Play Resumes After Winds Wreak Havoc at Madeira Islands Open

Friday March 20th, 2015
European Tour meteorologist Guy Nestor and European Tours referee's Thomas Waldenstedt and Mikael Eriksson check the wind speed during the delayed the first round of the 2015 Madeira Islands Open.
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Play has resumed at the European Tour's Madeira Islands Open after Thursday's opening round was cancelled due to high-force winds.

The event, held at the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serr in Santo da Serra, Portugal, was reduced to 54 holes with a cut after two rounds. Pretty necessary, since the wind on the course was helping - or hindering - players by doing things like this:

 

 

The wind just holed this putt at the #MadeiraIslandsOpen to take the outright lead at the weather affected tournament.

A video posted by European Tour (@europeantour) on

 

According to a press release from the European Tour, winds reached gusts of up to 47 mph, consistently blowing at over 35 mph throughout the day. They have died down slightly since, but play was delayed again on Friday almost two hours while strong breezes prevailed.

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