Only thirty golfers or so had a chance to make it off the first tee on Friday morning. After 44 minutes, the siren forced players back to the locker rooms as play was postponed. There was early hope that the golfers would be able to get back on the course Friday afternoon, but all of that ended as rain continued to pour down on the TPC course at Sawgrass. Late in the day officials made the decision to call the second round off completely and try to resume at 7am Saturday morning.
Professional golf is about keeping up with the Joneses, it seems. I can't blame you for thinking there was no golf to watch this Friday, with the PGA Tour experiencing yet another rainout at The Players Championship. But while Steve Jones was gathering the lead in the unofficial fifth major on the PGA Tour, 45-year old Rosie Jones was surging to a share of the lead in her own major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Jones, who's never won a major on the LPGA Tour, is tied with Annika Sorenstam at -5 after two rounds of play.
Thunderstorms have put an early end to the second round at the Indonesia Open, but that's not what put an end to Colin Montgomerie's chances of making the field in his 14th straight Masters. Montgomerie sits at -3 (the projected cut line) and is in jeopardy of missing the cut and not making the field for the 2005 Masters. Colin needed a win in this event to move into the top 50 in the world to secure a spot in this year's first major.
Though I doubt Steve Jones will be around this weekend, he's put himself in a pretty good spot to prove me wrong. The man who won the 1996 U.S. Open (and hasn't been heard from since) escaped the mudballs, made some fine putts, and shot a blistering 64 at the TPC at Sawgrass. He leads The Players Championship over Fred Funk, Zach Johnson, and Lee Westwood, all of whom shot 65s, and a cast of others a few strokes back.
Of the big four - Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson - only Vijay managed a great showing, carding a 67 that puts him in a tie for eighth at -5. Ernie struggled to a 1-under 71 (T51), while Phil and Tiger both carded 70s, putting them six back and tied for 29th. Phil and Tiger's rounds couldn't have been too different: Tiger plodded along, making pars, and tallied two bogeys and four birdies. Mickelson carded seven birdies, a double-bogey on the par-3 eighth, and three bogeys, including a splashed 3-wood from the 18th tee.
Excitement was the word of the day at the Nabisco Championship's Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Tied at the top of the leaderboard with 3-under 69 are Mi Hyun-Kim, Rosie Jones, and Karen Stupples. But, watch out ladies! The LPGA's number one superstar, Annika Sorenstam, is only one stroke behind with a 2-under 70.
Annika Sorenstam is looking for her third win at this tournament and a possible grand slam, or what is now being called a "Sorenslam." After a stumble today at the 12th, Annika regained control of her game and birdied both the 13 and 14th holes. Sorenstam is already tied for most wins in majors with veteran Juli Inkster. With a win this week, Annika will lead in majors by herself and top the $6 million mark in career earnings.
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This week marks a special week for me. It is the first week that I get to write for The Sand Trap, and it is also time for the Player's Championship! That is right, this tournament has been my favorite tournament since I can remember, and it is no different this year. The Masters is right around the corner, but as most people know, the PGA players treat The Player's Championship as the "unspoken" 5th major.
The field at the Player's Championship never lacks for star power, and this year is no different. The top 50 players in the world will come together for the first time in 2005, and they're all looking to keep that ranking going into The Masters. After this week, the top 50 will all be exempt for the first major of the year, just two short weeks away. You can bet they will all be pushing that much harder to do well this week.
The European Tour heads to Indonesia for the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open. It is the innaugural even being held at the Cengkareng Golf Club in Jakarta, Indonesia. Colin Montgomerie leads a field that is somewhat hampered by the coinciding Players Championship. The field does include Monty's Ryder Cup teammate Paul McGinley and other of the Asian Tour's top players.
Last week Montgomerie lost his chance to play in the Players Championship, finishing outside the top 50 in the world rankings. Monty needed a win last week in China at the TCL Classic to make the top 50. He finished in sixth place and moved up two spots in the world ranking (to number 54). The sixth place finish gave Monty his fourth top-10 of the year.
The Dinah Shore Tournament Course is the setting for this exciting four-day event. Beginning in 1972, this event became a major in 1983. This event is an invitational, and in the past year the top LPGA Tour pros and a few fortunate amateurs have earned the right to compete for the glory of an LPGA major. The pros are going after the $1.8 million purse that goes with it.
And, what a field it is! Grace Park took the traditional celebratory dive into Champion's Lake last year after sinking a six-foot birdie putt on the 18th. Although Park has yet to win an event in 2005, her overall stats put her in contention. Park is currently tenth in scoring average, ninth in greens in regulation and 37th on the 2005 ADT Official Money List.