Typhoon delays start of Philippine Open

The $300,000 event, originally scheduled to open on Thursday, will now start on Friday after downpours at the Luisita Golf and Country Club, about 105 kilometres (65 miles) north of Manila.

The Philippine Open, Asia's oldest national open, is the last tournament on this year's Asian Tour schedule.   -  AP

Heavy rains from a deadly typhoon have forced organisers to delay the start of the Philippine Open by a day and slash the tournament to 54 holes, the Asian Tour said on Wednesday.

The $300,000 event, originally scheduled to open on Thursday, will now start on Friday after downpours at the Luisita Golf and Country Club, about 105 kilometres (65 miles) north of Manila.

"Heavy rainfall has forced us to postpone the start of the event and reduce it to three rounds," Asian Tour tournament director Wanchai Meechai said in a statement.

"The decision was made in the best interest of the tournament and our Asian Tour members," he added.

Typhoon Melor, which did not hit the tournament site directly, uprooted trees, flooded towns and left at least 11 people dead in other parts of the Philippines.

The Philippine Open, Asia's oldest national open, is the last tournament on this year's Asian Tour schedule.