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Dublin: 2 °C Saturday 14 December, 2019
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Graeme McDowell has started the third round of the Open with four birdies

The winds aren’t as strong as yesterday but it’s set to be a damp day at St Andrews.

Gmac is on the move.
Gmac is on the move.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Updated at 9.55am

THE THIRD ROUND of the Open at St Andrews is underway after high winds caused havoc on Saturday.

One of the worst delays in the championship’s history forced organisers to announce that the final round would be held on Monday for just the second time.

The 36 players yet to conclude their second round eventually did on Saturday evening after a delay of nearly 11 hours at the Old Course.

When play did eventually resume, Dustin Johnson battled the elements to retain his lead from Danny Willett, 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and Australian Jason Day.

Amateur Paul Dunne fronts the Irish challenge on six-under par, four shots off the lead, and he begins his third round at 2.20pm alongside Louis Oosthuizen who was the winner the last time the Open was staged at St Andrews.

22-year-old Dunne is currently the leading amateur and is two ahead of American Jordan Niebrugge in the face for the coveted Silver Medal at the halfway stage.

Scott Arnold and David Duval were first off this morning at 8.15am and the leaders will begin their third round at 3pm.

Graeme McDowell, who is playing with Ross Fisher, started at 8.45am and has surged up the leaderboard with birdies on four of his opening five holes.

He’s now on four-under par, six shots off the lead. Pádraig Harrington tees-off at 12.55pm alongside Martin Kaymer.

Updates to follow throughout the day and a live leaderboard can be found here.

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