Women’s Open final postponed to Monday | LPGA

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Despite increasing starting times for the final round to 90 minutes in hopes of a break, the US Women’s Open was unable to proceed on Sunday as a series of downpours saturated Champions Golf Club. According to USGA agronomists, 0.78 inches of rain fell on the course in 24 hours. Given the already muddy conditions the players experienced on Saturday, postponing the final round was the only rational call.
“We want to make sure the course conditions are worthy to crown a major champion,” said John Bodenhamer, senior general manager of the USGA Championships.

Play resumes Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time (9:00 a.m. EST) with 18 players who have yet to play.

Tied Yealimi Noh and Lydia Ko as well as KLPGA veteran Ji Yeong Kim2 will start at 8:14 am local time. The group which includes Moriya Jutanugarn (-1), Amy Olson (-3) and Hinako Shibuno (-4) will start the final round at 8:25 am.

Golf Channel will broadcast live coverage from 9:00 a.m. EST until 3:00 p.m. Monday.

This is only the third time in US Women’s Open history that the game has extended through Monday without a playoff. But it is also the first in history that the event will be played in December. With the Champions Club Jackrabbit and Cypress Creek courses in use for the first two days, the USGA seemed to have achieved one of the greatest logistical feats of any sport, hosting a major 156-player championship a week before the sun’s brightest. short. day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

It will always be a championship to remember, not only for the quality of the game and the great venue, but also for the hard work and commitment the USGA has put into uplifting women’s football as a whole. With the launch of the Women Worth Watching campaign, the organization has strengthened its commitment.

“From 1895 with the first American Women’s Amateur Championship until today, supporting women in golf has always been a mainstay of the USGA,” said Craig Annis, USGA Brand Director. “Women Worth Watching gives our organization a new platform to not only celebrate the outstanding talents of female athletes in 2020, but also to make strides towards improving equality in sport in the future.”

Five-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie West, including the 2014 US Women’s Open, will be the Ambassador for the Women Worth Watching initiative.

“The USGA has always been a proud supporter of women’s golf, which makes my victory at the US Women’s Open even more special,” said Wie West. “Women Worth Watching is the next step in their promise to continue to amplify women’s football and its champions. I am honored to be part of an initiative that will create a better world for women, including my daughter, Makenna.

The engagement will extend well beyond this championship delayed by the rain. But it was certainly evident in Houston in many ways big and small in Houston – just as it will be again on Monday when (weather permitting) the 75th US Women’s Open champion is crowned.

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