Hoylake blown off course
Winds cause halt at Ricoh Women's British Open
Last Updated: 14/09/12 5:52pm
Winds at Hoylake caused suspension at 8am
Tournament organisers were forced to abandon the second round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Hoylake after strong winds caused havoc.
Thirty-six players were a cumulative 52 over par in the hour of play they were kept on the course on Friday morning during gusts of up to 50mph.
But they were all then told that their scores would not count and the second round would be started all over again.
The players were brought in just after 8am and it was announced three hours later that there would be no resumption before 3pm at the earliest. However, at 2pm it was decided to call off play for the day.
England's Felicity Johnson, who had been joint leader early in her first round, set off with a quintuple bogey nine, dropped another shot at the second and then two more on the third.
So Yeon Ryu, who had shared the overnight lead on two under with fellow South Korean Haeji Kang, bogeyed the long 10th, the only hole she had time for before the suspension.
With weather conditions for Monday predicted to be similar to Friday, the Championship Committee decided that the second round will be played on Saturday to completion and a cut will be made. The cut will be reduced from 65 plus ties to 50 plus ties, including amateurs.
Rounds three and four will be played on Sunday, with no redraw after round three. A two-tee start will be utilised.