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Wet grounds postpone Sony play

Doug Milne Doug Milne
Alex Rocha Alex Rocha

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

WAIALAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Large sections of Waialae Country Club were saturated. The PGA deemed it too wet and too sloppy to start the Sony Open.

"There is a very substantial amount of water on the golf course," PGA Tour media official Doug Milne said.

They needed pumps to siphon small ponds from fairways, remnants of the rain. The excess water got dumped into the rough.

"The biggest problem as you might imagine are the bunkers. They've essentially turned into pools," Milne said.

Groundskeepers gang tackled sand traps, hauled hoses and rushed to get Waialae into playing shape.

"A golfer's worst nightmare is a wet rough. There's a lot of rough out there and now a lot of wet rough out there. It's going to be a very challenging course to play," PGA player Alex Rocha said.

"This is actually my first official PGA Tour event of my career. I was really anxious to get going," rookie Daniel Summerhays said. "I was up this morning ready to go. But I've waited for a long time and I can wait another day."

The PGA plans to push the envelope - eighteen holes Friday, eighteen Saturday, then 36 on Sunday.

"That's our focus. Our goal is to get 72 holes in," Milne said.

The cancellation forced the The Golf Channel to Plan B. It filled time with studio interviews and course updates.

Sony will show the weekend rounds in 3D.

"We are in Hawaii. If there's any place that you'd like to take the time to look around and take it all in, this would be it, even on a rainy day," Rocha said.

If the course is up to snuff, the PGA's first full-field event tees off Friday at 7 a.m.

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