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Rain Reigns Again in New Orleans

04 HP Classic of New OrleansNEW ORLEANS -- Mother Nature had her way Friday with the HP Classic of New Orleans. Heavy rain continued from Thursday into Friday and rendered the course unplayable.
Rain and lightning throughout the day Friday forced the cancellation of play at 2:00 p.m. CDT.
The first round is slated to resume Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. local time, with the second round scheduled to get underway at 8:15 a.m. The first round had a three-and-a-half hour rain delay Thursday before being suspended due to darkness. There was no action at all on Friday.
'Here at English Turn we've had 1.75 inches of rain, but that is actually fortunate as a lot of areas just to our west have had eight to 10 inches of rain,' said PGA Tour meteorologist Greg Quinn. 'Hopefully early evening we will get a break through until tomorrow afternoon.
'When the cold front comes through tomorrow afternoon, we could have more strong thunderstorms, but hopefully between now and then we'll get to play some golf.'
Paul Azinger and Gene Sauers posted matching rounds of 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the clubhouse lead. They are joined atop the leaderboard at minus-6 by Robert Damron, who has played 17 holes and Chris DiMarco, who is through 14 holes at English Turn Golf and Country Club
'We tried everything possible today,' said PGA Tour official Arvin Ginn. 'In short terms, Saturday becomes Friday. Everything we had planned for today, will move to tomorrow. And we think we have a fair chance of doing that.
'Our contingencies are that we are looking at 36 holes on Sunday or even another Monday finish. It all depends on what happens tomorrow.'
A group of 12 players are one stroke behind the leaders. PGA Tour rookies Ricky Barnes and Mathias Gronberg, as well as K.J. Choi, Joe Durant and Justin Rose all carded rounds of 5-under-par 67. They are joined there by David Sutherland (17 holes), Patrick Sheehan (16), Scott Verplank (16), Charles Howell III (15), defending champion Steve Flesch (14), Dennis Paulson (13) and Danny Ellis (nine).
The leaderboard remains crowded behind the players at 5 under. There are 16 golfers at minus-4, five of whom are finished their first rounds. That puts 28 players within two strokes of the leaders.
Phil Mickelson, making his first start since winning the Masters, is 4 under through 14 holes
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