Women's British Open: High winds prevented the leaders teeing off on Saturday
Last Updated: 04/08/13 12:24pm
The wind took its toll at St Andrews on day three
High winds wiped out much of the third round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at St Andrews.
None of the leading players were able to start their rounds and play was finally called off for the day at 6.00pm, with play due to start at 6.15am on Sunday in a bit to complete the final two rounds.
With gusts of up to 56mph sweeping the course the players were taken off at 12:30pm after 11 players had managed to finish their third rounds before the wind reached its peak.
American Cristie Kerr and New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko posted the best scores of 75 and the only player who managed to keep a bogey off her card was the history-chasing Park Inbee.
She squeezed in four holes before the suspension and picked up a birdie at the third to move to three under par, seven off the lead as she aims to become the first golfer to win four majors in one calendar year.
Although the earlier start gives the organisers a chance to get the tournament finished on Sunday, Ladies' Golf Union head of operations Susan Simpson conceded the weather could still force play in to Monday.
"It's still going to be windy tomorrow," she said. "Not hopefully as windy as it's been today, but there's no let-up in it. So tomorrow morning, it's still going to be very breezy and equally difficult conditions.
"This is a major championship and every endeavor will be made to finish 72 holes. So if we need to go to Monday, then we'll go to Monday."
Overnight leader Choi Na Yeon will resume on -10, one clear of the chasing pack.