Gray, soggy start to Round 3 of British Open


HOYLAKE, England – The third round of the Open Championship is off to a predictably gray and soggy start, with tee times pushed up more than four hours in an attempt to complete 54 holes by Sunday. 

The forecast calls for a “significant risk of thundery activity” through at least 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), with conditions improving in the mid-to-late afternoon at Royal Liverpool. Winds are expected to remain steady at 5-8 mph, with occasional gusts up to 25 mph and the possibility of 35-mph winds in the thunderstorms.

There also is a chance of thunderstorms around 8 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

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Play began off both tees and in threesomes at 9 a.m. local time Saturday. The final group of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Francesco Molinari goes off 11:01 a.m.

This is the first time in the 143-year history of the event that the field has started on both Nos. 1 and 10 tees.