Half of the 144-woman field was left on the course Friday. Upon returning this morning, to complete the second round, conditions had not improved. Heavy rain continued leaving officials with no choice but to put lift, clean and place in effect for the second day in a row.
It was evident that the course had reached saturation and play was called for the day at 5 p.m., after LPGA Rules Official, Angus Mackenzie, deemed the golf course unplayable due to casual water.
Mackenzie announced the decision to reduce the tournament from a 54-hole event to a 36-hole event. Much deliberation went into making the decision to forgo a final round. We talked about it and if we can get the last group through nine holes then we would go to Monday, MacKenzie said. In this case we just didnt think it was possible.
Kelly Robbins is the current leader with her 8-under 64 opening round. Robbins was one of the lucky players who managed to finish her round Friday just before play was called for the day. The 64 seems like a long time ago now, said Robbins, who hasnt teed up for her second round yet.
Ive been feeling pretty good this year about things. Well just see what happens tomorrow.
Kelly Robbins has a two-stroke advantage over Se Ri Pak, Laura Diaz, Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb who are all tied at 6-under. Pak and Webb are the only two of the bunch who managed to start their second rounds. Pak made it through No. 7 before play was called today and Webb made it through No. 4.
The weather has made conditions tough for Annika Sorenstam to defend her title. Sorenstam teed up for her second round today and made it through the 7th with a score of 2-under.
Players will return to Eagles Landing C.C. at 7:30 a.m. Sunday to finish the second and final round.