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Fog delays Round 1 of McGladrey Classic

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – New season, same weather woes on the PGA Tour.

Play was halted quickly Thursday morning at The McGladrey Classic, as fog surrounding the Seaside Course forced a stoppage in play at 7:23 a.m. ET, with only 18 players able to begin their opening round.

The first groups of the day began play off both the first and 10th tees at 6:50 a.m. ET Thursday and had reached their fourth hole of the day when the horn blew. Play was delayed a total of 95 minutes, as the action resumed at 8:58 a.m. ET once the fog lifted.

Equipped with a relative shortage of daylight as the calendar year draws to a close, first-round play at Sea Island will now carry over into Friday. The final groups of the day are now slated to begin at 2:50 p.m. ET, with sunset estimated at 5:32 p.m. ET.

Following a 2013 season marred by various weather delays, this marks the second event of the 2013-14 season to experience a delay due to the elements. Final-round play at last month’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia was suspended due to dangerous weather and again due to darkness, with Ryan Moore and Gary Woodland forced to return to Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club the following day to conclude a playoff, which Moore won.