It seemed a pretty simple decision: for several days dangerous, perhaps unprecedented summer storms with possible lightning were forecast for Saturday at The Open. The R&A moved up tee times, anticipating possible stoppages in play to ensure a good portion or all of the round could be completed.
The weather mostly cooperated and not long after play ended, a deluge fell that would have stopped play because of standing water on the greens and some thunderstorm possibilities. Play could have resumed arond 5:30 pm BST, but in that time the leaders would have played a few holes in very poor weather. Players largely endorsed the decision.
Great debate has broken out over what a gift this was to Rory McIlroy, who holds a six stroke lead with many suggesting he missed having to play in the kind of Open Championship weather that other champions have had to survive. Others feel this was a common sense call to ensure fan safety and getting 72-holes completed by Sunday night.