Bad weather washes out Friday's play
Rain washed out the second round of the Texas Open on Friday, and PGA officials said more bad weather this weekend could push the tournament into Monday.
More than three inches of rain soaked the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, where leader Matt Jones and the rest of the field never got on the course. They’ll try again Saturday, when Jones will start with a one-stroke lead over Paul Stankowski.
Tournament officials delayed play for more than seven hours Friday before a late storm cell finally forced them to give up.
“Sad. We tried,” PGA Tour tournament director Slugger White said. “We did everything we possibly could.”
Only the second round will be played Saturday, White said. The hope is that the final 36 holes could then be played Sunday, but White did not rule out extending the tournament into Monday if necessary.
The National Weather Service called for a 30 percent chance of rain for the San Antonio area throughout the weekend.
“A lot is going to depend on what we do tomorrow weather-wise, how much play we get,” White said. “So probably, I would think, early to midafternoon we’ll know a little more about what’s going on Sunday.”
Jones, the 30-year Australian, shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to finish with the first opening-round lead of his career. He has four top-10 finishes this year but has yet to win on the tour.
Stankowski opened with a 67, and J.B. Holmes, Matt Weibring, Charley Hoffman and Steve Lowery had 68s. Ernie Els, the only player in field ranked in the top 10, was even.
Zach Johnson, the two-time defending champion, was 8 over.
The weather has put a damper on the debut of the new, Greg Norman-designed course where the Texas Open moved after 15 years at La Cantera Golf Club. The course is already proving to be more challenging than the “birdie fest” that Els called La Cantera.
The average opening-round score Thursday was 73.7—the second-highest on the tour this year, behind round two of the Masters.
The tour stays in Texas with next week’s Byron Nelson Classic. White said that tournament being so close has no bearing on whether they might play into Monday.
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