Pacific Palisades, CA – The forecast was rain on Today was spot on, that’s how the fans and golfers were spotty at best. Once the rain clears this field of golfers will be a joy to watch.
Round 1 originally began on schedule at 6:40 am before inclement weather caused a suspension of play at 7:30 am. The PGA officials did a hard reset and cleared the scorecards for the afternoon reset that tee off at 1:40 on front and back nine.
After the reset the current co-leaders Sung Kang (5-under-par through 14 holes) and Jordan Spieth (5-under through 12 holes) held unofficial lead following the conclusion of play Thursday.
The second half of golers won’t start their first round of play till Friday. So watching the scoreboard will be tough, so till Saturday look at top score and 10 stroke cut line as a guide if your golfer is performing or not.
“It was not even cold compared to what we had last week, so didn’t really bother me.” said Kang, “Then my turning point was I chipped in on 11 for eagle and since then I hit fairways.”
Kang was one of a handful of golfers who played last week up North at Pebble Beach where they had similar weather.
Now no stranger to being on top of a field earlier is Spieth battled the element well after the restart.
“The toughest part was just playing Riviera in the wind. Once you turn into the breeze out here, you’re just trying to hold on for dear life,” said Spieth, ” I’m excited to try and cap off this round well and then get a little bit of work in that I need.”
The completion of round 1 will be after lunch on Friday. The Open will have it’s normal challenges during this time of year.
The Riviera Country Club has held up well and been draining well to allow for smooth rolls on the greens. The players with strong short game will do well over the next few days of play.
The remainder of round 1 will start at 7:50 Friday if weather permits.