Saturday, October 03, 2009

Challenge Tour event in Denmark cut to 54 holes

From Challenge Tour Press Officer Paul Symes
The Challenge Tour's ECCO Tour Championship has been reduced to 54 holes after the third day was washed out by torrential rain in Jutland, Denmark today.
With standing water on the fairways and greens at Holstebro GK rendering some holes unplayable, Tournament Director Thomas Waldenstadt took the decision to suspend play.
The third and final round will resume at 8.30am on Sunday morning, but with rain and high winds again predicted, further delays cannot be ruled out.
Waldenstadt said: “When we started the third round at midday, the course was playable – we wouldn’t have started otherwise. The idea was to get as many holes completed today, because the forecast for tomorrow is for more rain. We had been predicted rain today but not until later in the afternoon, so it came sooner than expected. Once it became clear the conditions were making the course unplayable, we took the decision to suspend play and return in the morning to finish the third round.
"Unfortunately the tournament has now been reduced to 54 holes, but I felt we had no alternative in the circumstances. Hopefully we will get a full day’s play tomorrow, to allow us to complete the tournament.”
Edoardo Molinari, the current Challenge Tour Number One, is currently leading the event by one stroke from Finland’s Roope Kakko and Portugal’s José-Filipe Lima, with England’s John Parry one shot further back on four under par.



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