Not surprisingly, what with all the lost balls and extra strokes, the round went slowly and was eventually called because of darkness. That might have come as great news for the several dozen players who had yet to complete the first round at the Greg Norman-designed Emerald Reef Course at Sandals Emerald Bay who could take their chances with Monday’s weather, although it is expected to remain windy.
Somehow, Tom Lovelady got around in an even-par 72, which left him the early leader by two strokes over Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, with five players tied for third at four over par. Lovelady, a 23-year-old Alabama native, said afterward that he felt like he had just come out of the ocean.
“I’m kind of used to windy conditions, but this was absurdly windy, it was crazy,” Ancer said. “The golf course is playing extremely hard.”
“I can’t believe I finished,” said Kyle Thompson, one of the players who managed a 76. The 37-year-old, who has played in 54 PGA Tour events, added, “What a tough, tough round of golf.”
The tournament will end Wednesday, and here’s hoping conditions improve by then. The Web.com Tour’s next stop, the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic (Jan. 22-25) will also feature a Sunday-Wednesday format.