Rain halts play at Hero World Challenge


WINDERMERE, Fla. – Only a biblical rainstorm could slow down Patrick Reed.

Playing in the same group as Tiger Woods and wearing the former world No. 1’s signature colors, Reed was 9 under par when he stepped onto the 18th tee at Isleworth. That’s when a steady rain turned into an all-out downpour, with water pooling on the fairways and greens and filling up the holes.

Play was suspended at the Hero World Challenge at 2:54 p.m. ET and is scheduled to resume at 4:20. Players headed back to the clubhouse as rules officials assessed the situation.

No player in the 18-man field has finished his second round. With the final group of Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson on the 11th hole, they will not be able to complete 36 holes will be completed by sunset Friday.

Henrik Stenson has the lead at 10 under (through 11), with Reed (through 17) and Bubba Watson (through 13) two shots behind.

Tiger Woods, who opened with 77 and was in last place in his own event, played Nos. 13-16 in 4 under par and is 4 under for the day with one hole to play.