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Genesis Open Endures Stormy Weather

Saunders and Vegas Tied

 

February 9, 2017

Fred Altieri

Bill Haas from the rough on Hole 17 - Round 2

Umbrellas and raincoats were the fashion statement at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades as the Second Round of the 2017 Genesis Open was suspended on Friday at 12:18 p.m. due to the inclement weather that is currently drenching the Southland.

Sam Saunders and Jhonattan Vegas shared the lead on the wet, windswept golf course that was threatened with potential flooding. Thursday's first round was suspended due to darkness.

Only 24 players have completed the Second Round with play scheduled to restart at 7:00 Saturday morning.

Vegas managed to tie Saunders in Second Round at -7 though 14 holes. Saunders has yet to resume play after having registered seven birdies and no bogeys in the First Round. Vegas managed four birdies on the front-nine before bogeying the par 5 Hole 11.

"To be honest, I thought that just staying super patient. I knew I was going to hit a lot of bad shots... I had a lot of up and downs. You get opportunities on this course, so just stayed patient out there today."

Jordan Spieth moved up 28 spots into contention Friday morning with a -5 through 16 holes after posting -2 for a 69 in the First Round. Spieth birdied four holes and bogeyed the par 4 Hole 12.

Spieth: "So just about trying to stay patient. Things aren't going to always go your way on a day like today. Actually rarely they're going to go your way. So try and pick your spots on the easy holes and then from there hit putts with the right speed and make it as stress free as possible."

"Softer golf course, for sure, but the fairways were firm enough. I don't think the fairways are going to be much of a problem. It's the greens that it could be a lot tougher to putt on, on poa annua once they get soft."

Cameron Percy shot an even-Par 71 in Round 2 drop two spots down to fourth after having recorded a -5 in Round 1. Percy commented about an added incentive to get off the course: "We just set in and signed our scorecards and on the eighth hole we heard a big crack and this massive tree fell down right near us."

Fred Altieri

Jordan Spieth lets it fly on the 18th Tee - Round 2

"Then we got in and I said, look, it's getting too dangerous out here and we said it is pretty dangerous out there. So we finished and I get to go home and rest now... Even par, if you had to give me that at the start. If you said I was going to finish this morning I'd have taken that for sure.

The PGA Tour hopes to complete all four rounds by Sunday evening but are going to need help from Mother Nature. More rain is in the forecast for Saturday Morning with the diminishing precipitation expected before Sunday.

The Genesis Open announced that all Friday grounds tickets will be honored on Saturday or Sunday. Friday clubhouse tickets will also be honored on either day. Second-round play is scheduled to resume Saturday at 9 a.m.

 

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