ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – High winds led to a suspension of play Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Play was suspended at 12:33 p.m. local time with officials announcing they would assess conditions at 2:30 p.m. for a possible resumption of play. That was later revised to 3:30.
Notably, play was halted about five minutes after Inbee Park had an issue with high winds as she stood up to a putt at the fourth green. She called an official to inquire if she had to play the ball from where it moved or whether she should replace it. LPGA official Brad Alexander informed her that she should play it from where it moved. There was no penalty. Play was then halted after Park hit her tee shot at the fifth. Park is chasing history, trying to overcome an eight-shot deficit to become the first man or woman to win four majors in a single season. She was 1 under through four holes when play was suspended.
Fourteen players had yet to tee off when play was stopped as wind gusts reached 40 mph. The leader, Na Yeon Choi, was among them.
Some players and caddies were grumbling about the suspension afterward as nine players had already completed their rounds and much of the field had been playing through what they believed was the worst of conditions.
With winds expected to lessen later in the afternoon, the leaders could get more favorable conditions with the resumption of play.
Mark Wuersching, Se Ri Pak’s caddie, said he watched Brittany Lincicome lip out a putt at the seventh hole. As she was walking to tap in, the ball blew 6 feet or so away from the hole. She asked an official if she should continue. “Play on,” the official told her.
Two caddies reported that some players were questioning for five or six holes whether play should continue. The far end of the course, out at the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th holes, where the Old Course is most exposed, they reported the most problems.
Cristie Kerr finished her round with a respectable 75. Her caddie, Worth Blackwelder, reported her ball moved at the eighth green.