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Open to finish on Monday for only second time ever

High winds have stopped play. Credit: PA

The Open Championship will have a Monday finish for only the second time in its history after high winds postponed play on Saturday.

With 42 golfers still to complete their second rounds - having managed just 32 minutes' play after returning at 7am this morning before being blown off St Andrews' Old Course - there is no possibility of completing the remainder of the tournament in time.

Organisers the R&A made the decision to extend the event into a fifth day with the plan to finish round two on Saturday, and the third and fourth rounds to follow on Sunday and Monday.

Open suspended until mid-afternoon because of high winds

High winds have stopped play. Credit: PA

High winds have forced the postponement of the 144th Open with no resumption before 3pm - raising the realistic prospect of a Monday finish for only the second time in the championship's history.

Forty-two players returned to the Old Course at St Andrews to resume their second rounds - as a result of three-hour rain delay yesterday morning - at 7am on Saturday but were literally blown off course.

Play was only possible for 32 minutes before gusts of 45mph started moving balls on the greens and the decision was made to the take the players back off.

Lee Westwood tops Open leaderboard after third day

Lee Westwood will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 142nd Open Championship after a rollercoaster third day at Muirfield.

That means Tiger Woods will have to make history to win his 15th major title and deny the Englishman a first at the 62nd attempt after failing to keep pace with his playing partner on a dramatic afternoon.

Lee Westwood currently has a two-shot lead at Muirfield. Credit: Press Association

Westwood carded an eagle and three birdies in a round of 70 that left him atop the leaderboard on three under par, with Woods (72) and fellow American Hunter Mahan (68) the only other players in red figures on one under.

"I know what to expect tomorrow," Westwood said. "I know what to do, I know what it takes.

"It's just a case of believing you are good enough to win. When you analyse it, you don't want to say it, but tomorrow is just another 18 holes. I'm playing well and putting well and there's no reason why I can't carry on.


Clegg: 'Inexplicable' Muirfield does not accept women

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he found it "inexplicable in this day and age" that Muirfield golf club, which is holding the Open Championship, does not allow women members.

File photo of Nick Clegg. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

On his LBC 97.3 phone-in show, Mr Clegg said: "I was just dismayed and incredibly surprised to hear this still goes on in this day and age.

"I find it so out of step with everything else that's happening in the rest of society. It just seems so old fashioned and so anachronistic to just have a golf club saying that just because you are a woman you can't be a member of that club.

"I think many people will just shake their head and say 'how on earth is this still possible in this day and age?'."

He added: "I'm dismayed the club does not accept women as members. I find that inexplicable in this day and age, I really do."

Sexism row grows ahead of the Open Championship

A growing row on sexism has been ignited within the world of golf ahead of tomorrow's Open Championship.

Organisers have been criticised by politicians and the world number two, Rory McIlroy, for holding the competition in one a club that does not allow women members.

Sports Correspondent Natatlie Pirks reports from Muirfield.

Golf governing chief: Sexism 'just a way of life'

Peter Dawson, the chief executive of golf's governing body, Royal and Ancient, has defended the decision to hold tomorrow's Open Championship at a men-only club.

Asked by ITV Sports Correspondent Natalie Pirks why racism was unacceptable within the sport but sexism was clearly acceptable, he said:

"It is just a way of life that some of these people like, and realistically that is all it is."

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