Notes Players Split on Restart


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Was the PGA Tour's decision to wipe out Friday's play and restart the second round of The Players Championships' a good one?
Depends if you lost birdies or bogeys.
``There's probably a couple of guys happy and a couple of guys disappointed that they washed a few holes out,'' said Davis Love III, whose group would've been next on the first tee when the horn sounded Friday morning. ``But all in all, I think in the end it was the only decision you could make so we could finish.''
Skip Kendall and Ernie Els had different views.
Kendall had an eagle on No. 2 before second-round play was called. Els bounced a shot off Lee Janzen's hip after nearly driving into the water and faced a 12-foot bogey putt on his opening hole.
``Obviously, it didn't go in my favor,'' Kendall said. ``So it was a bad deal.''
Kendall made par on No. 2 after starting over, shot 73 and will miss the cut.
Els made par on the first hole instead of a probable double bogey, shot 71 and was at 2-under 142.
``I liked it,'' Els said. ``Obviously it's wet. So they could have done this from the first day.''
That was one point on which almost everyone agreed. They argued that tournament officials should have seen the rain coming and allowed players to lift, clean and place from the start. It could have saved at least 45 minutes, and no scores would have been erased.
``Just one bad mistake, one bad decision,'' Jesper Parnevik said. ``I'm sure if they had to do it again, they would change their minds.''
Love understood why officials were reluctant to compromise The Players Championship, with its $8 million purse and status as the tour's fifth major.
``But we've done it in just about every tournament we play, even The Masters,'' Love said. ``I'm glad they made the decision.''
Lee Westwood may have been the only golfer happy about Saturday's rain delay.
The three-hour delay let the Englishman listen to the $2 million Dubai Duty Free race, where Right Approach, a horse he has a 15 percent stake in, finished third.
``The weather fit in just right for my horse racing,'' Westwood said.
His horse's success may have boosted Westwood's play. He shot a 69 and was tied for the lead at The Players Championship with Joe Durant at 10-under 134.
Right Approach was formerly owned by the Queen of England.
Westwood said he thought Right Approach had a good chance to win.
``But race horses are like golfers, you're never sure how they're going to come out of the stalls,'' he said. ``But third was good. It's paid for its hay.''
Adam Scott told himself he wouldn't. But he just couldn't help it.
The 24-year-old Australian came in as defending champion here and tried not to put too much pressure on himself to shoot strong scores this time to validate last year's victory. There was Scott on Thursday, however, trying just a little too hard to be perfect.
``I do feel I put a lot of pressure on myself Thursday,'' Scott said. ``You want to put in a respectable performance this week. So I feel like I've done that already.''
But the long stretches of rain have made this a completely different tract than in 2004, when Scott became the youngest winner in The Players Championship history.
``I've never really seen it play this way before,'' he said. ``So it's hard to know, 'Yeah, I've had this shot.'''
Still, Scott said his past success helped him endure two rounds of soggy fairways, rain delays and restarts. He stood 7-under 137, three shots off the lead.
``No matter what course you've played well at you always draw on that and take come confidence out of it,'' he said.
Brad Faxon (3-under 141) made his 13th straight cut at The Players Championship, the longest streak among those in the field. ... When Fred Funk (7-under 137) left the course after Saturday morning's delay, he figured the day was done with heavy rain and a forecast for more. So he went home and took a nap. Soon after officials decided to resume play. ``I was dead asleep,'' Funk said. ``My caddie told me, 'You'd better get out here.'''
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