1 Oct 2017

Weather forces women's open into fifth day

6:17 pm on 1 October 2017

Driving rain and wind has disrupted the New Zealand women's golf open at the Windross Course in Auckland forcing play into a fifth day to complete the final round.

A frustrated Lydia Ko at the weather disrupted NZ Women's Open

A frustrated Lydia Ko at the weather disrupted NZ Women's Open Photo: Photosport

Tee-times were brought forward in a bid to complete the final round on time but the atrocious weather forced the 78-strong field from the course twice with play finally abandoned about midway through the round.

The organisers said the goal is to complete the 72 hole tournament tomorrow and play will resume again early tomorrow morning.

Canada's Brooke Henderson battles the wind and rain

Canada's Brooke Henderson battles the wind and rain Photo: Photosport

Canadian Brooke Henderson was leading the field when play was abandoned shooting three under through six holes to move out to 17 under for the tournament.

Henderson holds a four shot lead over Spain's Belen Mozo and American Brittany Lincicome.

Lydia Ko will resume at one under after 10 holes, eight shots behind Henderson and tied for ninth place.

LPGA director of rules Bo Ream said the officials are hopeful they will complete the tournament but rescheduling of the last day will create a logistical tangle for players and officials.

"We've got players travelling all over the world."

"We don't have an event next week so there is some flexibility there.But it is still a significant logistical issue and one staff here are going to have to work their way through."