Wind, rain force an extra day of golf at British Open

THE British Open is set to finish on a Monday for just the second time - and first since 1988 - after torrential rain and gale force winds played havoc with the second round at St Andrews.

Rain turned parts of Old Course into a lake on Friday, with 42 players forced to come back on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds.

And that was when the problems really started.

With winds gusting up to 75kph, officials sent the players onto the course at 7am for what turned out to be 32 minutes before it was obvious any more play was impossible. In that time, just 52 holes were completed for a combined 21 over par, with only three birdies.

They eventually got back out later in the afternoon, American Dustin Johnson (10-under) managing to hang on to a one-shot lead from Englishman Danny Willett.

Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott were in a tie for fourth at seven-under.