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Compaq European Grand Prix
Slaley Hall
Northumberland
11th - 14th June 1998

Par 72 Prize Money 650,000

Third Round

Organisers call-off the tournament due to heavy rains

Slaley Hall, Northumberland, 14th June 1998 - The water-logged Compaq European Grand Prix was called off today following overnight rain, leaving players with no pay and sponsors without an event.

"Because we didn't complete 36 holes, we do not have a result," tournament director Mike Stewart said. "The tournament is completely null and void for the year.

"The event organizers will look at insurances and see if any payment can be made to the players."

Stewart quashed speculation that the 650,000 tournament might be played later in the year.

"It is not an option because it would be very difficult for the various groups involved," he said.

"While it might be relatively easy for ourselves and the players, it would not be easy for television, the hotel, sponsors and the course."

Only 43 players got through 36 holes, with Englishmen Barry Lane and Andrew Sherborne sharing the lead when play was washed out Saturday. One hundred six other players also failed to finish 36 holes.

Rain was almost constant at the course since Thursday when all play was washed out.

On Friday, only half of the field played 18 holes on the course shortened from par-72 to 69 because of drenched tees and fairways.

Saturday was no better.

Fighting off all-day showers, the remainder of the field sloshed through 18 holes -- and 43 others got in a second 18 before a deluge ended play.

Sherborne and Lane each shot 2-under 67s in the first round and had matching 68s in the second for 135 totals.

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