The Nashawtuc Country Club course has seen nearly 20 inches of rain in the past few weeks, including three inches in just the last two days. As a result, the course has been deemed unplayable.
'After inspecting the golf course this morning, our staff has made the determination that it is unplayable and will be that way for the rest of the day,' said Ben Nelson, the tournament director for the Champions Tour. 'There's quite a bit of standing water out there and no place for the water to go at the present time. Our plan is still to have a 54-hole tournament and finish the event late on Sunday afternoon.'
The first round is now scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with groups teeing off both the first and 10th tees.
Conditions were so bad on the ninth hole, officials plan on shortening the hole from a par-5 to a par-3 because the fairway is saturated.
This is the first time weather has affected a Champions Tour event since the 2005 Bayer Advantage Classic in Kansas City, which had to be shortened to 36 holes.
Last year, Mark McNulty birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Tom Purtzer and Don Pooley for the win.