The second round of the WGC – Accenture Match Play at La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad has been postponed due to flooding of the course after torrential overnight rain in southern California. Rounds two and three will now be played on Friday.
In total, one and three quarter inches of rain fell on the course overnight, adding to the one and a quarter inches which had fallen earlier in the week, leaving the majority of the course underwater and unplayable.
The 16 second round matches will now begin at 7.00am on Friday morning from both the first and tenth tees, with the eight third round matches commencing from the first tee only at approximately 11.45am.
Mike Shea, Senior Director of Rules for the US PGA Tour, said: “Quite simply, the golf course is unplayable. The greens are fine but there is a lot of water in the bunkers which still require quite a bit of work.
“However the main concern is the amount of casual water in the fairways, caused by the creek which runs through the centre of the course overflowing. We just could not play the game properly because of the condition of these fairways.
“The worst area is around the 14th fairway but in all honesty the majority of the course is affected. Some places it is difficult to get from tees to fairways and in other places it is difficult to get from fairways to greens.
“The forecast is good however. We look like we will have a sunny afternoon and although there are a few showers forecast for the remainder of the week, they are nothing compared to what we had overnight.”
Friday's Revised Second Round Tee Times:
7.00am: David Toms v Shaun Micheel
7.09am: John Huston v Peter Lonard
7.18am: Kenny Perry v Steve Flesch
7.27am: Phil Mickelson v Ben Curtis
7.36am: Tiger Woods v Trevor Immelman
7.45am: Mike Weir v Stephen Leaney
7.54am: Vijay Singh v Jerry Kelly
8.03am: Davis Love III v Fred Couples
7.00am: Padraig Harrington v Bob Estes
7.09am: Duffy Waldorf v Ian Poulter
7.18am: Darren Clarke v Alex Cejka
7.27am: Stuart Appleby v Chris DiMarco
7.36am: Thomas Bjorn v Fredrik Jacobson
7.45am: Colin Montgomerie v Stewart Cink
7.54am: Chad Campbell v Loren Roberts
8.03am: Robert Allenby v Adam Scott