Irwin One Back Play Reduced to 36

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2005 Outback Pro-Am 125LUTZ, Fla.-- Morris Hatalsky posted a 4-under 67 Saturday to move to the top of the leaderboard during the second round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Hatalsky completed two rounds at 7-under-par 135.
 
The first round was suspended Friday due to heavy rain. That round was completed Saturday and 54 of the 76 players were still on the course when the second round was halted for the day due to darkness 5:55 p.m. ET.
 
With more bad weather in the forecast for Sunday, the event has officially been reduced to 36 holes for the first time in tournament history. Players will return to the course Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. to finish the tournament.
 
'We had every intention of trying to play 54 holes, but a combination of the weather and cool temperatures this morning made things play slower than normal,' said Champions Tour tournament director Bruce Sudderth. 'We determined that we did not have enough time to complete round two in a reasonable amount of time to begin round three and finish the event.
 
'Champions Tour tournament regulations stipulate that when 50-percent of the field completes nine holes of their second round, we are bound to complete 36 holes of the tournament and we will do that either Sunday or if need be, on Monday. We do not have a good weather forecast, but our goal tomorrow is to finish the event.'
 
The Champions Tour's all-time wins leader, Hale Irwin, stands alone in second place at 6 under par through three holes of his second round at the TPC of Tampa Bay.
 
Wayne Levi and Don Pooley each posted rounds of 3-under 68 to move to 5-under-par 137. They were joined in a tie for third place by 2004 champion Mark McNulty, who has played three holes, and Vicente Fernandez, who is through two holes.
 
Hatalsky completed his first round Saturday morning. He carded two birdies and one bogey over his final six holes. In his second round, the San Diego-native tripped to a bogey at the first after his approach shot flew the green.
 
The 53-year-old bounced back with a birdie at the seventh. Hatalsky made it two straight as he drained a 20-foot birdie try at the par-4 eighth.
 
Around the turn, Hatalsky birdied the 13th from 6 feet out to get to minus-5. The two-time winner on the Champions Tour made it two in a row as his birdie attempt at the 14th dropped into the cup.
 
Hatalsky drained the fifth birdie of his round at No. 17 to move to 7 under and atop the leaderboard.
 
'Tough day out there with the wind conditions,' Hatalsky said. 'The course is playing longer. I heard after the 14th hole that this would be a 36-hole event. I felt like this was the scenario that would be developing all along.'
 
Irwin played his entire first round Saturday. He posted a 5-under 66 thanks to four birdies and an eagle on the back nine.
 
He started his second round on the 10th tee and collected a birdie at the par-5 12th before play was halted for the night.
 
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