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Wind suspends play at Women's British Open

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Third round play of the Women's British Open at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland was suspended about an hour before the leaders were set to tee off Saturday.

Play was halted at The Old Course because winds were so strong that five players almost simultaneously called for rulings due to balls moving on the green, according to the LPGA. Only nine players finished their rounds, with a 75 representing the day's best score.

Play is scheduled to resume at 6:15 a.m. local time Sunday, with seven groups yet to begin their third rounds. The last group is scheduled to tee off at 8 a.m., and players will not be re-paired for the final round of play.

"This is a major championship and every endeavor will be made to finish 72 holes," said Susan Simpson, Ladies Golf Union (LGU) head of golf operations. "So if we need to go to Monday, then we'll go to Monday."

The weather forecast for Sunday calls for more strong winds, although they aren't expected to reach the 40 mph gusts the players experienced Saturday.

South Korea's Inbee Park was at 1-under through four holes. She is aiming for a record fourth professional major title in the same year. She is seven shots out of the lead and 3-under overall.

The only player ahead of Park who got to tee off Saturday was China's Xi Yu Lin, who parred the only hole she played and is at 4-under.

American Cristie Kerr and Korean-born Lydia Ko shot 3-over 75s. However, they are both 3-over for the tournament and tied for 49th overall. They lead the nine players who were able to finish their rounds Saturday.

South Korea's Na Yeon Choi remains the overall leader at 10-under, one shot ahead of Japan's Miki Saiki and two better than American Morgan Pressel.

Choi took the second round lead after a 5-under 67. Pressel was tied for the lead after the opening round when she fired a 66.

Americans of note include Paula Creamer (4-under), Natalie Gulbis and Jessica Korda (2-over), and Michelle Wie (3-over).
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