Day one play cancelled at Australian Open
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian Open | Round One | 21 Nov 2002
The first day’s play at the 2002 Holden Australian Open has been cancelled due to unplayable greens. The tournament will start from scratch again on Friday with day one tee times applying.
Round two will be played Saturday with a cut made that night. The final day’s play, Sunday, will consist of the concluding 36 holes.
Play was suspended after players from group 26 including veteran Bob Shearer, Mark Allen and Richard Ball, questioned the state of the third green. The group consulted club officials and called a halt to proceedings after they found the third green unplayable.
After consulting the officials for almost 10 minutes, greenkeepers were called to water the green in an effort to slow it down.
Victorian Andrew Webster and New South Wales’ Steven Conran were the clubhouse leaders on 1 (71) while Queensland’s John Senden was the only player below par at -1 after only playing the first hole.
American youngster, Charles Howell III was 10 after 14 holes and will be one of the players glad to replay his round on Friday. 2002 US PGA champion Rich Beem was 1 after his first two holes while defending champion, Stuart Appleby, was in the clubhouse on 3.