Madeira Islands Open Canceled Because of Bad Weather

Sunday March 22nd, 2015
Green keepers bale water out of a bunker on the 18th green prior to the continuation of the first round at the Madeira Islands Open Saturday.
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SANTO ANTONIO DA SERRA, Portugal (AP) Organizers have canceled the Madeira Islands Open because of continuing bad weather on Sunday.

Heavy winds and rain sweeping the Portuguese island for the previous three days did not let up, leaving the Clube de Golf Santo da Serra flooded.

Organizers had already reduced the tournament to 36 holes on Saturday in an effort to salvage the European Tour event.

The field was only able to complete the first round on Saturday, with Denmark's Joachim B. Hansen leading by one stroke.

This is the second straight year weather has disrupted the tournament.

Last year, heavy fog during the first three days forced organizers to reduce it to 36 holes.

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