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