Strong southerly winds straight up from the Pacific Ocean lashed out on NSW Golf Club making putting impossible on the exposed southern holes.
The second group of Peter O'Malley, Nathan Green and Kevin Stadler, who started off the 10th this morning, bore the full brunt of the conditions on the 13th green where they were unable to putt out.
Following considerable deliberations between the group and tournament officials regarding the inability to putt out on the 13th green and the worsening conditions, organisers suspended play.
Overnight leader, Stuart Appleby, opened with two pars on the 10th and 11th before play was stopped.
The signs of frustration were evident on Peter O'Malley's face after he opened with two birdies through his first three holes, only to have his momentum halted due to the unplayable conditions. O'Malley had deliberated with tournament officials for more than ten minutes before the decision to suspend play was called.
The morning marque group of Geoff Ogilvy, Mathew Goggin and John Senden were about to hit into the 13th green and also were in support of O'Malley regarding the inability to play given the conditions.