Farce as rain wipes out scores and re­duces ma­jor to 54 holes

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Specsavers County Championship - By James Cor­ri­gan GOLF COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Evian Cham­pi­onship’s sta­tus as a ma­jor was held up to ridicule yes­ter­day when, for the sec­ond time in five years, the French tour­na­ment was re­duced to 54 holes to en­sure it fin­ishes on Sun­day.

And the sce­nario was made all the more far­ci­cal when the day’s scores were wiped out, de­spite the women’s world No1 So Yeon Ryu stand­ing on two-un­der af­ter six holes and world No3 Sung Hyun Park at six-over through five.

Jes­sica Korda was also on twounder when the hooter sounded and on hear­ing her ef­forts in the tor­ren­tial rain and high winds had been in vain, the Amer­i­can’s ver­dict was suc­cinct. “It sucks,” Korda said.

Char­lie Rymer, the for­mer PGA Tour pro, agreed: “It’s a very bad call – you don’t take golf off the board that’s al­ready been played in a ma­jor. Ma­jors are played over 72 holes and this in­di­cates that this event is not be­ing treated with the grav­ity it de­serves. It’s not good for the women’s game.”

When the Evian was granted ma­jor sta­tus in 2013 it was moved from July to Septem­ber and has since raised con­tin­ual con­tro­versy, with the course over­look­ing Lake Geneva not con­sid­ered good enough and the date is plainly risky.

Mike Whan, the LPGA chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Some peo­ple will def­i­nitely not like it and I’ll take the brunt of that. That’s OK.”

At the BMW Cham­pi­onship in Chicago, Rory Mcil­roy’s woes con­tin­ued with a one-over 72 that left him 10 shots be­hind the first-round leader, Aus­tralia’s Marc Leish­man.

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