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Fog-hit Ballantine's cut to three rounds

The Ballantine's Championship will now be played over three rounds after nearly seven hours of play were lost on Thursday.
The Ballantine's Championship will now be played over three rounds after nearly seven hours of play were lost on Thursday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nearly seven hours of play were lost on the opening day of the Ballentine's Championship
  • Some players will now attempt to play two rounds on Friday
  • Tano Goya and Thongchai Jaidee share the lead on eight-under-par
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(CNN) -- The Ballantine's Championship in South Korea has been cut to three rounds after heavy fog caused nearly seven hours of play to be lost on Thursday's opening day.

The decision was made by tournament directors John Paramor and Jitti Tamprasert to reduce play to 54 holes at Pinx Golf Club on Friday morning in a bid to ensure a finish on Sunday evening.

"After reviewing the amount of golf completed on Thursday, it has become clear that the completion of 72 holes within the required time frame is not feasible," Paramor and Tamprasert said in a statement.

Players who were due to tee-off on the first afternoon of play will now attempt to complete 36 holes on Friday, with the second round due to commence at midday local time.

The cut will be made once the second round has concluded on Saturday afternoon, with the third and final round taking place on Sunday.

Argentinian Tano Goya and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand lead the way on eight-under-par after completing two rounds on Jeju Island.

First-round leader Marcus Fraser remains on seven-under, with his second round due to be played on Saturday.