Dunhill Links with cold, rain and wind like hell



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Dunhill Links with cold, rain and wind like hell

Before noon, in the green Kingsbarns log cabin across from their clubhouse, the soup-filled clay pots come down at breakneck speed. It is the momentary refuge of all those who finish the 18th hole, which is not the last for the vast majority as it has been shot, all at the same time and each one from a different tee.

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It is the license that the director of the Dunhill Links has allowed the competitors on a day of dogs, wind and abundant rain. "We're going to the limit," acknowledges Pello Iguarán, the caddy of 2018 British Open winner Francesco Molinari, as he warms up sipping a glass of spicy meat soup.

The day is Dantesque. The Italian golfer has not been able to reach the green of the 18th in two shots, despite the fact that the tee has been advanced 30 meters to compensate for the headwind and he is barely 380 meters. Molinari is one of the best players in extreme game conditions.

He goes +1 on the day after 10 endless holes. More than three hours of game. He will finish with 73 shots, one over par. Next to him, the slight Gianfranco Zola, who this tournament until Saturday is also played by celebrities teaming up with his professional, asks him where he can buy another piece of clothing because his jersey is soaked.

Fine as when he dribbled, the former soccer player wants to lend him a blanket. McIlroy, minutes later, arrives at the building at +3 on Friday. And he arrives with the happiness that the castaways reach the shore, surely helped because he forms a team with his father.

And that compensates for many things, although halfway through the tournament his position, 42, does not correspond to the intentions of the world number 2. The only one from Kingsbarns who is left over is the local Robert Macintyre (70 at the end) The Scottish left-hander, who does not have a break in the cabin because he started on hole 1, is three under par after 11.

"There have been times when that it wasn't even golf," he reveals. "Seeing what there was, I chose to laugh, which is the attitude with which I play the best." If on Thursday they played 133 players under par, on Friday only 15 are playing.

And they will decrease. None of the Spanish. The best standing is Alfredo García-Heredia, Jon Rahm's friend from Madrid, who marches alongside Carnoustie, a hellish field on Friday. He will finish at 75 (+3). Rafa Cabrera, who defends the Spanish Open title next week, throws 82 shots.

Arnaus and Otaegui, 80. The Old Course at St. Andrews is no less penalized either. The carp clatter like loose change in a washing machine drum in the wind. The rain is already horizontal. Nacho Elvira, who was fifth at dawn, will finish tenth with 76 shots.

Four bogeys. Not even a birdie in a field from 1764. There are jewels that do not age. Three more hours of storm leave a spectacular part. More than 650 shots over par in the accumulated, only eight cards under par. One of those who achieves it is Padraig Harrington (71) with 51 years.