The dominoes of delays


DUBLIN, Ohio – The large yellow-green blob that blanketed central Ohio on the radar screen said it all. Players have a better chance of catching fish on the Muirfield Village putting green on Saturday than they do of actually playing golf.

Talk in the locker room was that officials were considering the possibility of a 36-hole sprint on Sunday, when the chance of thunderstorms drops to 50 percent, which puts the 34 players who made the cut at the Memorial and are signed up to play Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier in a tough spot. Particularly guys like Davis Love III or Tom Lehman, elder statesmen who haven’t played 72 holes in two days in some time.

The delays are even more challenging for the likes of Greg Chalmers and Nathan Green, who made the cut at the Memorial and are scheduled to play in Monday’s Open qualifier in Memphis.

But the marathon award goes to Spencer Levin, who is currently tied for fifth place at 8 under and is playing his eighth consecutive tournament. Levin is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. (PT) on Monday at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, Calif.

Why Del Paso, and why so much golf?

“I’m from Sacramento so I wanted to play there,” Levin said. “It is a lot and I do notice it, but if I went home to rest after two days I’d be out playing golf with my buddies and kicking myself because I wasn’t on Tour.”