Rain reduces LPGA Tour Championship to 54 holes

By Associated PressNovember 21, 2009, 10:14 pm

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RICHMOND, Texas – More rain on already saturated grounds at The Houstonian Country Club washed out play at the LPGA Tour Championship on Saturday, forcing tour officials to cut the season-ending event to 54 holes.

More than 1.4 inches (three centimeters) of rain fell on the course from Friday morning until the decision was made to call off play on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Play is expected to resume at 9 a.m. on Sunday to complete the second round. A cut will be made to the low 70 scores and ties, and a third round and final round will be played starting at 7 a.m. on Monday.

[Note: Officials announced Sunday morning that Round 2 play would not begin until at least noon local time.]

“We had a plan to try and play 72 holes by Monday, but that would have required players to possibly stay over for Tuesday and we didn’t want to do that,” said Doug Brecht, the tour’s vice president for rules and competition.

Tournament leader Lorena Ochoa, who can win her fourth straight LPGA Player of the Year award with a win this week, has not hit a shot in competition since early Thursday afternoon when she finished a first-round 66.

Ochoa and most of the players were not in the clubhouse when the decision was made to cancel and return on Sunday, when the forecast is for sunny and dry conditions.

The rain had been forecast to clear up late Friday and give way to cool and dry conditions on Saturday. But the rain continued overnight and was still heavy at 7 a.m. Saturday when play was scheduled to resume.

Because of miscommunication between local tournament officials and the LPGA, players were sent out to their assigned holes early Saturday, only to be told the course was unplayable and sent back to the clubhouse.

“I asked when I arrived this morning if the course would be ready for play at 7 a.m., and I was told absolutely it would be,” Brecht said. “When it became light around 6:45 a.m., it was clear that was not the case, so we just turned the players around and sent them back.”

The tournament was nearly canceled or moved this summer when original title sponsor Texas financier R. Allen Stanford was accused of running a giant Ponzi scheme. Then the tournament’s top attraction, Michelle Wie, dropped out after the first round with an ankle injury and popular tour presence Natalie Gulbis withdrew with an undisclosed illness without even hitting a shot.

Sophie Gustafson, who technically is the second-round leader, having gotten to 4 under par after playing 11 holes, said there was little the players could do with the wet weather.

“All we can do is stay dry and get ready,” she said after signing autographs for fans at the clubhouse.

Holes No. 3 and 5 were among those at the course that were under water and unplayable.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.