Notes Weather Forces Change In Cut Line

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2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rain that delayed the first round to Friday has also changed the unique way the International approaches the weekend.
 
In an attempt to play four rounds in three days, PGA Tour officials decided to cut to the top 60 players after the second round Saturday, pair them up and have those groups play the third and fourth rounds in the same pairings Sunday.
 
Normally at the International, the first cut to 70 is made for the third round. Then, in a unique twist, another cut to 36 is made for the final round.

PGA Tour official Slugger White said there wouldn't be enough time to make the cut between the third and fourth rounds and still get the fourth round in Sunday.
 
Players who finish in the top 70 and ties will still be paid, as is usual on Tour, even if they don't make the cut.
 
The forecast for the weekend is good, with less than a 10 percent chance of storms both days.
 
OGILVY AND OGILVIE
The first-round leaderboard included two players who are often mistaken for one another.
 
Australian Geoff Ogilvy sits in a tie for fifth with 11 points, while American Joe Ogilvie is tied for 12th with nine points.
 
The two are often confused because of their phonetically identical last names, whether it's cheers from spectators or deliveries to the locker room.
 
``It's quite funny,'' Ogilvy said. ``I get a lot of his stuff in my locker and this week I got asked, 'Can you sign next to your brother please?' because Joe's signature was on his hat and he wanted me to sign next to my brother. It's a bit of fun because we're both playing well, so it's kind of nice.''
 
Fittingly, the ``brothers'' each had six birdies on the day.
 
DUVAL AT PGA
David Duval confirmed Friday he will tee it up in next week's PGA Championship at Balustrol.
 
``I'm playing next week and then in Reno, but I don't know much after that,'' Duval said. ``I'll play four or five more, but I don't know how it's going to flow out yet.''
 
Duval finished with zero points and is tied for 98th after recording an eagle, two birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey in the opening round.
 
COLORADO CONNECTIONS
Six players in this year's field have ties to Colorado.
 
Brandt Jobe, a graduate of Kent Denver High School, leads the group and is second overall with 13 points.
 
Duval, who lives in Cherry Hills Village near Denver, is tied for 98th heading into second-round play.
 
``It's always good,'' Duval said of playing so close to home. ``You're in the hotels enough, so I enjoy it.''
 
University of Colorado alumni Jonathan Kaye and Steve Jones are two of those six. Jones is in a tie for 54th after recording three birdies against two bogeys. Kaye is tied for 83rd with two points after a pair of birdies and bogeys.
 
Kevin Stadler, also of Kent Denver, is tied for 40th with five points.
 
Finally, Denver resident Mark Wiebe is tied with Duval for 98th with zero points.
 
WATERLOO
The first round of The International may have been postponed after Thursday's washout, but Castle Pines Golf Club superintendent Marshall Fearing said the situation could have been worse.
 
According to Fearing, approximately 2.53 inches of rain fell on the 7,619-yard course in a 12-hour period Wednesday and Thursday.
 
The course drained well and soaked up much of the rainwater, but players still played lift, clean and place during Friday's first round.
 
Fearing said the major challenge for his 62-man crew, which included staff members from neighboring courses, was getting the course's 67 bunkers in playable condition.
 
Players were generally pleased with the course conditions.
 
``I thought the course held up very well,'' Corey Pavin said. ``I didn't see a puddle out there on the golf course, and for the most part, the golf course looked great today. The greens were soft, but they weren't to the point where you'd walk around and they would get really bad from your footprints and stuff.''
 
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