Weather woes force format changes at Women's British
- By Will Gray
- Sep 14, 2012 12:49 PM ET
After suspending play Friday due to high winds and with Monday's forecast predicting similar conditions to those seen on Friday, tournament officials at the Ricoh Women's British Open scrambled to adjust the event's format.
As the LET reported, the second round will now be conducted on Saturday, with a reduced cut made after 36 holes. Rounds three and four will both be played Sunday, with players starting from both the first and 10th tees. No re-draw will be made after the third round.
Originally set to include the top 65 players and ties, the 36-hole cut will now reduce the field to only the top 50 players and ties, including amateurs. Official prize money will be awarded both to those that make the cut and to those who would have made the cut as originally planned.
Changes were made in an effort to both retain the event's 72-hole format and allow play to conclude as scheduled on Sunday. Typically held in late July or early August, this year's event was pushed back to mid-September due to the 2012 Olympic Games in nearby London earlier this summer.
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