Thursday's Golf Capsules
Friday, August 26, 2011
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Harrison Frazar is leading The Barclays. All anyone wanted to talk about was Irene.
Whatever enthusiasm there was for start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was dampened Thursday — first by rain that halted the first round for nearly three hours, then from the gloomy forecast of Hurricane Irene. That left players and officials wonder when, how or even if they can finish the opening playoff event.
Of the early starters — who didn't finish until mid-afternoon — Frazar led an onslaught of birdies on rain-softened Plainfield Country Club, shooting a 7-under 64. One of the few times he was in trouble, he chipped in from behind the first green to turn bogey into birdie.
Vijay Singh overcame a double bogey early in his round for a 65 and was tied with Jonathan Byrd. Adam Scott was in the group at 66. Nick Watney, the No. 1 seed as the race begins for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus, was among those at 67.
When it was too dark to continue, 51 players did not finish the round. They were to return at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, and the tee times for the second round were expected to be pushed back by about 30 minutes.
William McGirt, the last of the 125 players who qualified for the playoffs, had to stop after making his seventh birdie in an eight-hole stretch to get to 7-under par through 11 holes. Matt Kuchar, the defending champion at The Barclays, also was at 7 under through 16 holes.
Canadian Women's Open
MIRABEL, Quebec (AP) — Ai Miyazato and Pernilla Lindberg shot 7-under 65s in wet conditions to share the lead in the Canadian Women's Open, while Michelle Wie was two strokes back in her title defense.
Canadian Samantha Richdale opened with a 66 at Hillsdale Gold Club, and Wie was another stroke back along with Angela Stanford, Mi Hyun Kim, Song-Hee Kim and Jenny Shin.
Wie, using a long putter, holed a 60-footer for birdie on the par-5 fifth and closed with a 45-foot birdie putt on her final hole. She won last year at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Miyazato won the Evian Masters in July. The Japanese star won five LPGA Tour titles last year.
Johnnie Walker Championship
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — England's Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 to take the lead in the Johnnie Walker Championship before first-round play was suspended in the event hampered by fog and swarming wasps.
The start was delayed by 2 hours, 40 minutes because of reduced visibility, and 51 players will have to complete their first round early Friday.