My Dunhill Diary - Saturday

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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.

Alfred Dunhill Links
A sign informs everyone play is canceled for Saturday. (Getty Images)
After two nice days at Carnoustie and St Andrews, the wind really whipped up for our trip to Kingsbarns. I arrived at the course about 75 minutes ahead of our tee time to find most players lounging around the clubhouse and hospitality tent. European Tour officials deemed the winds too strong for play and too dangerous for volunteers and television production staff to be out working on the course. There was little dispute:  golf was not a good idea in this weather.

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.


Related Links:
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