Michelle Wie has stated the organisers had no choice but to suspend play early on the second day of the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The charismatic American went out at 07.10 in the company of Spain’s Beatriz Recari and Scotland’s Carly Booth but realised within a hole that play was all but impossible.
Wie spoke to the press after play was suspended for the day and it was announced that the second round would start at 06.50 on Saturday morning.
“I was walking around thinking that in these conditions breaking 90 would be a good score,” said the two-time Solheim Cup player from Hawaii.
“I could barely stand on the 12th tee. I was wobbling all over the place and also saw Cristie (Kerr) almost fall over when she hit a shot. It was really, really, really windy.
“I understand that sometimes you get the luck of the draw, and sometimes you don’t, but this was something different,” she added. “This was simply unplayable. I think that being lucky or unlucky was thrown out the window.”
“It was certainly a day when it was good to be short. I felt like a flagpole out there.”
Wie told the media that competitors were told on the first tee that play might be suspended and that if that happened all scores for the day would be null and void.
“We knew what might happen,” she said. “The Rules official told us on the first tee. We were fully aware.
Wie said she hoped the Championship would still be played over 72-holes.
“It’s the British Open and I’d love to see it played (over) four rounds, whether it goes onto Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, whatever. I would love to stay over here longer. But we’ll see how it goes. You have to take it round by round. It’s their decision to make and I’m just here to play.”
The 36 players who started were a combined 52 over par when play was brought to a holt.