Wind Wreaks Havoc at Riviera, Delays Tiger Woods’ Genesis Invitational – NBC Los Angeles


Tiger Woods arrived at Riviera on Saturday simply in time for the Genesis Invitational to be delayed by excessive wind.

Woods, the event host, is just not taking part in this year as he recovers from a fifth again surgical procedure. He spent many of the late morning visiting with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and different gamers who had time on their arms.

The wind was gusting to 35 mph, sturdy sufficient in such dry situations that golf balls would not keep on the inexperienced. And then a bit of communications tools was toppled close to the 14th tee, and officers halted play.

It was purported to resume after a delay of simply over three hours. But as gamers had been warming up, play was stopped once more.

Sam Burns, who had a five-shot lead going into the third spherical, was poised over his opening tee shot when the horn sounded to droop the spherical.

The wind each harm and helped.

Keegan Bradley had a 40-foot birdie putt throughout the tenth inexperienced to a proper pin position. The wind saved pushing the ball alongside, past the cup, to the sting of the inexperienced and down a slope between two bunkers. He made double bogey.

Max Homa hit 5-iron from 222 yards within the fairway on the par-5 opening gap. It was a wise shot to the center of the inexperienced, and the wind and slope pushed it nearer and nearer to the opening till it stopped 10 inches away. Homa tapped in for eagle to achieve 8-under par, 4 photographs out of the lead, proper earlier than the horn sounded.

Weather delays usually are not uncommon in golf, simply not when the sky is good blue and visibility is so good the Pacific might simply be seen by gaps within the eucalyptus bushes.

“We had some balls move around on the putting greens, which we were able to deal with under the rules,” mentioned Steve Rintoul, the PGA Tour’s event director this week. “However, ultimately I think we got into a situation of player safety, safety of our volunteers and everybody else out there on the golf course was our primary reason for shutting things down.”

There wouldn’t be sufficient daylight to complete the third spherical if play ever resumed.

Two years in the past, rain pressured the ultimate teams to play 34 holes on Sunday, so ending the event was not anticipated to be an issue.

Johnson, who was 5 photographs behind Burns, had a 15-foot eagle putt when play was stopped. Jordan Spieth, in rivalry for the third straight week, opened with a birdie and was 5 photographs again.


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