Raining on the Nicklaus Parade

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- Rick Price and Tripp Isenhour share the clubhouse lead at 9-under-par 134 as darkness forced the suspension of the second round Friday at the Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. Price posted a 3-under 68 at the Keowee Vineyards course while Isenhour shot a 2-under 70 at the Cliffs Valley course.
 
Play was suspended for more than three hours Friday as lightning storms rolled through the area. Players returned to the course at 5:30 P.M. (ET) and play was officially halted at 8:00 P.M. for darkness. This was the second consecutive day that play was stopped early as heavy rain forced players back early to finish off the first round Friday morning.
 
Golfers will return to their respective courses Saturday morning at 8:00 A.M. to complete the second round. This tournament features a pro-am style similar to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour. Play rotates over the par-72 Cliffs Valley layout and the par-71 Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards for the first two rounds before moving to the Cliffs Valley course for the final two rounds.
 
Jack Nicklaus is participating in his first Nationwide event and is playing with sons Gary, Michael and Jackie, and his amateur partner is his fourth son Steve. Jack Nicklaus was one of the late starters but birdied three of four holes in his second round and stands at 3-under par for the tournament.
 
'That should be my goal every time I tee it up this year,' said the elder Nicklaus. 'I suppose it's a realistic goal. It's a goal I have to shoot for because you have to try and shoot the lowest score you can.'
 
Price opened with two birdies in his first four holes, but ran into trouble after that. He missed the green at the par-three sixth and missed a 12-footer to save par. Price also bogeyed the seventh when his four-foot par save missed the hole.
 
Price recovered around the turn with a two-putt birdie at the ninth and four-foot birdie putt at No. 10. He parred the next three holes, then collected back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15.
 
He could have held first place by himself but a costly mistake at the 18th dropped him into a tie with Isenhour. Price missed the fairway off the tee then missed the green short. He could do no better than bogey on the hole and instead it was a piece of the lead.
 
'It was not too bad today,' said Price. 'It helped that I'm in good shape because it was a long day. I don't know if it's a huge advantage to be done, but it doesn't hurt.'
 
Isenhour started strongly on his first nine, the back side at Cliffs Valley. He racked up four birdies on his opening nine, all from inside 15 feet.
 
Isenhour ran into trouble on his second nine. He found an unplayable lie at the fourth and left with a bogey and a three-putt at No. 6, a 499-yard par-5, cost him another stroke to par.
 
'I was fortunate because I limped in,' said Isenhour, who shared the first- round lead with Eric Meeks. 'I ran out of gas on the back nine. It was such a long day.'
 
Matt Peterson and last week's Rheem Classic champion Zach Johnson are tied for third at 7-under-par 136, while Meeks is 7-under and through seven holes.
 

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