Hunter golfers caught up in North Korean missile crisis

Hunter golfers Aaron Townsend and Kurt Barnes have been caught up in the North Korean missile crisis.

Townsend and Barnes were among a group of Australian professionals due to play in the second round of the ANA Open in northern Japan on Friday morning when Kim Jong-un launched another intercontinental ballistic over the country.

The missile was launched at 6.57am Japanese time and passed over the northern island of Hokkaido, where the ANA Open is being played at Sapporo Golf Club. It landed far out into the Pacific Ocean

One of the Australians, Matthew Griffin, said tournament organisers had told players not to show up.

"Well, this is a first," Griffin said on Twitter.

"We currently have a suspension of play in Sapporo, Japan, due to North Korea launching ballistic missiles."

Townsend was tied for fifth after firing a four-under 68 in the first round, while Barnes shot a 77.

In Paris, the final women's major of the year has been reduced to a 54-hole tournament after a storm washed out the first round at Evian-les-Bains, France.

World No.1 Ryu So-yeon and Jessica Korda were leading the Evian Championship at two under through six and eight holes respectively when play was halted. World No.3 Park Sung-hyun was six over through five holes.

All scores from Thursday will be taken off the board and play will start anew on Friday. Organisers will cut the field to 70 after Saturday’s second round. 

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