The first round of the Evian Championship was controversially canceled on Thursday, as tournament and tour officials decided to discount early scores and shorten the event to 54 holes after a prolonged weather delay. In essence, the tournament will restart on Friday in Évian-les-Bains as if Thursday never happened.
“The good news is the golf course is draining like never before, we really like what's going on with the greens and fairways," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. “But with the hills and caddie bags, today we were worried about safety, everything is pretty saturated and if somebody goes down it’s not going to be a great experience.”
That may be true, but you know what's also not a great experience? A major event conducted over just 54 holes. At least that's the overriding opinion from players, media members and fans following the announcement.
From Jessica Korda, who was atop the leader board at two under:
Backing her up were a share of veteran writers and personalities:
But worst of all was the response from fans, who couldn't wrap their head around the call:
The future of women's golf in Europe is already in a vulnerable state. Judging by the social media reaction, Thursday's decision isn't helping the cause.
Update: The LPGA sent out the following in defense of the 54-hole reduction: