Play at the European Challenge Tour Grand Final was suspended for the day at Golf du Médoc, Bordeaux, due to a permanent threat of lightning. The players will resume their first round matches at 09:15 local time on Friday, October 24, with the second round expected to start at 10:40.
The European Tour officials had no choice but to postpone the first round after an initial two hour suspension was called at 12 noon in the south west of France. Play resumed after a two hour, 15 minute delay, but was suspended for the day 14:30 local time, with storm clouds gathering all around Golf du Médoc.
Only one match finished the 18 holes before Tournament Director, Alain de Soultrait, and his team took the decision to halt play for the day. Frenchman Alexandre Balicki and Englishman Tim Milford recorded respective rounds of 71 and 77, with 14 matches still to be completed.
Scotsman Euan Little is leading the tournament on four under par after 12 holes, with Irishman Damien McGrane one shot further back.
“I’m all for the decision to suspend for the day,” said Little. “It has to be done in these situations – I think all the players agree that it was getting dangerous out there, especially after the first suspension, so no-one can complain.”