Rain shortens LPGA Bahamas event to 54 holes


An inaugural trip to the Bahamas has not exactly gone according to plan for the LPGA.

After nearly 12 inches of rain fell on the course at Atlantis, Paradise Island between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday, tournament officials were forced to shorten this week's Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic to 54 holes, an event that is now set to begin Friday. First and second-round pairings will remain the same, with a 36-hole cut to be made Saturday night.

As pictures Wednesday illustrated, officials are facing an uphill battle to get the course into playing condition. According to a media release Wednesday afternoon, standing water remains in place on at least seven holes, with the ninth and 18th fairways both 'completely flooded.'

'We are working around the clock to repair damages and drain the golf course,' explained tournament director Matt Truax. 'We thank everyone for their understanding and patience while we do everything possible to return Ocean Club Golf Course to championship condition.'

As a result of the rainy conditions, Wednesday's pro-am was also cancelled. According to tournament officials, there remains a 60 percent chance of additional rain showers Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.