Sony Open Rain Delay Causes Unique Situation
The steady rain at the PGA TOUR's Sony Open in Hawaii is making a mess of the course and the planning. Heavy and steady rains caused the PGA TOUR to postpone all play on Thursday.
(Thursday at the Sony Open in Hawaii was rained out. Photo from PGATOUR.com)
The PGA TOUR has announced an adjusted schedule to combat the weather Thursday. It's as follows:
Friday: Round 1
Saturday: Round 2
Sunday: Round 3 & Final Round
Making the Cut
The TOUR has also announced only the top 60 players will make the cut this week. All players in the top 70 will receive credit for making the cut and a share of the purse. The PGA TOUR can expect to have sunlight until about 6:10pm HT on Sunday.
More Rain in the Forecast
The forecast for Honolulu does not look PGA TOUR friendly. More rain is expected throughout the weekend with the forecast for Friday calling for 70% chance of rain all day. The PGA TOUR does have the option of pushing back the event to Monday or Tuesday but the next event, The Bob Hope Classic, is scheduled to begin play on Wednesday.
Should play be suspended again, the PGA TOUR would most likely be forced to push the event back to Monday. Under normal circumstances this would be a minor inconvenience to the players but with the Bob Hope Classic first round on Wednesday, players would have minimal time to prepare and rearrange their travel schedule. The result could mean players withdrawing from the Classic, something PGA TOUR and the players would like to avoid.