• Olympic golf first round suspended over lightning

    Olympic golf first round suspended over lightning
    Sepp Straka

    The first round of the Olympic golf tournament was suspended on Thursday because of a lightning storm at the Kasumisageki Country Club.

    Play was halted just before 2pm local time with 27 of the 60-player field yet to finish their opening 18 holes as thunder cracked around the course.

    Unheralded Austrian Sepp Straka set the early pace with a bogey-free eight-under-par 63 to be leader in the clubhouse after playing in the first group out.

    British Open champion Collin Morikawa, representing USA, was yet to complete his round at one under par with five holes left alongside partner Rory McIlroy of Ireland on the same score.

    Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama, the US Masters champion, had just finished with a two-under-par 69 as when play was halted, with “dangerous weather” given as the official reason.

    Lying second in the clubhouse three shots behind Straka, were Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz.

    © Agence France-Presse

    Article written by

    Craig Lewis