The dismal scene at the Champions Golf Club this morning – photo USGA Jeff Haynes

The final round of the 2020 US Women’s Open at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, has been delayed 24 hours following the suspension of play due to course conditions and the prospect of inclement and dangerous weather on Sunday afternoon.

“We want to ensure course conditions are worthy of crowning a major champion,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s Senior Managing Director, Championships.

Despite tee times being brought forward in anticipation of the approaching weather, the deluge the course had suffered overnight, along with the prospect of further downpours would mean that 18 players had still to even start their rounds when play was initially called at 9.10am local time.

20 millimetres fell in the 24 hours preceding the decision and combined with the approaching weather, it left officials with no option other than to abandon play for the day.

Of those who had made a start to play, Australian Gabi Ruffels was doing best, the amateur 2 under through five holes, a run that had included three birdies. Julius has improved into 25th position at 4 over.

Play will resume at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. local time) on Monday, Dec. 13.

Gabi Julius made a nice start in the bleak conditions today – photo Chris Keane USGA