Persistent rain ruins most of first day of play at Travelers Championship

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Only two groups of players actually finished the first round on Thursday.
By
Pat Eaton-Robb
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Michael Bradley had a one-stroke lead when first-round play in the Travelers Championship was suspended for the day Thursday.

Bradley was 6 under with two holes left when play was stopped at 11:30 a.m. at TPC River Highlands.

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"You know what, it's unfortunate," Bradley said. "The course is unplayable. There's a lot of water on the course."

Officials reopened the driving range late in the afternoon and hoped to resume play at 5:45 p.m. after emptying the bunkers of waters and using squeegees on several fairways. But another shower forced more delays and officials eventually decided not to restart play before 7:00 a.m. Friday.

"All the good work they'd done, they lost," said Mark Russell, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition.

PGA Tour officials said the course received just over an inch of rain in the 6 hours before play was called for the day.

Vijay Singh was in a group of seven players a shot back. Singh hit his drive into the woods on the par-4 15th hole just before the rain delay. He found the ball and was expected to take a drop when play resumes.

Bo Van Pelt also was at 5 under through 15 after making an eagle and two birdies on his final three holes of the morning.

"Unfortunately, weather, Mother Nature took over," he said.

Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was in a group at 4 under.

Only two groups finished the round. Kris Blanks shot a 68 to put him four strokes behind Bradley and Ben Curtis opened with a 69.

Russell said officials hope to play from 7:00 a.m. to sunset on Friday and be back on schedule to finish on Sunday. But the forecast called for more rain.

"Right now, we're just thinking lets come in the morning and play some golf and if we can, we'll make some decisions at that time," Russell said. But we are tied in to playing 72 holes. We are going to play 72 holes here."