PGA Seniors delayed by Lightning

A serious lightning storm prevented most of the field from completing the 1st day

Golfmagic Newswire
Fri, 14 Apr 2000
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Japan's Seiji Ebihara shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to take the lead during the suspended first round of the PGA Seniors' Championship.

Fifty-two players were unable to complete the round because of darkness after the threat of lightning interrupted play twice for a total of 2 hours, 57 minutes. When play resumed, there was a steady drizzle for much of the rest of the afternoon.

Doug Tewell, playing his first full season on the Senior Tour, was 4 under through 15 holes on PGA National's Champion course.

Hubert Green, the 1977 U.S. Open winner and 1985 PGA champion, was a stroke back along with Gibby Gilbert and Dana Quigley. Ireland's Christy O'Connor Jr., was 3 under through 12. Hale Irwin, seeking his fourth victory in the tournament in five years, and Larry Nelson, the 1987 winner of the PGA Championship at PGA National, topped a six-player group at 70.

Defending champion Allen Doyle was still on the course when darkness halted play. He was 1 under through 12 holes. Tom Watson and Lee Trevino shot 72s, Lanny Wadkins and Gary Player shot 75s and Bruce Fleisher had a 77.

Ebihara had three birdies and a bogey on each nine. One bogey came at the par-4 eighth when he missed the green with his second shot, his first stroke after the initial rain delay.

When he returned to the course the second time, he sank a putt of about 6 feet to save par at No. 12. He holed a 25-foot chip from behind the 16th green for his final birdie. Green and Gilbert played bogey-free golf with three birdies. Quigley, playing for the 87th consecutive week and the 100th straight tournament in which he has been eligible, made four birdies and a bogey, all on the back nine.

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