Rain Wreaks Havoc in New Zealand

By Sports NetworkFebruary 23, 2007, 5:00 pm
Nationwide TourCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Rain wreaked havoc Friday with the second round of the New Zealand PGA Championship. The second delay forced by rain caused the second round to be suspended for the night.
 
The second round will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time, which is 2:00 p.m. (ET) Friday.
 
Michael Letzig, who shared ninth place entering the second round, fired a 4-under 68 to move into a share of the lead at 7-under-par 137.
 
Letzig was joined atop the leaderboard by three players who were unable to complete their rounds.
 
Peter Senior, Chez Reavie and Ryan Howison all stand at minus-7. Senior and Reavie have each completed 13 holes, while Howison, the first-round leader, finished 10 holes of round two at Clearwater Resort.
 
Letzig, a tour rookie, started on the back nine and traded a bogey for a birdie from the 10th and again from the 13th. From there, it was all birdies and pars.
 
The 26-year-old moved to minus-4 with a birdie on the par-three 16th. Letzig parred four straight around the turn.
 
Letzig dropped in a birdie effort on the par-4 third and got within one of the lead with a birdie at the fifth. He moved to 7 under when his birdie putt on seven found the bottom of the cup. Letzig parred the final two holes to end there.
 
'I feel like we've had the tough conditions with the wind (Thursday) afternoon and then the rain this morning, but I'll take it,' Letzig stated. 'I'm happy with what I've got.'
 
Howison, who also started on the back nine, birdied No. 10 to take the lead at minus-8. After seven consecutive pars, he stumbled to a bogey on 18 to fall back into a share of the lead. After he parred the first, play was stopped for the day.
 
Senior has been steady through his second round. He has posted 12 pars and a single birdie on the par-4 seventh.
 
Reavie was 1-over for his round through six holes with a bogey on 13. He moved within one of the lead thanks to back-to-back birdies from the 16th. Reavie birdie the third to join the group at minus-7. Play was stopped after he parred his next hole.
 
Sal Spallone is alone in fifth place at minus-6. He was 3-under through 13 holes of the second round before play stopped.
 
Phil Tataurangi (68) and James Nitties (70) share sixth place at 5-under-par 130. They were joined there by Matthew Jones, who was minus-1 through the six holes that he completed.
 
Bradley Hughes, who shared second place here in 2004, is among those tied for ninth at minus-4. Hughes has posted rounds of 71-69 through two rounds. He was joined there by David Hearn (through nine holes), Lee Williamson (eight) and Chris Nallen (five).
 
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    “Please go in,” he added.



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    Wie has hand surgery, out for rest of 2018

    By Randall MellOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 pm

    Michelle Wie will miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery Thursday to fix injuries that have plagued her right hand in the second half of this year.

    Wie announced in an Instagram post that three ailments have been causing the pain in her hand: an avulsion fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment.

    An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone where it attaches to a ligament or tendon.

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    I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise

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    Dr. Andrew Weiland, an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, performed the procedure.

    “It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year, but, hopefully, I am finally on the path to being and staying pain free,” Wie wrote.

    Wie withdrew during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the hand injury on Aug. 2 and didn’t play again until teeing it up at the UL International Crown two weeks ago and the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week. She played those events with what she hoped was a new “pain-free swing,” one modeled after Steve Stricker, with more passive hands and wrists. She went 1-3 at the UL Crown and tied for 59th in the limited field Hana Bank.

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