Spectators are in for a double helping of golf when the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open re-starts over the Old Course, St Andrews, tomorrow (Sunday).
The third round of the Championship was suspended today (Saturday) due to high winds but that means tomorrow spectators will be able to watch the completion of the third round plus the whole of the fourth round as Korea’s Na Yeon Choi attempts to maintain her half-way lead against Japan’s Miki Saiki.
A total of 18 players are within six shots of lead at the half-way stage and Korea’s Inbee Park is only eight shots back as she bids to claim the fourth leg of an historic Grand Slam.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew is also in the group eight shots behind Choi as she chases her second Ricoh Women’s British Open title but her first on Scottish soil.
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. There will be no re-draw at the end of the third round. Instead the fourth round will start at approximately 08.00, with the last group scheduled to start at 13.40. Officials are aiming to complete the Championship at the original time of 17.50 although that will be entirely dependent on the weather.
BBC TV coverage will commence at 10.30 tomorrow (Sunday) until the end of the third round at 11.30 – 12.00. The plan is for the fourth round world feed to remain as originally scheduled between 14.00 and 18.00.
“I would like to apologise for the disruption to play during today’s third round,” said Susan Simpson, the LGU’s Head of Golf Operations and Tournament Director of the Ricoh Women’s Open.
“It was caused by wind gusting up to 40 miles per hour and resulted in balls moving on several of the more exposed greens”
“Tomorrow, the forecast is for wind gusting roundabout 20 miles an hour. Hopefully it will not be higher than that. Should it start to touch 30, I think we might have another problem, but let’s hope not.”
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.