INCHEON, South Korea – The third round of the UL International Crown was suspended Friday at 5:42 p.m. local time (4:42 a.m. ET) because of darkness with all eight matches still on the course.
With the outer bands of Typhoon Kong-Rey grazing the region, the exact time that play will resume was uncertain as of the end of Friday’s play. LPGA officials will monitor the system’s path overnight with a decision expected Saturday. The tour, however, said the earliest the third round would resume on Saturday would be 2:30 p.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET).
The LPGA will issue an update on the status of the event Saturday at 10:30 a.m. local time (Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET).
Joe Halvorson, the LPGA’s DTN tour meteorologist, told GolfChannel.com that the typhoon is being downgraded to a tropical storm and will bring its heaviest rain Saturday between 3 a.m. and noon local time, with wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph. Between 2 and 4 inches of rain is expected. Halvorson said even after rain clears the region Saturday, there will be winds with gusts up to 35 mph until dusk.
Thailand’s Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn were farthest along on the course when play was suspended, with a 3-up advantage through 14 holes against Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist.
England’s Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff were 1 up on Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and In Gee Chun through six holes in the last match.