Heavy Rain Suspends Play in Florida


2005 Outback Pro-Am 125LUTZ, Fla.-- The first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am was suspended on Friday due to heavy rain.
The round will resume Saturday morning at 7:20 a.m. (ET). Those who have not teed off will begin teeing off at 8:00 a.m.
The start of the round was delayed for one hour because of lightning in the area. Once the round started, play went on until 11:39 a.m. when it was once again halted. After several heavy thunderstorms, play was officially called for the day at 4:00 p.m.
'After making an inspection of the course, the rules staff determined we could not play anymore golf today,' said Champions Tour Tournament Director Bruce Sudderth. 'The superintendent determined that it would take at least two hours to get the course ready and by that time, we'd be out of daylight. Our plan is to hopefully finish 50 percent of the second round tomorrow. If we can do that, we will complete the remainder of the second round on Sunday morning and start the final round of the event at around 11:30 a.m.'
Thirty-six players had yet to tee off prior to play being halted for the day. Two of the leaders - Tom McKnight and Don Reese - have completed the most holes, 13, at the TPC of Tampa Bay.
McNight and Reese share first at minus-4 alongside John Harris, who has completed 11 holes.
R.W. Eaks stands at minus-3 through 13 holes and was joined in a tie for fourth place by Bob Gilder, who has completed 12 holes.
McKnight bogeyed the third, but bounced back with consecutive birdies from the fifth. Around the turn, he ran off three straight birdies from the 11th before play was halted for the day.
Reese got off to a hot start as he birdied four of his first five holes. After dropping a shot at the ninth, he bounced right back to birdie the 10th.
Harris opened with back-to-back birdies from the third. He then drained two straight birdie putts from the seventh to get to 4 under. The 52-year-old parred the next three holes before play called.
Morris Hatalsky stands at 2-under par through 12 holes and heads a group of 10 players at minus-2. He was joined there by Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw and Dana Quigley among others.
Defending champion Mark McNulty was among those who had not teed off yet. Included in that group were two-time champion Bruce Fleisher, Turtle Bay Championship winner Hale Irwin, Champions Tour rookie Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins.
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