Madeira Islands Open

  • Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra May 8th - May 11th
  • Par: 72

Playoff Completed

Playoff concluded. Daniel Brooks wins playoff. Holes reduced to 36 holes due to consistent fog delays throughout the tournament.

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  • Last Updated: Saturday May 10 2014, 21:16 BST

Bad weather continued to wreak havoc with the Madeira Islands Open on Saturday, with the European Tour's 1,500th official event reduced to 36 holes.

Scott Henry: Holds the clubhouse lead
Scott Henry: Holds the clubhouse lead

No play at all was possible on Thursday due to fog and more delays on Friday meant the tournament had already been cut to three rounds.

A further reduction to 36 holes was then announced following another suspension of play on Saturday morning, with tournament officials willing to sanction a Monday finish to complete two rounds.

The afternoon starters were told they would not begin their second rounds on Saturday, including Scotland's Scott Henry, who holds the clubhouse lead after completing a five-under-par 67 on Friday.

And after play was suspended for the day it was announced that a cut to the top 65 players and ties would take place after the first round had been completed on Sunday.

Henry holds a one-shot lead over English pair Daniel Brooks and Lloyd Kennedy, who both returned rounds of 68, with Spain's Antonio Hortal also four under with two holes to play.

England's Andrew Marshall, Austria's Martin Wiegele, Spain's Pedro Oriol and France's Julien Guerrier are another stroke back after rounds of 69.

Tournament director Jose Maria Zamora said: "Due to the very long delays throughout this tournament, a decision was made to reduce the tournament to 36 holes, with a cut after 18 holes.

"We have made a decision which will give us the best possible chance of a satisfactory conclusion to what has been an extremely long and trying week for everyone so far.

"The European Tour's regulations state that it is at the tournament director's discretion to make a decision in order to ensure the conclusion to the tournament.

"We hope now that the weather will be more favourable and we can enjoy an exciting climax to The European Tour's 1,500th event."

Kennedy said: "I'm over the moon with four under. It's quite tough out there. It's very windy and it's been a long day. I was up at 5:15am this morning and had five warm-ups during the day.

"Hopefully I can do more of the same in the second round. I didn't drop a shot for my whole first round which was nice. I haven't done that for a while.

"I have never played an event like this (with so many delays). I got to the golf club here on Monday morning at 11am and I had played seven holes by 2pm on the Saturday afternoon, so it's been a long week.

"But it's the same for everyone. No one can do anything about the weather so you just have to take it as it comes."

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