28/06/2012

Lightning Threat Stops Golf At Irish Open

Play has been suspended at the Irish Open in Portrush due to the bad weather and risk of lightning.

The golf tournament is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time in Northern Ireland and stars have packed the north coast seaside town.

These include local sporting heroes Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

For the first time ever, there were no tickets available on the door at the sell-out event.

When play was suspended at 3.05 this afternoon, Jeev Milkha Singh, of India, was top of the leaderboard, with Englishman Mark Foster hot on his heels.

The Irish Open teed off this morning after a night when heavy rain and flooding affected swathes of Northern Ireland.

(NE/GK)

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