Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Soggy start to second round of PGA

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The second round of the PGA Championship was off to a soggy start and a sudden stop this morning.
A steady rain forced officials to suspend the round after just 20 minutes because of too much water on the putting surfaces and fairways.

Work crews already were using squeegees on the greens when another burst of showers hit Valhalla.
Play was halted about 45 minutes before Rory McIlroy was to tee off and as Ryan Palmer was playing the first hole.
Palmer, Lee Westwood, and Kevin Chappell shared the first-round lead at six-under 65.
Palmer was the only one of the leaders to play this morning.
McIlroy was among those one shot behind.
It already was shaping up as a long day. Play resumed after 45 minutes, but with more rain in the forecast, it was unlikely the second round would be completed today.
Tiger Woods—in 109th place and in danger of missing the cut at the PGA for the second time in four years—had an afternoon tee time.
Adding to the difficulty of a soggy course, players had to contend with mud.
Championship director Kerry Haigh said the ball was to be played as it lies—the players will not be allowed to lift, clean, and place their golf balls through the green as often happens in regular tour events.
He said no consideration was given to restarting the second round using preferred lies.
Once a round begins under one set of conditions, it cannot change.
Haigh didn’t see the need.
“We are playing the ball down,” Haigh noted. “Once we start the round, we will not change.
“Really, there was no consideration to that.
“The fairways are good,” he added. “And the Rules of Golf allow for relief if the ball is in casual water.”
Rain was in the forecast for most today.
While it would soften the greens, it would make the course longer.

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