Times moved up, more delays expected at Wegmans LPGA

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Moving Day began with umbrellas Saturday in the third round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

With severe weather expected, tee times were moved up to 7 a.m. with threesomes off the front and back nine, but play quickly ceased at 7:08 a.m. with heavy rain falling. Locust Hill superintendent Rick Slattery said a 1/2 inch of rain fell in the morning here, but the real issue was the 3 inches of rain that have fallen in the last week.

“The ground is so saturated,” Slattery said.

With the skies clearing, play resumed at 9:29 a.m. Scattered thunderstorms, some severe are expected in the afternoon, with more delays possible.

Slattery’s crew got its rough and fairway mowing done Friday night, and they finished up mowing greens before the 7 a.m. tee times began. Slattery said greens were running at 12 ½ to 13 on the stimpmeter before the rain fell.

“Hopefully, they won’t fall off much,” Slattery said.

The rough, a real test for players this week, was topped off Friday night at 3 ½ inches.

“The challenge is the length of the rough this week, it’s the thickness,” Slattery said.