Rain-delayed Insperity Invitational shortened to 36 holes

Rain disrupted play at the Insperity Invitational for the second day in a row Saturday, and PGA Tour Champions officials decided to reduce the event at The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club from 54 holes to 36 holes.

Less than four hours of action occurred on Saturday, which was supposed to feature both the first and second rounds after the Friday round was rained out.

Tim Petrovic holds a one-shot lead at 6 under par through 12 holes. Canada’s Mike Weir is second at 5 under through 13 holes, and Chris DiMarco (21 holes), England’s Paul Broadhurst (nine holes) and Fiji’s Vijay Singh (eight holes) share third place at 4 under.

Twelve players, including John Daly, are tied for sixth at 3 under, having played between seven and 14 holes.

The first round is now scheduled to conclude Sunday morning, with the second (and now final) round due to be held immediately thereafter.

Dealing with the ever-changing schedule made the past few days far from normal for the players.

“I sat in my bus for two days and ate pizza,” Petrovic said. “And my wife came up this week. So this is great, I come up and it rains for like two days. So just got to kind of be patient. We knew we would eventually get a chance to play.”

Petrovic was pleased that at least part of a round was held Saturday.

“It was crucial because I don’t think we have time to play 36 (Sunday),” he said. “They say they might get some thunderstorm in the morning … (so) that was very important that we get some golf in. At least make an effort to get golf in. We lucked out I think the rain kind of backed off a little bit to let us finish, at least play until dark.”

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