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Women’s British Open Called off Due To Strong Winds

Women’s British Open Called off Due To Strong Winds

The second round of the Women’s British Open was temporarily postponed due to strong gusty winds of about 60 mph that hit Royal Liverpool. The scores obtained earlier that day were proclaimed as null and void by the organizers themselves.

Suzann Petersen, a golf star from Norway said, “I think it’s only the right thing to do. The conditions were unreasonable. … I don’t think from the players’ perspective that there was any other outcome. It wasn’t just unfair conditions. It was unplayable.” Felicity Johnson from England had quintuple-bogey 9 early on while USA’s Cristie Kerr failed three times to putt in the 12th tee.

Ladies Golf Union Tournament Director Susan Simpson said, “The competitors began their round in extremely adverse weather conditions which subsequently worsened despite our belief that they would remain stable. It would have been unfair to those competitors not to declare play null and void and cancel all scores for the round in question.”

United States’ Michelle Wie said, “It was a long day for sure and waiting… Came to the course at 5 a.m. It was dark at that point and I was walking past the third hole and it was raining sideways. I’ve never seen conditions like that in my life. Got there, stopped raining, but the wind kept blowing and blowing and kept getting worse.”

Karen Stupples from England shared, “On the third, my ball started oscillating and it wouldn’t stop. It just sat there and just kept moving and I had to call for an official to come and figure out what the ruling was with that, and she said, `Hit it. Even if it’s oscillating, you can hit it.’ I’m like, `Really?’

The second round was rescheduled the following weekend with more playable forecast.

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