Backlash against Open organisers decision to push forward final round tee times 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.
Why? Isn’t golf an outdoor sport against the course and the elements. What’s next, use a simulator inside?— mjl73 (@longy987) July 21, 2019
Ridiculous. Leave it as is. Best golfer wins.— Colin Alexander (@cdfalexander) July 21, 2019
We want absolute carnage— Daniel Tubb (@jdtubb) July 20, 2019
Shooting straight at the pins with no risk of a breath of wind or heaven forbid a spot of rain.....this is not the open as we know it. Poor call. #Dull— averyniceday (@averyniceday) July 20, 2019
Had three days of hearing about ‘luck of the draw’ and links golf being the ultimate test. Don’t see why that doesn’t apply on Sunday. Not as if it’s a thunderstorm safety issue.— Alan Hazlie (@alanhazlie) July 20, 2019
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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