Final LPGA major of the year shortened to three rounds because of weather
The Evian Championship will be a 54-hole event
A curious decision was made on Thursday during the first round of the Evian Championship in France. This tournament is the fifth major of the season on the LPGA Tour, and now it will be played as a 54-hole event because of a first round that was canceled because of inclement weather.
The interesting part is that when the LPGA hit the reset button on the tournament, players were on the course. It's pretty rare for a tournament to be completely reset like this, even with severe rain and wind.
"While we did not make this decision lightly, we believe that this is the right decision," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. "We are happy and encouraged with how well the golf course is handling the weather, and it should set up for another amazing Evian finish."
The LPGA does not have an event next week so a Monday finish would not have been a problem, but the tournament elected for a three-round major instead. Jessica Korda, who shared the lead at 2 under at the time play was suspended and eventually canceled, was less than thrilled.
A Monday finish is not ideal, which Whan mentioned, but on a week when you don't have any other tournaments, it can actually attract some eyeballs as it would not be finishing on the same day as the PGA Tour and European Tour events on Sunday.
Regardless, this year's tournament will be a 54-hole affair which is actually what happened back in 2013 in the event's first year as an official major. Suzann Pettersen won that year at 10 under.
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