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The bad weather forecast for the weekend has arrived at Royal St George’s, and the players face a tough day ahead.

The bad weather forecast for the weekend has arrived at Royal St George’s, and the players face a tough day ahead.

71 players have made the cut at the Open Championship, with only seven shots seperating them, but the early starters have their work cut out from them if they’re to put any pressure on the leaders – though they will be facing similar conditions when they finally get out on the course.

The forecast of heavy rain and rough winds has proven all too accurate on Saturday morning, and some holes, like the par-four fourth, are playing particularly tough.

The 495-yard hole, which features the infamous “Himalayas bunker – a 40-foot high monster which should be avoided at all costs – is already causing plenty of trouble for the players out on the course.

Amateur Reg Glading discovered the danger of the that bunker back in the final of the English Amateur Championship in 1979, after his ball lodged near the top and under the lip.

He climbed the hill, took a swing, and fell head over heels back down the slope.

With the fourth playing straight into the wind today, the tee had been moved forward, but it still could not prevent the first five players completing the hole in a cumulative 10 over par.

Australia’s Matthew Millar, who was in the first group out at 8:55am, took a six, while 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and Gregory Bourdy took seven and six respectively as well.

Players champion KJ Choi also took a double-bogey six, while his playing partner Paul Casey managed an almost respectable bogey five.

With the weather set to stay bad for most of the day, some players could potentially see their Open challenge disintegrate on this unforgiving hole.

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