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The only thing more shocking than the photos of Carnoustie flooding on Sunday is the fact play resumed on Monday

October 09, 2023

Miraculously, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is only running a day behind of schedule. Southern Scotland was pounded by storms over the weekend, drenching the region and flooding the tournament’s trio of courses. Carnoustie Golf Links, however, bore the brunt of the weather, and by Sunday afternoon the iconic track sat mostly underwater. Check out the incredible scenes below.

Truly shocking. Needless to say, the weather across the golf world hasn’t been great this year. We’ve seen flooding, but also blankets of eerie wildfire smog along the U.S.’s eastern seaboard, massive funnel clouds swirling over the Midwest and Titleist-sized hail destroying a local C.C. in Minnesota. The good news, though, is that despite the grim outlook for Carnoustie on Sunday, the grounds crew worked through the night and play restarted mid-Monday morning local time. It was still pretty soggy, but any golf is better than no golf.


Stephen Pond


Stephen Pond


Stephen Pond


Stephen Pond


Stephen Pond

The storm system wreaked havoc across Scotland throughout the weekend, leading to over 50 flood warnings, countless power outages and even one confirmed tornado. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was the least of anyone’s concerns, but the fact tournament is set to conclude on Monday is a little silver lining to one whopper of a rain cloud. Matthew Fitzpatrick, fresh off a big Ryder Cup performance, is the leader in the clubhouse at -19 and looks poised for another win. We're no meteorlogists, but perhaps his hot play helped to dry out the course.