First Round Finally Completed in New Orleans

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04 HP Classic of New OrleansNEW ORLEANS, La. -- Golf was finally played at the HP Classic of New Orleans on Saturday and Danny Ellis emerged as the first-round leader. He fired a 9-under-par 63 at the English Turn Golf and Country Club and leads by one over Ken Duke.
 
There was no golf played on Friday as heavy storms pounded the course. Players returned to English Turn at 8:00 a.m. ET Saturday morning to complete the first round.
 
The second round began while the last remaining golfers finished the first round. The plan is to play as much golf as possible on Saturday and make a determination on the future of the tournament from that point.
 
Unfortunately, there are more storms forecasted for the afternoon.
 
Craig Bowden posted a 7-under-par 65 on Saturday and is alone in third place.
 
Paul Azinger and Gene Sauers completed their rounds of 6-under-par 66 on Thursday but were joined in fourth place by Kirk Triplett, Charles Howell III, Robert Damron, Joe Ogilvie, Dennis Paulson and David Sutherland.
 
Masters champion Phil Mickelson is playing for the first time since draining an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Augusta National. He polished off a 5-under 67 Saturday morning.
 
Chris DiMarco was at 6 under par during the first round but bogeyed his 15th hole and double bogeyed the last on Saturday to shoot a 3-under-par 69.
 
Defending champion Steve Flesch fashioned a round of 4-under-par 68 in the first round.
 
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