Wednesday 24 May 2017

Torrential rain and waterlogged course sees play temporarily suspended at US PGA Championship

Workers push water off the 10th fairway after play was suspended during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Workers push water off the 10th fairway after play was suspended during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Phil Casey

Former champion Martin Kaymer completed just one hole of his second round before play was suspended due to a waterlogged course in the US PGA Championship.

More than an inch of rain fell on Baltusrol overnight and further downpours on Friday morning forced a temporary halt in play at 8:15am local time, 75 minutes after the final major of the year had resumed.

Tournament officials said the players would remain in place on the course while the excess water was cleared, with clearer conditions expected shortly.

Kaymer, who won his first major title in the US PGA at Whistling Straits in 2010, began the day just a shot behind overnight leader Jimmy Walker, but bogeyed the first to fall back to three under par.

The former world number one had been one of just 10 players to break par from the afternoon starters on Thursday, with Open champion Henrik Stenson one of the others thanks to a 67.

Rory McIlroy was in need of a sub-par score just to avoid missing the cut in the event for the first time in his career, the two-time winner having struggled to an opening 74.

The longest putt McIlroy holed was just seven feet and he needed 34 more to finish a birdie-free round - his fourth in 115 major rounds and second this year - nine shots off the lead and three outside the projected cut.

With the searing heat on Thursday forcing tournament officials to water the greens during play, McIlroy said he would wait until temperatures cooled before returning to the course to work on his putting.

And the 27-year-old world number four was as good as his word, arriving at 6.15pm and spending more than an hour on the putting green under the watchful eye of coach Michael Bannon.

''I need to be more aggressive with my stroke, shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend," McIlroy said. "That's the first objective. I will stay as patient as I can and try to turn it around.''

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