Bad Weather Dominates Utah Classic


Sandy, Utah -- Friday afternoon thunderstorms halted play during the second round of the Buy.Com Utah Classic, the third suspension in two days.
Thursday's round was suspended for darkness after two delays cost the tournament five hours. All players completed their opening rounds Friday but only 29 players made it through round two. The remaining competitors will return to Willow Creek Country Club at 10:00 A.M. to finish the second round before the cut is made, but there is no timetable for that as rain is in the forecast over the weekend.
D.A. Points was 7-under par through 16 holes of his second round Friday and owns the tournament lead at 10-under par. He completed 15 holes of his first round Friday morning before going low in the second round.
'It's been a long day,' said Points, referring to his 31-hole day. 'There really isn't anything you can do about it.'
Scott Petersen is currently in second place at 7-under par, but only completed 15 holes of his second round. Ben Bates is the leader in the clubhouse 6-under-par 138. Chris Couch, Brian Claar, Charles Warren and Jimmy Walker are also at 6-under, but will return to the course Saturday morning to finish their second 18.
Points carded an opening-round 69 and wasted little time in going low with three birdies in a row, starting at his second hole, the 11th at Willow Creek. He bogeyed No. 14, but rebounded with a birdie at the 17th to shoot a 3-under 34 on the front side.
Points opened his second nine in style with a 15-foot eagle putt at the first and tallied two additional birdies to move three clear of the field.
'I haven't been playing great lately,' said Points, who won last year's Inland Empire Open. 'It seems like I haven't been able to get over the hump in my rounds. I'd get to 2-under but never could make it to 3-or 4-under. I always fell back to 1-under or even. Today, I finally got it going in the right direction and was able to keep the momentum going.'
Brad Adamonis is in at 5-under-par 139 and Pete Morgan and Doug Barron are on the course at the same number. Boyd Summerhays, a co-leader after the first round, is 5-under for the tournament but did not even tee off on his second round before the horn was sounded.
Ty Tryon, who is making his first start since a bout of mononucleosis this summer, shot an opening-round 79 but rebounded in round two. He is 5-under through 16 holes but will need help if he wants to make the cut, which looks to fall at 1-under par.

Full-field scores from the Utah Classic