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Rain Postpones Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Heavy rains canceled the opening round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. The $1.8 million, 54-hole Champions Tour event started Friday at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.
Over an inch and a half of rain fell Tuesday, drenching the course. More rains Friday made the course unplayable, so officials canceled play until Saturday morning. "We have several fairways out there that are totally under water. If a player was trying to take relief from casual water, he would probably have to go about 40 yards from where the ball is on the fairway," said Gene Smith, assistant tournament director for the Champions Tour. "We're not going to play that way."
Bernhard Langer, who won the last tournament on the over-50 circuit, the 3M Championship two weeks ago, was at 7-under through 15 holes before play was halted. "I played pretty solid. I drove the ball very well. I hit a lot of fairways to give myself opportunities with my iron shots," Langer said.
"I'm disappointed we had to stop because I was going well, feeling good, but hopefully we'll continue tomorrow."
Willie Wood posted a 5-under 67. Also at 5-under were defending champion John Huston (through 15 holes) and Chien Soon Lu (nine holes).
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