Heavy Rains Suspend Aussie Open

RSS

Evian Ladies European TourSYDNEY, Australia -- The result of the 2004 AAMI Womens Australian Open is on a knife edge as the tournament heads to a Monday finish due to incessant rain since Saturday morning.
 
Englands Laura Davies has a three-shot lead, at 4 under par, with six holes to play in the final round as she aims for her first Australian Womens Open title. Local favorite Rachel Teske is also confident she can still win this title for the first time.
 
Torrential rain on Saturday sent scores soaring in the third round with Davies, who, at 8 under par had a four-shot lead at the halfway mark, squelching in with a 77.
 
Teske showed resilience on Saturday with a 71 in the treacherous conditions and closed Davies lead to just three heading into Sundays final round.
 
But heavy overnight rain continued through the morning and raised the water table, flooding many parts of Australias Harbour Town, Concord GC included.
 
With all but eight groups out on the course on Sunday morning, play was suspended when many of the greens flooded and several bunkers doubled up as ponds.
 
A break in the downpour allowed the course to drain sufficiently and play resumed, with the leaders teeing off at 4:15 p.m. local time. But it was not enough to see all 18 holes and the remaining players left out on the course will have to return to decide the title.
 
With a two-shot lead in Davies favor, Teske narrowed the gap to just a shot by birdieing the eighth.
 
However, Davies thrilled her supporters with a dramatic birdie at the ninth to move two clear and both players swapped birdies at the par-5 tenth to seemingly make it a two horse race.
 
Teske failed to get up and down out of the right-hand bunker on the 11th and dropped three shots back as play was called.
 
Davies is looking to add the Australian Open title to the British, U.S., Thailand, Danish, Italian, Belgian, Swiss, Scottish, Welsh, Spanish and Irish National Opens, and make it win No. 66. She is also looking to keep alive her run of at least one win in every year of her 19-year career.
 
Related Links:
  • TGC Airtimes
  • Full Coverage - AAMI Women's Australian Open