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Stuard leads early at rain-plagued Mayakoba

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The OHL Classic’s move to November is off to a predictably soggy start.

Thursday’s first round was twice suspended by inclement weather, with the second delay, just before 2:30 p.m. ET, eventually ending play for the day.

Play will resume at 7:45 a.m. ET Friday.

Brian Stuard is staked to the early lead, at 5 under through 15 holes. Erik Compton (thru 17) and Alvaro Quiros (thru 15) are a shot behind, with St. Jude Classic winner Harris English among the players at 3 under. 

Only 15 players have completed their opening round. Fifty-seven players have yet to tee off. 

The Mayakoba event used to be held opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play in late February. Now, the mid-November date puts it squarely at the tail end of the rainy season on the Yucatán Peninsula. El Camaleon, the host course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, has been pounded by more than 10 inches of rain in the past few weeks.  

Weather was one of the major storylines during the 2013 PGA Tour season, when 22 of 40 were delayed for various reasons. Already in the new, wraparound season, two of the first six events have been delayed at some point.