Second Round Washed Out

By Sports NetworkOctober 31, 2003, 5:00 pm
CADIZ, Spain -- The second round of the Volvo Masters Andalucia was suspended on Friday due to heavy rain and high winds. No player hit a shot and the decision was made to call all the action after a pair of delays.
 
The second round will begin Saturday morning at 2:15 AM (ET) with players in threesomes teeing off from both the first and 10th tees. The plan is to begin the third round at 7:45 AM in the same draw.
 
'I don't think we will manage 36 holes tomorrow, with the leaders in the third round not going out until 9:15 AM (ET),' said tournament director David Garland. 'We might have an hour and a half to play to finish off on Sunday and then do a re-draw for round four.'
 
The plan is for the third round to resume Sunday morning but there should be enough time to finish as scheduled Sunday afternoon.
 
'It is supposed to be dry tomorrow with moderate winds and dry again on Sunday, so we are still very confident that we'll get 72 holes finished by Sunday evening,' said Garland. 'A Monday finish is also a possibility.'
 
An inch and a half of rain fell on the course Friday, leaving standing water on several fairways and greens. The wind gusts were as big of a problem, with swirls hitting 50 miles per hour. The wind knocked over leaderboards and at least three trees on the course.
 
Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round.
 
Anders Hansen, the 60th and final player eligible for this field, needed only two and a half hours on Thursday to complete his round of 6-under 66. He was the first player off the tee in the first round and is alone in second place.
 
Carlos Rodiles is in sole possession of third place after an opening-round 68.
 
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick O'Hern share fourth place at 2-under-par 70.
 
Colin Montgomerie, who shared the title last year with Bernhard Langer as the two decided on a tie after their playoff ran into darkness, opened his defense with a 1-under-par 71.
 
Montgomerie was joined in sixth place by Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, John Bickerton, Angel Cabrera, Brian Davis, Niclas Fasth and Stephen Gallacher.
 
Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke all struggled in the first round Thursday. Westwood shot a 75, Harrington a 76 and Clarke opened with a 77.
 
The Volvo Masters Andalucia is the final event on the 2003 European Tour schedule. It is reserved for only the top-60 on the Order of Merit but three players (Order of Merit winner Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Peter Lonard) passed on the invite.
 
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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.