Golf: Bluster disrupts Women's British Open
Hoylake, England • Play was called off for the day at the Women's British Open on Friday because of strong wind that disrupted the second round so badly that organizers declared early scores "null and void."
With wind gusting to 60 mph at Royal Liverpool, players struggled to keep the ball on the tees and greens. Play was suspended at 8:25 a.m. with 36 players on the course, and the round was called off at 2 p.m.
"I think it's only the right thing to do," Norwegian star Suzann Pettersen said. "The conditions were unreasonable. â¦ I don't think from the players' perspective that there was any other outcome. It wasn't just unfair conditions. It was unplayable."
England's Felicity Johnson started with a quintuple-bogey 9. American Cristie Kerr's ball blew off the 12th tee three times. Co-leader So Yeon Ryu bogeyed her only hole, the 10th, before play was stopped.
"It would have been unfair to those competitors not to declare play null and void and cancel all scores for the round in question," Ladies Golf Union tournament director Susan Simpson said.
"The competitors began their round in extremely adverse weather conditions and conditions subsequently worsened despite our belief that they would remain stable."
The second round is scheduled to restart early Saturday, with conditions forecast to be more playable. Organizers said the cut will be reduced from 65 and ties to 50 and ties.
The final two rounds are set for Sunday with a two-tee start and no redraw between rounds.
Michelle Wie, one of the tallest players in the field, saw a lighter side.
"I think it's one day that's really good to be short, because I felt like a flagpole out there," she said.
With strong wind forecast for Monday, officials hope the tournament will not extend to a fifth day.
Ryu and fellow South Korean player Haeji Kang topped the leaderboard at 2-under 70.
Australia's Peter Senior shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's inaugural Hawaii Championship in Kapolei. Jay Don Blake and Bill Glasson were tied for second.