The Open 2015: BBC TV coverage on Monday will mean only final five pairings will be screened in full

Morning TV staples, including Bargain Hunt and Homes Under the Hammer, remain on the schedule

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The Open will be played on Monday for only the second time in the tournament's 144-year history and the BBC will be there to cover it - but only in full for the final five pairings.

Weather badly disrupted this year's tournament, but following rain and high winds, things blew back on course at St Andrews with a brilliant day of golf on Sunday that saw the third round end in a three-way tie for the lead - including an amateur from Ireland.

But with golf fans enthralled with the action ahead of 'people's Monday', the BBC's TV coverage will begin too late for viewers to see the majority of the players' fourth rounds in full.

Coverage on BBC One begins at 1.45pm, meaning only the final five pairings can be screened in their entirety. Among those that viewers will be denied seeing tee-off at the first hole includes Danny Willett, England's leading light for most of the weekend, who starts at 1.30pm. Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson are among the other contenders that will not be shown in full.

Full coverage on Radio 5 will begin at 1pm.


The decision by the BBC not to begin earlier in the day, as it did on Sunday with coverage beginning at 11am, is good news for fans of Homes Under the Hammmer, Heir Hunters and Bargain Hunt - which will all be shown as normal on Monday morning.

At least those watching The Open in the flesh can benefit from the tournament being pushed back a day, with tickets available for just £10.

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