Rain Gives Lietzke TD Waterhouse Title


Bruce Lietzke was declared the winner of the TD Waterhouse Championship when weather forced the cancellation of the final round Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.
More than five inches of rain fell in the area over the course of the week, including over an inch early Sunday morning that rendered the Tiffany Greens Golf Club course unplayable. The final round was canceled at 2 p.m. EDT, making the event official at 36 holes.
'The golf course is just too saturated with water for us to play today under the Rules of Golf,' Senior PGA Tour Tournament Director Bruce Sudderth said.
Lietzke was at 11-under 133 through 36 holes, two strokes clear of Larry Nelson. He collected $240,000 four his fourth tour victory in just 19 starts.
Ironically, Lietzke was born in Kansas City during what is known as the Great Flood of 1951. His mother usually went to nearby Wichita to have her babies delivered by her private physician. But because of the flood, she had to stay home when Bruce was born.
'I was born in the Great Flood of 1951 and now here I am 50 years later still trying to get out of town,' Lietzke said with a laugh.
This marks the third time on tour this year that a round has been lost to rain. The first round of the Royal Caribbean Classic was suspended due to heavy thunderstorms in February. Dave Eichelberger was declared the winner of the Emerald Coast Classic in March, when heavy rains washed away the final round.
Final Results from the TD Waterhouse Championship