The horn sounded at 3:09pm at Muirfield Village, suspending Friday’s foursomes session — which might sound familiar because play was halted at 2:38pm on Thursday.
It might also be reminiscent of The Memorial Tournament held here at Muirfield Village in late May/early June every season, which isn’t The Memorial without weather delays. Actually, the PGA Tour’s ongoing battle with inclement weather causing the suspension of play has truly been the theme of the year.
Mother Nature, you win.
Torrential showers of biblical proportions pounded the area for nearly over an hour until it finally started to clear around 4:30pm — at which point officials opened the range for players to get loose again before heading back out. At the time, there was no restart time because Tour officials had to assess the course conditions after getting nearly an inch of rain (“0.82 rainfall total).
Play is scheduled to restart at 5:45pm. In other words, we have about an hour of daylight left. “Lift, clean and place” will be in effect for the remainder of the day.
Here’s a photo Rex Hoggard tweeted of a bunker on the 18th (which also has a new creek running through the fairway that wasn’t there previously).
Okay, highlights so far!
Before the delay, the Internationals were up in 2 matches and the Americans were up in 3, while one match was all square. In other words, so far, historically, the “visiting” team is faring better than they usually do in this alternate-shot format.
Brendon de Jonge got off to a hot start and he also got some help from his partner Ernie Els, who holed out from a bunker on no. 9 to halve the hole with Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas, who appeared to struggle a bit on the front nine. The Internationals are 3 up in that match.
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson are celebrating with a lot of butt-slapping — and even butt-grabbing. Here now, Golf Digest’s Ashley Mayo caught Phil clutch a piece of Bradley’s rear-end.
Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods are 1 up in their match against Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Kuchar isn’t into the fist pump, which is where the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” celebration started. Also, to be clear, Kuchar says Tiger is his “Carlton.” LOLZ. So perfect.
Kuchar and Woods are still gelling. The pair are five-under through six holes. As you may recall, they were nine-under through 12 holes in their practice round on Wednesday, six of which they played alternate shot.
So far, Davis Love III has not adopted any small critters to replace Sammy the Squirrel.
Oh, how could I forget? — this happened during the delay. I’m still shaking.
Just had impromptu 1-on-1 interview for 20 min w/Mr. Nicklaus. Still shaking. Rain delays are good for something! pic.twitter.com/zgstbDVmFp
— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) October 4, 2013