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Hurricane Sandy affects Florida Q-School site

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Players enduring the toughest test in golf are now also battling the elements.

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Florida coastline, tournament officials have altered the scheduling for the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School in Port St. Lucie.

Instead of playing 18 holes each day on Wednesday through Saturday, the 78-player field will instead play 27 holes on Wednesday and Thursday, with the possibility that they may not play at all on Friday, when the storm is supposed to be at its most intense.

“Not everyone is going to play 27 holes today, but we made the decision to get in the extra golf because we don’t know what effect Sandy is going to have,” PGA Tour rules official Tom Hearn told TCPalm.com. “We may be able to play Friday or we may get 3 inches of rain and not be able to finish until Sunday. We just thought it best to get in the extra golf while we can.”

The field is already playing under lift, clean and place conditions through at least the first 54 holes of the competition on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club.