COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – If the weather cooperates, the U.S. Women’s Open can still be completed by Sunday, according to championship officials.
The weather, however, doesn’t look like it’s going to cooperate.
While the weekend forecast is encouraging, Friday's forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms early in the morning and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.
The first round was suspended Thursday with just 25 players having completed their rounds and 72 players having yet to tee off. Cristie Kerr said she was “shocked” the U.S. Golf Association suspended play at 3:11 p.m. local time with almost six hours of sunlight still available.
“I'm sure some people were surprised at how early we made the call today with the weather,” said Ben Kimball, the championship director. “If you actually sat down and looked at the radar screen, it's kind of like planes lining up for an approach into a major metropolitan airport, just one after the next with very, very little gaps in between.
“So, we never really had a chance to get back out, give the players an opportunity to warm up, and by the time we did all that, we probably would have been turning right back around and coming in.'
The first round is scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. Mountain Time on Friday. Kimball said the final threesomes in the first round are expected to go off at 9:42 a.m. If the weather cooperates, the second round is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. but won’t be completed on Friday. The second round’s final threesome isn’t scheduled to start until 9:12 p.m., an unlikely start.
Even with good weather Friday, the second round wouldn’t be completed until Saturday morning, when the cut would be made.
Kimball said the USGA will consider starting players on the first and 10th tees in threesomes instead of twosomes in the third and final rounds to try to conclude play by Sunday evening. The size of the cut will dictate what happens.