British Open Play Suspended by Rain, Flooding on Course

The Flooded 18th Hole
The scoreboard on the flooded 18th hole fairway prior to the second round of the 144th Open Championship on July 17. Photographer: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Golf’s British Open will restart at 10 a.m. local time after play was suspended Friday by heavy rains and flooding on the course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

“It is confirmed that play will resume at 10 a.m. with a one tee start,” the organizers said on the Open website. “Casual Water Rule will apply.”

Play was delayed because of puddles and standing water on the course, Gordon Moir, the Old Course’s director of greenskeeping, told the British Broadcasting Corp. He said staff would be working with squeegees and pumps to remove excess water.

Dustin Johnson, the overnight leader at 7-under par, is scheduled to tee off at 2:34 p.m. Johnson, whose final-hole collapse at the U.S. Open allowed Jordan Spieth to win his second major golf title, leads his fellow American by two shots heading into the second round of the British Open.

Zach Johnson and Danny Willett, both among a group of six men a shot behind Dustin Johnson, were scheduled to tee off around 8 a.m. Spieth, who is halfway to a grand slam after his victories at the U.S. Open and the Masters, tees off alongside Dustin Johnson this afternoon.

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