Share this article

print logo

TIGER WASHED OUT IN WESTCHESTER

Rain got the best of Tiger Woods on Thursday in the Buick Classic, limiting him to only two shots on the waterlogged Westchester Country Club course.

Woods, coming off a disappointing 12th-place finish in the U.S. Open, came up short on the par-3 first hole, chipped within a few feet of the cup and marked his ball as the first of a series of downpours halted play.

Despite several false starts, Woods and the other players on the course Thursday afternoon did not play again. One last heavy shower at 6:30 p.m. convinced tour officials to finish the first round this morning. More rain is forecast for today and Saturday.

Scott Hoch, who finished 16 holes, was the leader at 4-under-par. Gabriel Hjertstedt, who also finished 16 holes, was at 3-under with Mark Wiebe, who played 15 holes, and Brian Watts, who played 14.

Thirty-seven golfers completed 18 holes Thursday, with a group of six -- including Brad Faxon, Justin Leonard and Corey Pavin -- entering today's second round (3 p.m., ESPN) at 2-under.

Fifty-seven players didn't get on the course. They included David Duval, the runner-up to Dennis Paulson in last year's tournament, Vijay Singh, Paul Azinger, Fred Couples, Nick Faldo and Ben Crenshaw.

Hoch said he made some good early saves in a five-birdie round. His lone bogey came on No. 4, his 13th hole of the day, when he three-putted from the fringe. He was on the eighth green in regulation and had only the easy par-5 ninth hole to play to complete his round.

"I was hoping we'd finish up," he said.

The start-and-stop nature of play during rainy weather can tax golfers, Hoch said.

"Mentally, you've got to be prepared to play, and that might be tougher than the part about loosening up," Hoch said. "The way this tournament is going to be, there's probably going to be a number of stoppages during this week. It's just as important to be sharp mentally as it is to be loose."

Leonard said he is far more rested for the Buick Classic than he would be during a normal week because he missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

"I got to go home Saturday and hang out by the pool and work out for a couple of days," he said. "So you know, I am more rested now than I was going into last week."

Martin even through 11

CENTERVILLE, Ohio -- Casey Martin, looking to make his first cut since winning a Supreme Court decision that would allow him to use a cart on the PGA Tour, was at even par through 11 holes in the rain-delayed first round of the Buy.com Dayton Open.

The 29-year-old Martin had three straight birdies and was 4-under through seven holes on the par-72, 7,139-yard course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace. Then came disaster on the par-4 8th, where two errant drives produced a quadruple bogey.

Lee Rinker and Todd Barranger shared the lead with 8-under 64s, but 72 of the 152 players were unable to complete the first round because of the weather.

Masters first: Final 18 on TV

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Masters Tournament will break with tradition and allow 18-hole television coverage of the final round for the first time next year.

Viacom Inc.'s CBS Corp., which has televised golf's first major tournament of the year for the past 46 years, will cover every hole in Sunday's final round.

Sunday's broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. local time, 90 minutes earlier than in previous years.

There are no comments - be the first to comment