royal Birkdale, and Anthony Kim was the first victim.

After replacing his ball, he noticed it moved a foot backward, then about 8 feet back, then a long way back. He had to remark it again, leaving himself a much longer birdie putt.

"I waited and wondered if they were going to call play," Kim said, alluding to a delay on the green that took more than 30 minutes, such a long time that "it felt like we played two rounds."

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Even more bizarre was what happened to Fredrik Jacobson.

His ball was in the bunker on No. 10, and when he got ready to step into the sand, he noticed the ball moving.

"The ball was rolling five times in the sand before I walked down in the bunker," Jacobson said. "I was scared of getting a penalty shot if I walked down, because if it counted as addressing the ball and the ball moved ... I could have been standing in that bunker still trying to replace that ball."

Jacobson checked with a rules official, and the discussion caused a huge backup behind them. By the time Greg Norman and K.J. Choi got to the 10th tee, they had to wait 30 minutes.

"I would have refused to play if I was penalized," Jacobson said. "So they made an exception."

Stephen Ames was playing with Jacobson, and he had to wait while finishing off his triple bogey. As usual, Ames held nothing back about how it was handled.

"They had to assess whether it was a penalty or not," Ames said. "The guys didn't know the rules."

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