15 Sep 2017

Winds shorten Evian golf major

7:06 am on 15 September 2017

Strong winds and rain have forced the cancellation of the first round of the final women's golf major of the year, the Evian Championship in France.

World number one Ryu So-yeon of South Korea and American Jessica Korda were leading at two under through six and eight holes respectively, when play was halted.

Organisers have decided to reduce the tournament to a 54-hole event.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand at the LPGA tour event in South Korea. 2015.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand at the LPGA tour event in South Korea. 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Lydia Ko, who is hoping to continue her return to form after recording her best result for the season with second in last weekend's LPGA event, has been unable to start.

World number three Park Sung-hyun of South Korea was at six over through five holes.

More than half the field, including Ko, were unable to begin the tournament with no golfer able to play half a round.

All scores will be taken off the board, with play beginning anew tonight.

"While we did not make this decision lightly, we believe that this is the right decision to have the fairest, most competitive tournament for all players in this field," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

"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."

After the first round, a cut will be made and the top 70 players and ties will advance to the final round on Sunday morning