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Rain cancels St. Andrews charity event

St. Andrews, Scotland -- Heavy rain forced the cancellation of a four-hole charity event Wednesday at St. Andrews in Scotland, site of this week's British Open.

Thousands of fans who expected to watch golf legends compete in the Champions Challenge at St. Andrews were disappointed by weather that may be typical of the tournament's early rounds, The Scotsman reported.

Rains were expected to continue overnight Thursday but let up in time for the 6:30 a.m. tee-off of the Open's first golfers, with only light winds predicted.

After that, however, weather conditions were expected to worsen. Meteorologists predict that after a rainy morning Friday the notoriously windy course will be buffeted by gusts of up to 30 mph.

"It's just brutal out there," British golfer Nick Faldo told The Scotsman.

American legend Arnold Palmer, 80, also was to have played in the charity challenge. He told reporters the conditions reminded him of his first visit to St. Andrews for the 1960 British Open.

"The wind blew, it rained, and I said something about it then and it got the same answer: 'Hey, this is Scotland, you've got to expect it,'" he said.

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