ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The hotel I’m staying in this week has a large atrium which is the only spot I can receive mobile phone service and is also the location for breakfast each morning. As you can imagine, I’ve spent a little bit of time in this area and have heard many easy listening classics which breeze across the large airy space. This morning while I was eating my breakfast I noticed they were playing “What a difference a day makes” – how true those lyrics were for Saturday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The gusts were over 60 mph with a steady wind between 25-30 mph. It was so strong that opening a car door into the wind took quite an effort. Sign boards blew down and tents were buckling.
Despite these tough conditions, my partner, Mikko Ilonen, called for a light team practice session. We hit a few balls on the range and did some chipping and bunker play. We were joined by our playing partners Sam Hutsby and Weston Quasha, along with pros Alvaro Quiros, David Howell and Robert Karlsson, who opted to pass some of the time working on their games. As long as you didn’t watch where the ball finished, it was fine.
With the weather improving overnight, tournament officials have moved Saturday’s schedule to Sunday and will use Monday to finish the event. This had many amateurs scrambling for the mobile phones trying to find out whether they could switch their Monday engagements. I dare say we may see some amateur players absent on Monday even if they make the cut.
Watch third-round coverage of the Alfred Dunhill Links on Golf Channel Sunday at 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET and final-round coverage Monday at 7 a.m. - noon.
Dunhill Diary, Part 5: Second round at the Old Course
Dunhill Diary, Part 4: First round at Carnoustie
Dunhill Diary, Part 3: Practice at the Old Course
Dunhill Diary, Part 2: Dry clothes and Draw Party
Dunhill Diary, Part 1: Big Stars ... and Me