Rain, wind shorten final LPGA major
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Rain and strong winds forced Thursday’s play to be scrapped at the final women’s golf major of the season, which will start afresh on Friday as a 54-hole event.
LPGA Tour commissioner Michael Whan said what little play was achieved Thursday morning at the Evian Championship is wiped from the record.
Whan announced the abandonment almost 4½ hours after players had been called off the windswept course overlooking Lake Geneva.
“Nobody even played half a round,” Whan said, adding that a 54-hole championship finishing Sunday offered the “cleanest, fairest, most competitive” option.
“We know that if we said 72 holes and we start again (Friday), we’re probably looking at Monday and Tuesday, and that’s not great for anyone,” Whan said.
The weather forecast is for “pretty good” playing conditions for the next two days and some more rain Sunday, Whan said, noting that 45 mph (72 km/h) gusts were experienced Thursday.
The leaderboard was headed by So Yeon Ryu of South Korea and Jessica Korda of the United States on two-under. Ryu finished five holes while Korda played eight.
A restart was good news for Ai Miyazato, the former No. 1 from Japan playing her final event before retiring. The 2009 and 2011 Evian champion was three-over through six holes.