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Rain washes out play again at New Zealand PGA

Rain washes out play again at New Zealand PGA

Rain washed out play again Saturday at the New Zealand PGA Championship, forcing organizers to reduce the tournament to 36 holes with a proposed Sunday finish.
Rain canceled all play Friday and while 51 players managed to start their rounds Saturday, they were forced from the course less than two hours later when more heavy rain hit the area.
Canadian David Hearn and Americans Darron Stiles and Matt Bettencourt shot 6-under-par 66s Thursday to share the lead after the first round at Clearwater. They were one shot clear of three golfers with 67s _ Americans D.A. Points, Rick Price and Dave Schultz.
All 156 players in the joint Australasian PGA and Nationwide event will play Sunday.
However, officials said the win will not count as an official one and the champion will not gain exempt status on the Nationwide Tour for the remainder of 2008 as well as 2009.
"It's obviously been a terrible week for everyone," said Andrew Langford-Jones, the director of tournaments for the Australasian Tour.
"We are trying to do all we can to make this as good an event as we can, but the one thing we cannot control is the weather."


Updated : 2021-10-28 22:55 GMT+08:00