What is par, really, but a number?
That’s the conclusion the OneAsia Tour came to for its third round of the High Resort Open in South Korea.
The host course, High1 Resort Country Club, plays at an altitude of 3,730 feet. In particular, visibility at the ninth and 10th holes can be reduced dramatically when fog and low-lying clouds hang over the course, like they did Saturday.
Left with the decision to delay play or even cancel the round, officials chose a third option: they shortened the par-4 10th from 352 yards to 135 yards, playing it as a par 3 for the third round. The 217-yard difference was enough to allow the field to play the hole with acceptable visibility.
Par dropped by a shot to 71 for the third round only and will return to 72 for Sunday, according to OneAsia.
The tournament was halted after two rounds a year ago because of similar conditions. Looking to avoid a repeat, the Tour took the necessary step to keep the tournament going.