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Backlash against Open organisers decision to push forward final round tee times at Royal Portrush

The rain is due to impact heavily on the final day of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush (Niall Carson/PA)
The rain is due to impact heavily on the final day of The Open Championship at Royal Portrush (Niall Carson/PA)

By Adam McKendry at Royal Portrush

The Royal & Ancient, organisers of The Open Championship, have come in for criticism after deciding to move forward tee times for today's fourth round at Royal Portrush.

The decision was taken after the weather forecast predicted heavy rain and potential storms rolling into the north coast in the evening, including winds of around 40mph.

As a result, in order to avoid a potential Monday finish, the R&A announced that tee times would be brought forward, with the leading duo of Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood set to tee off at 1.47pm.

However, that has not been received well by fans, who believe that the players should be forced to play in the tough conditions that are synonymous with The Open.

Lowry takes a four-shot lead into the final round over Fleetwood looking to win his first Major of his career.

The Offaly man will have plenty of big names chasing him down, however, with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler all aiming to put pressure on the leader.

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