Weather forces women's open into fifth day


The LPGA official conceded there were major logistical issues with going into a fifth day, but the decision had included input from all parties, including sponsors and organisers.

The 2017 McKayson New Zealand Women's Open will finish on Monday after strong storms, including tropical-force winds, blew through Windross Farm Golf Course in Auckland as players were continuing their delay-plagued final round on Sunday.

As a result, the fourth round was not complete by sunset. After three weather delays on Sunday due to heavy rain and unsafe conditions, play was finally called at 5:16 pm, local time. First-round leader Brooke Henderson of Canada was in a three-way tie for second on 135, along with American Emily Tubert and Madelene Sagstrom of Canada.

The field will resume early Monday to finish the event.

More than five hours of golf were suspended overall.

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LPGA rules and competitions director Bo Ream said after the second rain break they were "aiming to get 72 holes" played.

But returning on Monday was the right thing to do, Ream said earlier on Sunday. Mozo was captured by TV cameras expressing her frustration, no doubt fuelled by the fact she had also dropped two shots on the round to fall four behind the hard-charging Henderson who birdied three of her first six holes. "We want to get as much golf done as we can today so we have less to play first thing tomorrow".

In what were today's sparse periods of calm weather, Canadian prodigy Brooke Henderson staked her claim for the Open, opening up a three-stroke lead.

Brittany Lincicome is tied with Mozo at 13 under, and like Henderson, she's looking for her second win of the season.

Play was again suspended after Ko's ninth-hole par and she only managed to play one further hole during the course of the afternoon.