The first day of play at the Evian Championship has been washed out after heavy morning rain soaked the newly-designed course.

Players were on the course for less than one hour before being forced to come off, and organizers decided to postpone further play until Friday.

Top-ranked Inbee Park of South Korea, the defending champion, is looking to become the first professional golfer to win four majors in a year.

The tournament, formerly known as the Evian Masters, is making its debut as the fifth major on the calendar. Over the past year, architects have undertaken a multimillion redesign.