High Winds Force Suspension of Third-Round Play at RICOH Women's British Open

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Metal crowd fences blown overby the high winds as play is suspended due to high winds during the third round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at the Old Course, St Andrews on August 3, 2013 in St Andrews, Scotland.

The third round of the RICOH Women’s British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews was suspended on Saturday due to high winds that resulted in unplayable course conditions. Play is scheduled to resume at 6:15 a.m. local time on Sunday morning with seven groups left to tee off in the third round.
 
A total of nine players had finished the third round when play was initially suspended at 12:31 p.m. local time. A wind gust of 40 mph resulted in five players almost simultaneously calling for rulings due to balls moving on the green. A decision was made to halt play shortly thereafter. While officials had hoped to resume play at some point later in the day, the conditions had not drastically improved and the decision was made at 6:00 p.m. to suspend play until Sunday morning.
 
The fourth round is scheduled to start at approximately 8:00 a.m. with the last group expected to tee off around 1:40 p.m. Players will not be repaired for the final round of play.
 
“This is a major championship and every endeavor will be made to finish 72 holes,” said Susan Simpson, Ladies Golf Union (LGU) head of golf operations. “So if we need to go to Monday, then we'll go to Monday.”

Topics: Ricoh Women's British Open

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