Howling Winds Halt Play In Ireland


The Italian duo of Constantino Rocca and Massimo Florioli are the clubhouse leaders at the North West of Ireland Open as play was suspended due to severe winds.
Over four hours of play was lost because of the howling winds, and officials finally called it with Rocca and Florioli the only players able to be under par. Rocca, who started the day at 4-under, was 3-over through 11 holes and now sits at 1-under par.
Joining him at 1-under is Florioli, who was just a stroke back beginning the third round. He managed to keep the damage to two bogeys as he grab a share of the lead.
It was very tough out there, said Rocca. Extremely tough. Im three over today. Hopefully the wind will ease tomorrow. It was so difficult. You stand over the ball and the wind blows you and then putting is very difficult. Very difficult day.
Half of the players who were able to finish the round shot into the 80s as wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour blasted the Ballyliffin Golf Club in Ireland.
The best round of the day from those who got in all 18 holes, was from former Ryder Cupper Paul Broadhurst, shooting a tough 74 in almost unplayable conditions.
Play will resume tomorrow morning and the 10 groups that didn't finish the third round will hope to get started on the final 18 around noon.
Full-field scores of the North West of Ireland Open