Rain twice suspends play Friday at Honda Classic

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Updated 12:33 p.m.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Play has been suspended twice at the Honda Classic because of inclement weather.

Tournament officials blew the horn at 8:23 a.m. ET because of heavy rain, and while players were originally held in place at PGA National, the decision was made a few minutes later to pull them from the course. Action resumed at 10:31 a.m., but play was again halted at 10:55 a.m. because of lightning in the area.

Nearly the entire morning wave was on the course when play was first suspended, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. McIlroy teed off at 7:45 a.m. but had completed only two holes in the wet conditions, opening with a bogey on No. 10 and following with a par on No. 11. He added a par on No. 12 after the first resumption of play, and at 4 over he is nine shots behind overnight leader Jim Herman.


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Patrick Reed’s 3-under 67 was the best score from the afternoon wave Thursday, but Reed stumbled out of the gates in the second round. His approach to the par-4 11th found a hazard, leading to a double bogey and dropping him to 1 under. Reed added a birdie during the 24-minute window of play Friday morning to get back to 2 under for the week.

No player had completed more than eight holes when the horn sounded for the second time. Robert Streb and Ricky Barnes had the best rounds going, each 2 under on the day.

Play resumed once again at 12:31 p.m., marking a total delay of nearly four hours. With afternoon tee times already scheduled to challenge sunset, the delays mean that the entire second round will not be completed Friday, and the last players to tee off will only be able to complete a few holes before darkness.