Rain, rain, go away

Sometime in the next two days, we might get a result from the Seniors PGA Championship

Sun, 16 Apr 2000

The Seniors PGA Championship is slowly but surely unravelling and hopefully, sometime this evening, we might find a winner. The tournament is just getting warmed up after heavy rains and cold damp conditions and Doug Tewell was just getting started preparing for his first Major win on the Senior PGA Tour.

Tewell parred Nos. 16, 17 and 18, finishing his opening round at 4-under-par 68 and to share of the lead. Then he shot a bogey-free 66 in Saturday's second round and was the clubhouse leader at 10-under 134 when play was suspended for the sixth time in three days.

Tewell was four shots ahead of Dana Quigley when play was halted by heavy rain. Some 91 players were unable to start or finish the second round, including Quigley, who was 6 under for the tournament through six holes.

Larry Nelson was 5 under through seven holes, and Japan's Seiji Ebihara -- the other first-round co-leader -- dropped to 3 under after three holes. Tom Kite shot a 6-under 66 and is lurking four behind the leader.

Second-round play is scheduled to resume Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m. They will try to finish the second and third rounds on Sunday and play the final 18 holes Monday, said Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America's senior director of tournaments. But the weather might not co-operate, especially with more rain in the forecast.

"The greens are flooded, the bunkers were flooded and the fairways are flooded," Haigh said. "Can it take much more? It can keep taking little bits, but we'd much prefer it to stop." If only three rounds are completed by Monday, then the championship would be reduced to 54 holes.



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