Lydia Ko to start over as play scrapped at rain-hit women's golf major in France

Lydia Ko hands her caddie a tree branch that had fallen on her as she prepared to play a shot during the first round of ...
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Lydia Ko hands her caddie a tree branch that had fallen on her as she prepared to play a shot during the first round of The Evian Championship.

The holes Lydia Ko did get in at the final women's golf major of the season on Thursday won't count.

Rain and strong winds forced play to be scrapped at the Evian Championship in France, which will start afresh on Friday (Friday night NZ Time) as a 54-hole event.

Ko, who was one-over through four holes when play was abandoned, will tee off from the 10th hole at 6.29pm NZT with Canadian Brooke Henderson and South Korean Kim In Kyung.

LPGA Tour Commissioner Michael Whan said what the little play was achieved on Thursday was wiped from the record.

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Whan announced the abandonment at 2.30pm (12.30am Friday NZT) almost 4 1/2 hours after players had been called off the wind-swept course overlooking Lake Geneva.

"Nobody even played half a round,'' Whan said, adding that a 54-hole championship offered the "cleanest, fairest, most competitive'' option.

"We know that if we said 72 holes and we start again tomorrow (Friday), we're probably looking at Monday and Tuesday, and that's not great for anyone,'' Whan said.

Forecast weather is for "pretty good'' playing conditions for the next two days and some more rain for the final day, Whan said, noting that 72kmh gusts were experienced on Thursday.

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The leaderboard had been headed by top-ranked So Yeon Ryu of South Korea and Jessica Korda of the United States on two-under. Ryu finished five holes while Korda had gone through eight.

A re-start was good news for Ai Miyazato, the former No 1 from Japan playing her final event before retiring. The 2009 and 2011 Evian champion was three-over through six holes.

 - AP

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