High winds force suspension of play at Australian Open

Associated Press

12/8/2012 8:37:27 PM

SYDNEY, Australia -- Strong winds have forced a suspension of play during the final round at the Australian Open at The Lakes.

Gusts of up to 80 kilometres an hour (50 miles an hour) during a southerly wind change Sunday caused television towers to sway, scoreboards to topple over, balls to move on the fairways and greens and sand to be blown from bunkers and into the galleries and fairways.

Play was suspended with the final groups, including third-round leader John Senden, still waiting to tee off.

Officials hoped to resume play by early afternoon when the winds were expected to abate, and still hoped to complete the tournament Sunday.