Rain, wind shorten fi­nal LPGA ma­jor

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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.

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