Rain Delays LPGA Event


LPGA NW Arkansas ChampionshipROGERS, Ark. -- Heavy rain fell Friday morning at the NW Arkansas Championship, leaving large puddles around the course at Pinnacle Country Club and delaying the start of the state's first LPGA event in over 50 years.
Rain on Wednesday may have prepared players for these conditions. Though Thursday was mostly sunny, the course was still soaked.
'We weren't getting much roll,' Juli Inkster said Thursday. 'You hit the ball on the fairway and it smooshes, and you hit it on the green and it smooshes again.'
The 6,238-yard course is playing much longer, Inkster said.
'It's actually playing longer than the 6,700-yard course we played last week,' Inkster said of the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.
The top three money earners this year on the LPGA Tour -- Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and Paula Creamer -- are absent, and No. 4 Mi Hyun Kim withdrew.
No. 5 Cristie Kerr, winner of this year's U.S. Women's Open, Sherri Steinhauer, winner of the State Farm Classic last week, and runner-up Christina Kim are in the field.
Stacy Lewis of the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks, who won this year's NCAA women's championship, is playing with a sponsor's exemption.
The LPGA's last visit to Arkansas was for the Arkansas Open at Hot Springs in 1956.
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