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Sunday 20 August 2017

Madeira Open blown away

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The Madeira Islands Open has been reduced to 54 holes after strong winds meant no play was possible at Santo da Serra on Thursday.

Gusts reached 47mph and stayed steadily above 35mph during the day, causing balls to move on the greens at the mountain-top venue.

Round one is scheduled to start today, with tee times for the first two rounds remaining unchanged and the cut coming after 36 holes.

Tournament director Jose Maria Zamora said: "Despite the efforts we've made winds have been too strong and gusty. Every time we sent our referees to check, the balls were moving on the green."

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