Hurricane Floyd washed out the first round of the B.C. Open tournament in Endicott, N.Y., yesterday after Gene Sauers got off to a fast start.
Sauers, who hasn't won on tour in a decade, was alone atop the leader board at 3 under par through five holes when organizers halted play at 9:30 a.m. as the storm intensified and the wind picked up.
"It was brief, and it was wet," said Tom Lehman, who planned to use the B.C. Open as a final tune-up for his third Ryder Cup appearance. "It must have rained some overnight because the course was pretty wet. By our third or fourth hole the bunkers were full of water, and the greens were starting to fill up. There was just not much you could do about that."
What fell early in the day was more than enough for Jonathan Kaye, who got soaked even before he teed off.
"I pulled my pants out to tuck my shirt in, and all the water from the top of the will-call tent went right down my back," said Kaye, who was 1 over through five holes. "We were a little confused how to operate the umbrellas."
Weather permitting, play will resume at 8 a.m. today with the tournament still set for 72 holes.
LPGA: Chris Johnson birdied seven of her last 10 holes to post an 8-under-par 64 for a two-shot lead over Australia's Wendy Doolan after the first round of the $650,000 Safeco Classic in Kent, Wash.
Michelle McGann, Leslie Spalding, Catriona Matthew, Akiko Fukushima and Ashli Price-Bunch shot 67s over the 6,198-yard Meridian Valley Country Club course.
EUROPE: Alex Cejka of Germany outplayed seven members of Europe's Ryder Cup team in the opening round in Saint-Nom La-Breteche, France, firing a 7-under 64 for a two-shot lead.
Europe's leading golfer, Colin Montgomerie, was among three to shoot 66 in the last warm-up before Europe plays the United States in the Ryder Cup next week in Brookline, Mass. Peter Senior of Australia and Argentine Jose Coceres also had 66s.
Six golfers were bracketed at 67.
Ryder Cup wild card Andrew Coltart struggled at the start, with three straight bogeys before recovering for a 72, tying British Open winner Paul Lawrie.
Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain shot a 68, and Jarmo Sandelin had a 70.
After completing his round, Montgomerie immediately answered Nick Faldo's recent claim he was operating in a "comfort zone" by declining to play the U.S. tour.
"Whether or not going to America has set me back in my career we will never know," the Scot said. "But I will never regret it because my family always comes first."