Honda halted by darkness after two rain delays


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Following a pair of lengthy weather delays, second-round play is set to resume at the Honda Classic at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday.

Play was halted for a total of three hours and 44 minutes Friday because of rain and lightning. Half the field has yet to complete the second round, as players were left with between five and 15 holes to go when play was suspended at 6:12 p.m. because of darkness.

Among those returning to the course early Saturday morning is tournament leader Brendan Steele, who birdied each of the four holes he faced Friday afternoon. At 8 under, Steele holds a two-shot lead over Patrick Reed with the prospect of potentially completing 32 holes Saturday.

“It’s always weird when you kind of sit around all day and you have a 5 o'clock tee time,” Steele said. “Got out there and hit some kind of weird shots and the ball kept going in the hole. I’ll take it.”

Other players on the leaderboard who have yet to complete their round include first-round leader Jim Herman, who played only three holes before darkness fell, and Ian Poulter, whose second round included a hole-out eagle on No. 4. He played eight holes in 5 under to move within four shots of Steele.

While tournament officials hope to get back on schedule Saturday, the weather outlook remains bleak. More rain is expected at PGA National, where the forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms beginning at 2 p.m.