Players irked by timing of suspension


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Na Yeon Choi unplugged her ball and tossed it in disgust at the 18th tee box early Saturday evening at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship.
Setting up for her drive, Choi couldn’t make a swing before the horn suspended play due to darkness. 
That means Choi and fellow competitor Kristy McPherson are among eight players who must return at 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday to finish their rounds, then return later in the afternoon to play the final 18 holes.
“All we needed was one ball in play there, and we’re both allowed to finish the hole,” McPherson said. “Five more seconds, that’s all we needed.”
McPherson said officials told them they were going to blow the horn at 8:15 p.m., but it went off at 8:10 p.m. They hustled to the tee box but had to wait for Jin Young Pak and Stacy Lewis to clear the fairway before they could hit their drives.
“The horn went off a little earlier than we expected,” McPherson said. “Now we have to come out and warm up to play one hole, probably the toughest hole on the golf course. It's a little frustrating.”
McPherson’s frustration was compounded because she made her first bogey of the championship at the 17th hole, her first after 52 consecutive holes without one. She was the last player in the field to make a bogey. At 6-under, she’s four shots off the lead in her bid to win her first LPGA event. She nearly won the year’s first major, finishing tied for second at the Kraft Nabisco after Brittany Lincicome hit a spectacular closing shot to set up a winning eagle.
“I feel like my best golf is yet to come,” McPherson said.
Choi is at 8-under, just two shots off the lead.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with twosomes going off one tee.