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Wind halts play in british open

HIGH winds at Hoylake caused the suspension of play in the second round of the Ricoh Women's British Open yesterday morning, writes LIAM KELLY.

Play stopped at 8.18 due to 50mph gusts. Second-round scores of 36 players who were involved in the one hour's play that took place were declared null and void and the second round was scheduled to restart this morning at 6.50.

A statement was issued by Susan Simpson, Ladies' Golf Union tournament director, saying: "The competitors began their round in extremely adverse weather conditions and conditions subsequently worsened. It would have been unfair to those competitors not to declare play null and void and cancel all scores for the round in question."

Ireland's only two competitors, amateur Leona Maguire and LET professional Rebecca Codd, carded 75 (+3) and 77 (+5) respectively in Thursday's first round. Joint leaders are Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu on 70 (-2), both from South Korea.

Tournament officials hope to get round two completed this morning, and then 65 plus ties will make the cut for the last two rounds.

An extension of play to Monday has not been ruled out, but it is hoped to finish the Open tomorrow as scheduled.

Women's British Open,

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Irish Independent