Darkness suspends first-round play at Scottsdale


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Even with a field of only 132 players, there wasn’t enough light Thursday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Play was suspended at 5:45 p.m. MT because of darkness, leaving nine players to complete their opening rounds on Friday. Included in that group is Daniel Berger, a PGA Tour rookie who is playing this week on a sponsor exemption. Berger went out in 30 and is 6 under through 16 holes, one shot behind leader Ryan Palmer.

Second-round tee times are still slated to begin on time at TPC Scottsdale, with groups starting off the first and 10th tees at 7:30 a.m. The remaining nine players will resume their opening rounds at 8 a.m.

Weather could lead to more delays during the second round, as forecasts call for a 90 percent chance of rain Friday with up to a quarter-inch of precipitation expected.