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High winds curtail play at Dunhill Links

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  • Play on Saturday at the Dunhill Links championship has been postponed
  • High winds have forced the organisers to delay the third round until Sunday
  • Rory McIlroy shares the lead with Michael Hoey and Richie Ramsay
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(CNN) -- The third round of the Dunhill Links Championship scheduled for Saturday has been postponed after high winds forced organizers to call off play for the day.

Dunhill Links

Flags strain at the poles as high winds force play to be called off at the Dunhill Links .

St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns were all deemed unplayable because of strong winds, with gusts forecast to reach around 70mph later in the day.

Organizers have now cancelled the day's play at the celebrity pro-am event, with Saturday's third-round tee times moved to Sunday

"Due to high winds, the third round play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been abandoned for the day," said a statement from the tournament organizers.

"The third round will now take place Sunday, October 4, and the final day's play on Monday, October 5 at the Old Course, St Andrews."

On Friday Rory McIlroy had birdied the famous Road Hole 17th at St Andrews -- and added another on the 18th -- to ensure he held a share of the lead at the halfway point.

The 20-year-old Northern Irishman, needing a top-two finish to go to the head of the European money list, is alongside compatriot Michael Hoey and Scot Richie Ramsay on 11-under-par after a he carded 65 in the three-course tournament.

McIlroy, 20, playing with his father Gerry, was set to be the first to tee off on Saturday but after an initial 30-minute delay play was suspended for 24 hours.

The event has 168-teams with the cut coming after 54 holes. The leading 60 professionals and top 20 teams go through to the closing round.

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