Further delays at NZPGA
BY iseekgolf.com | Web.com Tour | 2008 NZ PGA Championship | Round Two | 16 Feb 2008
Play has once again been suspended at the 2008 NZ PGA Championship after just one and a half hours play today, furthering frustrations for the organisers and players.
After a one hour delay, the first groups teed off at 8:30am but completed just five holes before the heavy rains forced officials to suspend play.
With a day lost yesterday and the first hour of the third day lost through rain and a water-logged course, the battle is on to get the 156-strong field to complete 36 holes before the cut can be made.
Overnight co-leader Canadian David Hearn had a horrendous start to the day dropping four shots in five holes and returned to the clubhouse on 2 under. The 32-year-old, playing for the third time at Clearwater parred the first hole then followed with a bogey, double bogey before parring the next two holes.
The second of the trio of co-leaders American Darren Stiles, a 34-year-old with four previous Nationwide Tour wins to his credit also fell victim to the conditions but fared a little better than Hearn dropping two shots on the par 4, 13th. Stiles completed four holes before returning to the clubhouse.
American Matt Bettencourt, the third of the overnight leaders had not teed off and remains atop the leaderboard on 6 under, one shot ahead of D.A Points, Rick Price and Dave Shultz.
The best rounds of the day were from American Bubba Dickerson and Australian Won Joon Lee, both of who were two-under after three holes. New Zealand’s Phil Tataurangi was one-under after four and Michael Campbell parred his first four holes.
Source – PGA Tour