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B.C. OPEN A VICTIM
OF HURRICANE FLOYD

Hurricane Floyd washed out the first round of the B.C. Open Thursday after Gene Sauers got off to a fast start.

Sauers, who hasn't won on tour in a decade, was alone atop the leader board at 3-under-par through five holes when organizers halted play at 9:30 a.m. as the storm intensified and the wind picked up.

"It was brief and it was wet," said Tom Lehman, who like Tiger Woods plans to use the tournament in Endicott as a final tune-up for the Ryder Cup. "It must have rained some overnight because the course was pretty wet. By our third or fourth hole the bunkers were full of water and the greens were starting to fill up. There was just not much you could do about that."

After a night of drizzle and fog, a steady rain began pelting the En-Joie Golf Course in the morning.

Play resumed at 8 this morning with the tournament still set for 72 holes.

Floyd claimed other victims Thursday as well, including the American League baseball game between the Athletics and Orioles in Baltimore and a pair of National Hockey League preseason games -- the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers scheduled for Madison Square Garden and the Washington Capitals' game in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Thursday marked the third straight night the NHL has lost at least one preseason game because of Floyd.

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