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Heavy rains in Honolulu

 

The first round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club has been washed out after heavy overnight rains on Thursday.

Which means the tournament is now very squashed together.

The final two rounds will both be played on Sunday and the number of players eligible to make the cut has been reduced to the top 60 and ties, intead of the top 70.

The prize-money structure will remain the same however, so the top 70 and ties will still recieve recognition, rankings points and prize money for their efforts.

It is very out of charater for an event in Hawaii to be affected by the weather.

“You don’t come here expecting this,” defending champion Ryan Palmer said. “You come here expecting to get in the water and get a tan. It’s unfortunate for Sony and this great tournament.”

It’s the first time for Waialae to have an entire day of play postponed since it began hosting a PGA TOUR event in 1965.

The main reason that it is vital for the event to finish on Sunday is that next weekend's tournament, the Bob Hope Classic, is a 90-hole event that starts on Wednesday. A Monday finish would mean that it would be virtually impossible for anyone who made the cut, to also play in the Bob Hope Classic.

The Mole suspects that television rights and the cost incurred in delaying the tournament by a day are also a pretty big factor.

The heavy rains that hit Oahu soaked the Waialae course to the point that tournament officials deemed it unplayable. Rain also wiped out Wednesday’s pro-am.

"The golf course is under water," Mark Russell, the US Tour’s vice president of rules, competition and administration said. "We’ve got some more rain coming, and we just didn’t think that we could get it in tournament condition today."

Although rain remained in the forecast for Thursday, it is not expected to be as severe as Wednesday night’s rains.

"It’s going to gradually get better through the next 12 to 24 hours," said Ray Tanabe, a National Weather Service forecaster, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

The players must have been incredibly bored as well, even the practice range was closed.

 


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