ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- First-round play at the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open was suspended for the day on Friday at 3:32 p.m. ET after the En-Joie Golf Course became unplayable due to several bands of heavy rain that moved through the area. After 1.7 inches of rain fell on Tuesday night, the course added another 4/10 of an inch on Friday afternoon, rendering the course unplayable for the remainder of the day.
The first round will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and the second round will start at 9:10 a.m. with players staying in the same groupings as they were in for the first round. Play was originally suspended on Friday at 2:16 p.m.
"There's just too much standing water in some of the fairways for us to play under the Rules of Golf," Champions Tour Tournament Director Gene Smith said. "After the rain we had on Tuesday night, the rain that we had this afternoon made the course unplayable and it's not going to get any better the rest of the day today. We will come out and assess the course in the morning. We have a good weather forecast and the plan is for us to finish the second round on schedule at 6:05 p.m. tomorrow night."
This is the first suspension of a round at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open since the first round of the 2009 event. A total of 69 players were on the course when play was suspended this afternoon.