Play Washed Out Again in New Zealand


Nationwide TourCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Rain washed out play again Saturday in the New Zealand PGA Championship, forcing organizers to reduce the Nationwide and Australasian tour event to 36 holes with a proposed Sunday finish.
After rain wiped out all play Friday, 51 players managed to start the second round Saturday, but were forced from the Clearwater course less than two hours later when more heavy rain hit the area.
Canadian David Hearn and Americans Darron Stiles and Matt Bettencourt shot 6-under-par 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead. Americans D.A. Points, Rick Price and Dave Schultz were a stroke back.
Weather permitting, all 156 players will play Sunday.
However, officials said the win won't count as an official victory and the champion will not gain exempt status on the Nationwide Tour through 2009.
'It's obviously been a terrible week for everyone,' said Andrew Langford-Jones, the director of tournaments for the Australasian tour.
'We are trying to do all we can to make this as good an event as we can, but the one thing we cannot control is the weather.'
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