Rain Washes Out Second Round


VALENCIA, Calif. -- The second round of the SBC Classic was canceled Saturday as heavy rains left the Valencia Country Club unplayable. Tournament officials shortened the event to 36 holes with the final round still on tap for Sunday.
Not one player teed off on Saturday even though tee times were moved up in an attempt to avoid the forecasted weather problems. This will mark the first tournament to be shortened on the Champions Tour in 2003.
Gil Morgan shot a 7-under-par 65 in Friday's first round and owns a one-shot lead over John Schroeder.
Tom Purtzer, who aced the 16th hole on Friday, shot a 5-under 67 to share third place with James Mason. Sammy Rachels and Allen Doyle are tied for fifth at minus-3.
Des Smyth, Mike Smith, Hugh Baiocchi and Jose Maria Canizares share seventh place at 2-under-par 70.
Hale Irwin, the reigning Player of the Year and money leader, posted a 1-over 73 on Friday. Tom Kite, the 2002 SBC Classic champion, struggled in the opening round of his title defense with a 2-over-par 74.
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