Play Washed Out in Germany


European TourHAMBURG, Germany -- First-round action at the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe was washed out on Thursday.
The Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club was soaked by heavy overnight rain that continued into the morning. Several areas of the course were submerged in water and officials were forced to postpone play for the day.
The first round will be contested on Friday. According to tournament official David Probyn, the cut will come with the top 50 and ties, instead of the normal top 70 and ties. Then there will be 36 holes played on Sunday.
'We've taken about over 40 millimeters of rain on the golf course in the last 12 hours, which has caused the rivers running through the course to rise quite substantially, and so not only are we being flooded from above, but pretty much from below, as well,' said Probyn. 'Out on the course, the majority of fairways and bunkers are unplayable, and the greens survived extremely well until probably the last hour of the heavy rain when they became unplayable as well.'
This is the first time since April 2004, at the Telecom Italia Open, that a round was completely washed out.
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