Rose Ladies Series Grand Final cancelled due to Wentworth fire

The fires proved too furious to put out in time for play to resume on Saturday
The fires proved too furious to put out in time for play to resume on Saturday (Twitter: @GuildfordTweets)
15:07pm, Sun 09 Aug 2020
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The Rose Ladies Series Grand Final in Surrey has been cancelled due to a fire raging on the course in Wentworth.

Play was suspended on Friday as a result of the blaze and then organisers agreed on Saturday that it was not safe for action to resume.

Hull was awarded the series victory after a premature end to the Surrey event (Zuma Press/PA Images)

A statement from tournament directors said: "We are absolutely devastated to report that tomorrow's final round has been cancelled.

"Sadly, the fire has continued to ravage over 50 hectares of heathland late into 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."

A total of 30 fire crews attempted to tackle the blaze but could not prevent it spreading from Chobham Common to the golf course.

Alice Hewson was announced as the winner of the Computacenter Grand Final, with Charley Hull claiming the American Golf Order of Merit of the Rose Ladies Series.

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