Showers to Threaten the Open Championship

By Kevin Byrne, Staff Writer
July 22, 2014; 12:08 AM ET
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Showers will threaten the final round of play at the Open Championship on Sunday.

The tournament is underway and a gusty wind affected play on Friday and occasional rain damped the area on Saturday.

Ahead of the rain on Saturday, the PGA Tour's official website stated that the the forecast prompted officials to use a two-tee start for the first time in the history of the Open Championship.

Sunday will turn out to be a drier day overall for the final round, but isolated showers and possibly a thunderstorm can still be expected. Temperatures highs on Sunday will be near 20 C (68 F).

After dealing with gusty winds on Friday and rain Saturday, Sunday will be a more comfortable day in comparison.

Tiger Woods of the U.S. plays a shot from the bunker near the 15th green during a practice round at Royal Liverpool Golf Club prior to the start of the British Open Golf Championship, in Hoylake, England, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

When asked about the possible impacts of a weather delay, Penn State University Men's Golf Coach Greg Nye told "It's a part of their world, they grow used to it, [but] you never like it".

In the event of a weather delay, players who are struggling will welcome a break, but those playing well will not because they could lose their rhythm.

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Nye told that it's a challenge to resume play, not only from a physical standpoint, but from a mental standpoint as well.

"They try to build that back up through a warmup, but that's a very hard thing to do, because it's not only a physical thing, but it's getting your mind back in that competitive place that it was at," Nye said.

Updated by Meteorologist Adam Douty.


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