Colonial update: wasted conditions

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013


By Chad Conine

Ugh, lightning.

About noon on Friday, conditions were just about perfect at Colonial Country Club. The overcast sky kept temperatures in the 80s with very little wind if any. Sang-Moon Bae, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, Martin Laird, Kevin Streelman, Matt Kuchar, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, John Daly and leader Ryan Palmer were about to tee off No. 1 in fairly rapid succession.

And then I felt what I thought just might be someone spitting on my head. Or doing something to generally irritate me. I convinced myself this could not possibly be the case. But then it happened again and again.

What do you know? It was raining. Not the end of the world, but I began to worry about keeping my camera dry. And then I heard a rumble and a horn.

Rain delay.

It never rained hard, nor were  there particularly dangerous conditions in the area. Nonetheless, lightning is lightning so all the golfers came in from the course and a rain delay commenced.

The initial rain delay occurred at 12:18 p.m. on Friday. Just as golfers were planning to tee it up again at 1:45, another crash of thunder indicated the beginning of another delay.

After more than two hours, the golf began again.

One of the players to get his round in before the delay was Dallas product Jordan Spieth, who fired a second round of 3-under 67, one stroke back of current (at 5 p.m.) leaders Graham Delaet and Palmer, who just started. Delaet also got out on the course early and in with a 67 to move to 9-under for the tournament.

It’s looking like some guys are going to have to play a whole lot of holes on Saturday. That’s another advantage for Delaet and Spieth, who will have less work on the docket tomorrow.

(Photo by Chad Conine)


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