Play abandoned at NZPGA
BY iseekgolf.com | Web.com Tour | 2008 NZ PGA Championship | Round Two | 15 Feb 2008
Play has been abandoned on day two of the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship due to wet weather and will commence tomorrow morning at 7:30am.
Not one shot was hit in round two as players, officials and spectators awoke to torrential rain that eased but had not stopped when the decision was made that no golf would be played today.
“The match committee has met and we decided the course is unplayable and is not likely to be playable for the rest of the day,” Director of Tournaments of the Australasian Tour Andrew Langford-Jones said.
“It would take the rain to stop right now and at least four hours, probably more to get the course in a playable position. The likelihood of the rain stopping right now is not good. We’ve just an update and they’re expecting showers for the rest of the day.”
Play will resume tomorrow with tee times as per the Day Two draw.
Langford Jones said that if all went well tomorrow, the second round would be completed and a cut would be made, with the final 36 holes being played as a two tees, three balls format on Sunday.
Langford Jones was reluctant to speculate but with weather conditions for tomorrow forecasting showers conceded that if play was cancelled again, the option would be to proceed into Sunday and have to look at probably reducing the event to 36 holes.
“It would then be impossible to make a cut and play a third round”, said Langford-Jones. “Thirty six holes would make the result an ‘unofficial’ win, with unofficial prizemoney.”
Langford Jones said in his 20 years on the Australasian Tour he cannot ever remember an event being reduced to 54 holes let alone 36.
The last 54 hole event on the Nationwide Tour was the 2005 Oregon Classic.
Tournament co-leader Canadian David Hearn will be in the first group on the first tee to start tomorrow morning at 7:30 with Jarrod Lyle and Chris Nallen.
Co-leader Darron Stiles is one group behind him starting on tenth at 7:40 with countryman Spencer Levin and New Zealander Josh Geary.
The third of the leading trio, American Matt Bettencourt will also tee off in the morning groups at 9:20am with Australian Ewan Porter and American Michael Boyd.
Source – PGA Tour