Madeira Islands Open canceled because of bad weather

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After four straight days of inclement weather, the European Tour's Madiera Islands Open in Portugal was finally canceled Sunday.

The event had already been shortened to 54 and then 36 holes as a result of heavy winds, dense fog and sustained rains that resulted in a flooded golf course. 

“The Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI is a hugely important event for The European Tour so it is disappointing for everyone concerned that we have been forced to cancel this week," Kieth Waters, the tour's chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Per that same statement, the European Tour is already in talks "with the sponsors and host venue to reschedule the event for another week in The 2015 Race to Dubai schedule."

Play never began Thursday and was halted Friday, before players finally completed the first round Saturday, with Denmark's Joachim B. Hansen in the lead thanks to a 4-under 68.

This is just the third time a European Tour event has ever been canceled, following the 1998 Compaq European Grand Prix, because of weather, and the 2001 WGC-American Express Championship, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

This is the second straight year that weather has hammered the Madiera Islands Open, which was shortened to 36 holes in 2014.