Women's British Open to resume early Sunday morning

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The suspended third round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open will resume at 6:15 a.m. local time Sunday on the Old Course (1:15 a.m. ET).

The Ladies Golf Union, which owns the event, announced that it expects the fourth round to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday with no re-pairing according to scores. Twosomes from the third round will remain together when the final round begins. This allows the LGU to start the final round before the third round is completed. The final twosome in the final round should tee off about 1:50 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET).

Na Yeon Choi, the 36-hole leader, was among 14 players who were not able to tee off before play was suspended at 12:33 p.m. Play was suspended shortly after a wind gust recorded at near 40 mph caused five players to call rules officials about their balls moving on greens, according to LGU officials. Inbee Park was one of those players. She was on the fourth green when her ball moved.


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Susan Simpson, head of operations for the Ladies Golf Union, said windy conditions are expected again Sunday at St. Andrews, but she hopes the championship will be able to conclude Sunday evening.

“This is a major championship, and every endeavor will be made to play 72 holes,” Simpson said. “If we have to go to Monday, we will go to Monday.”

Park, trying to become the first man or woman to win four professional majors in a single season, was 1 under through four holes when play was suspended. She's now seven shots behind Choi.