Bad weather reduces Scottish Open to 54 holes

Inverness: The Scottish Open was reduced to a three-round event on Saturday due to heavy rain and waterlogging at the Castle Stuart course.

Further morning rain delayed the start of the unfinished second round to at least 1400GMT by which time officials hope spectators will be allowed onto the course.

Over two inches of rain in the Inverness region flooded the course and caused landslips at the first and 12th holes and even if the second round does go ahead, spectators will not be allowed to watch at holes one, two, three, 10 and 12.

If the second round is able to be completed on Saturday, the third and final round will take place on Sunday.

World`s number one and two Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are among the 78 players yet to finish their second rounds, both lying seven-under-par, four shots behind the early leaders, Britons Graeme McDowell, Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford.

Colin Montgomerie -- trying to earn a last-ditch British Open spot for next week -- is five shots off the lead, also still to finish his second round.

The top trio lead the field by a stroke on 11-under after playing morning rounds on Friday.

Bureau report

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