The Rose Ladies Series Grand Final has been abandoned after a fire at Wentworth led to play being suspended on Friday.

It was hoped the tournament could resume at 9.30am on Saturday but, with the fire continuing late into Friday night, it was decided that would be impossible.

A statement from the organisers issued late on Friday said: “Sadly, the fire has continued to ravage over 50 hectares of heathland late in to this evening. Although now reasonably under control, local Fire Services expect the continued warm weather tomorrow may well be cause for it to re-light. As we experienced today, this can happen rapidly.

“With almost one mile of heathland still smoking this evening bordering the golf course, it is simply not safe for The Wentworth Club to reopen.

“We are truly heartbroken to share this news.

“Please bear with us as we collate our thoughts and converse with our Tournament Sponsors, American Golf and Computacenter, about what this means for our Grand Final. We will update you further on Monday 10th August 2020.”

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