Leaders just starting third round when weather again halts play
February 15, 2014
By By Joe Chemycz, Web.com Tour staff, PGATOUR.COM
- Mother Nature improved her record to 3-0 against competitors hoping to see the event get on schedule. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Make it Mother Nature 3, golf 0 after three days of play at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro, the first on the Web.com Tour’s 25th season. Almost on cue, lightning and heavy rain showers moved into the area and forced an afternoon suspension for the third straight day.
Play was suspended at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday and 3:10 p.m. on Friday. This time the stoppage came at 3:15 p.m. with all 70 players who made the cut on the Country Club of Bogota course.
The trio of 36-hole leaders -- Bill Lunde, Justin Thomas and Andrew Putnam -- were barely 10 minutes into their round and had yet to complete the first hole. All three wound up sharing the second-round lead at 8-under 134.
"It's a little frustrating that you wait around all day and then we finally get to play but we can see the clouds building before the rain comes," said Lunde, who will face a 30-foot birdie putt when play resumes. "I've been around long enough to know that there isn't anything we can do. It is what it is."
The stop in play couldn't have come at a worse time for 26-year old Bogota native Sebastian Pinzon who opened his round with four birdies in five holes to inch within one shot of the lead.
"It's a little frustrating because I got it going but it's also good because I need to calm down a little bit," said Pinzon, a 2011 graduate of Barry University in Miami. "I'm a little anxious obviously because I'm up with the leaders."
Pinzon did a nice job of putting the end of his second round out of his mind in time for the start of Round 3.
"I ended my round with a four-putt on No. 9," he said. "I was just too aggressive with my first putt and it cost me strokes. Two strokes makes a big difference right now but I knew I played well for 35 holes and tried to learn from it."
While the rains let up from the initial downpour, tournament officials were forced to call play for the day at 4:45 p.m. because there wasn’t enough time to get the course in a ready condition.
The plan is for play to resume at 7 am Sunday, complete the third round and hope the afternoon rains don’t come and allow the tournament to crown a 72-hole champion.
• The second round resumed play at 7am with more than half the field needing to finish the round.
• The second round was completed at 12:45 pm.
• A total of 70 players made the 36-hole cut, which came at even-par 142
• The cut history in five years at CC of Bogota:
Year Cut line No. of players making the cut 2010 +1 73 2011 E 65 2012 +1 73 2013 -1 62 2014 E 70
• Third-round play was in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees. Times ranged from 1:15-3:05 p.m.
• Lift, clean and place conditions are in effect for the third round.
• Third-round play was suspended because of lightning and approaching strorms at 3:15 p.m. with all 70 players on the course. Play was called for the day at 4:45 p.m.
• Third-round play will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday.
• Fourth-round tee times will run from 10:10 a.m. to noon. Players will NOT be re-paired for the final round.
• During the off-season a change was implemented regarding the cut size on the Web.com Tour for 2014. The low 65 players (and ties) will advance to play the final 36 holes – as opposed to the low 60 (and ties) that has been in effect for several years.
• Here’s what the second-round leaderboard looked like when the second-round was halted Friday afternoon:
1. Bill Lunde 134 (-8) T2. Justin Thomas 7-under thru 16 Jonathan Randolph 7-under thru 15 4. Peter Tomasulo 136 (-6)
• Here’s what the leaderboard looked like after completion of the second round:
T1 Bill Lunde 134 (-8) Justin Thomas 134 (-8) Andrew Putnam 134 (-8) 4. Chris Wilson 135 (-7) 5. Peter Tomasulo 136 (-6) Jonathan Randolph 136 (-6) Alex Cejka 136 (-6) Jin Park 136 (-6) Sam Saunders 136 (-6) Carlos Ortiz 136 (-6) Derek Fathauer 136 (-6)
• The course record at CC of Bogota is 64. Will Wilcox (Rd. 3) and Kirk Triplett (Rd. 3) both shot 7-under scores in 2012. Danny Lee matched that number in the opening round a year ago. Derek Fathauer matched in Round 2.
• Rookie Nick Taylor became the fifth player in tournament history to register a pair of eagles in a single round. Taylor chalked up his eagles on the par-5, 8th and the par-5, 18th. Taylor needed the eagles to offset five bogeys. He fired an even-par 71 and is at even-par 142 through two rounds.
• Richard S. Johnson shot a 5-under 30 on the front side in Round 2. He finished with a 3-under 68, which put him at 1-under for the tournament.
• Lunde spent five years on the PGA TOUR (2009-13) and has made 67 cuts in 122 career starts. His lone victory came at the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship in New York. Lunde also has one win on the Web.com Tour -- the 2008 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio.
• This is the third time that Lunde has held/shared the second-round lead in 84 career starts on the Web.com Tour. He was T1 at the 2004 Samsung Canadian PGA Championship (T6) and was solo first at the 2008 Albertsons Boise Open (T6). In 122 PGA TOUR starts, he shared the first-round lead at the 2010 Viking Classic (T23).
• Thomas returned to the course early Saturday morning and needed about 15 minutes to complete his second round. Thomas was on the green in two at the par-5, 8th when play was suspended Friday afternoon. He two-putted for birdie and then parred the final hole for his second-round 69 and a share of the lead. Thomas was the outright leader after the first round with a 6-under 65.
• Thomas is making only his second career start on the Web.com Tour. Playing as an amateur, he posted scores of 72-73 (+3) and missed the cut at the 2012 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
• Thomas won both the Jack Nicklaus Award and the Fred Haskins Award in 2012, awards given to the top collegiate golfer.
• Thomas played four PGA TOUR events as an amateur and made the cut in three. He has made five starts on TOUR in the 2013-14 wraparound season and made the cut in two – T72 at the Frys.com Open in October and T10 at the Farmers Insurance Open last month. Thomas played in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week but missed the 54-hole cut with a 2-over 217 total (70-73-75).
• Putnam fired a bogey-free 5-under 66 to move into a tie for the second-round lead. Putnam had to finish 17 holes on Saturday morning and joined Bill Lunde and Justin Thomas at 8-under 134.
• Putnam has bounced back from a bout of food poisoning earlier this week, which forced him to withdraw halfway through Tuesday’s Pro-Am.
"I’ve been better," he said after his round. "You usually play good golf when you’re sick because you forget about everything. My caddie and I have been doing a good job with our numbers so far. The course is a lot softer than it was the first day and so it’s much easier to go at some pins and be more aggressive."
• Putnam is in his second full year on the Web.com Tour. He made the cut in 15 of 24 starts last year and finished No. 49 on the final money list but did not earn his PGA TOUR card. Putnam got his year off to a solid start with four sub-par rounds (69-68-70-70/277, 7-under) and a T15 in Bogota last March. He went on to finish T9 at the Mexico Championship and T7 at the Rex Hospital Open.
• Fathauer matched the course record with a 7-under 64 in the second round. Fathauer got off to a hot start, reeling off six consecutive birdies to reach 8-under through his first 13 holes. After four straight pars, Fathauer stumbled with a bogey-6 on the closing hole after hitting his second shot into the water that guards the green.
"I had about 200 to the front edge," he said. "It wasn’t a very good lie and I probably should have laid up."
Fathauer closed with a two-putt bogey and a score that pushed him into a tie for fifth place.
• Fathauer -- the last man in the field -- reeled of six consecutive birdies starting at No. 5. Fathauer, who shot a 1-over 72 in Round 1, also birdied the second hole and turned the front nine in a tournament-record 6-under 29 and moved into contention at 5-under. His birdie at the par-5, 10th got him to 6-under and two back of the lead at the time.
• Fathauer's six birdies in a row matched the tournament record set by Ryan Spears in the second round last year. Spears' streak ran from Nos. 14-1.
• Pinzon (pin-ZONE) is making his third career start on the Web.com Tour. He played as an amateur in 2012 and missed the cut. He received a sponsor exemption again last year and posted rounds of 70-72 but missed the cut by one stroke.
• Pinzon has played on the LatinoAmerica Tour the past two years and made one cut in 14 total starts.
• Players who were bogey-free this week:
Round 1 -- Tony Finau (69), Alex Cejka (68), Carlos Ortiz (67), Michael Kim (66), Alex Rocha (66)
Round 2 – Andrew Putnam (66), Rod Pampling (67), Jon Curran (67)
• Course statistics for the week:
Front 9 (35) Back 9 (36) Total (71) Round 1 35.713 35.490 71.203 Round 2 35.814 36.250 72.064
• Did you know…Bogota is the capital and largest city in Colombia with a population of 7.4M people in the greater metropolitan area. Bogota is the third-highest capital city in South America at 8,612 feet above sea level, after Quito, Ecuador and La Paz, Bolivia.