Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Obidos International Open, Portugal cut to 36 holes because of rain

The second round of the Obidos International Open was heavily disrupted today (Tuesday)  by rain showers that led to a 4hr 30min interruption. The organisers of the event in Portugal have decided to cut the tournament down to 36 holes from the scheduled three rounds.

"We started the game normally because the weather forecast was not that bad. And then, at 9am local time, it started to rain a lot, greens and fairways were flooded and we had to stop the play » Alessandro Pia, Tournament Director, said.

"We resumed the tournament at 1.45pm local but there was not enough time to finish the second round of the tournament because it was becoming too dark to play » Pia explained.

At the end of the day, Spain's David Borda was the new leader at -5. Yesterday’s co-leader Rui Morris (Portugal ) only played 3 holes and remains in second place at -4. Tied for third place at -3 are Lars Van Meijel (NED), Guillaume Cambis (FRA) and Michele Ortolani (ITA) who all completed the second round.

"It was a long day, a really long day » David Borda (Spain) said. « I started at 8 o'clock in the morning, played 4 holes and then stopped playing. We resumed playing in the afternoon and we were able to finish, I'm very happy with the result as I made 3 under with tough conditions, I putted really well » he added.  
"When I stopped playing, I went back to my apartment to have some rest and just waited until play resumed » he explained.

« I only played 5 holes today » Julien Brun (FRA) explained at the clubhouse. « It’s frustrating as we’re here to play and it's not easy to start at 19hr, it was a difficult day » he added.

«  The second round will resume Wednesday morning at 9.15 am » Pia announced.  « There won't be enough time to launch a final round without the risk of not completing it. Therefore, the committee took the decision to cancel the third round and the tournament will be reduced to 36 holes » he added.

Scots Craig Lawrie, Daniel Young and Ewen Ferguson are among those who have still to complete their second rounds. 



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