Wind Suspends First Round at Madeira Islands

Play was suspended indefinitely Monday at the first round of the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal due to high winds.

A weather forecast filled with rain and steady winds around 15 miles per hour did not bode well for the rest of the tournament, which is the penultimate event on the European Tour before The Masters in early April.

It’s the second straight year that weather has given trouble to the tournament. Bad weather cut it short after two rounds in 2014, followed by a one-hole playoff won by England’s Daniel Brooks. Last year’s tournament was also marred by the tragic death of caddie Ian McGregor, who suffered a stroke on the course while caddying for Alastair Forsyth.

The tournament and the European Tour took heat for continuing to play after a medical staff attended to McGregor.

The Madeira Islands Open is one of the smallest tournaments on the Euro Tour, in both prize money and field. Only one player currently ranked in the Race to Dubai Top 60 – SSP Chowrasia – is in the field this year.

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