The Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which is the 25th PGA Tour event of the 2015-16 season, isn’t the only tournament to be plagued by bad weather this season.
Severe thunderstorms suspended the opening round Thursday for 4 hours, 52 minutes after only 11 golfers completed their rounds. The other 145 players in the field had to return early Friday morning to the TPC Louisiana layout to finish the first round.
On Saturday, less than two hours after the second round was finished and 82 players made the cut at 2-under 142, the third round, which got under way at noon, was suspended by an approaching weather system that brought heavy rain and wind to the New Orleans area for much of the afternoon.
Players endured a 4-hour, 14-minute delay before play was called at 5:30 p.m.
PGA Tour media officials said this is the 10th tournament to be delayed by weather in a season that began in the fall.
Toms, Taylor play on
Of the seven golfers with Louisiana ties in the tournament, only former LSU stars David Toms and Ben Taylor made the cut when the field was trimmed after the second round concluded Saturday morning.
Toms and Taylor both completed their second round Friday afternoon. Toms was tied for 26th at 5-under 139, and Taylor was tied for 61st with a 2-under 142.
Toms played two holes of the third round and had two pars to remain at 5-under; Taylor was waiting to tee off when the horn sounded to clear the course.
Former LSU players Smylie Kaufman and Andrew Loupe missed the cut along with current player Zach Wright. Also missing the cut were former Tulane golfer Michael Thompson and Lafayette native Tim Yelverton.
All in the family
Roberto Castro, who is in his fifth full season on the PGA Tour, is the nephew of former LSU All-American and LPGA standout Jenny Lidback.
Playing in the Zurich Classic for the fourth time, Castro had rounds of 69 and 72 and made the cut with a 3-under 141 after 36 holes.
Castro, 30, was born in Houston and played collegiately at Georgia Tech. His best year on the Tour came in 2013 when he had a second-place finish at the AT&T National and went on to earn $2.15 million.
Playing in only his fifth PGA Tour event of the season, Marc Turnesa is trying to make the most of his opportunity this week.
Turnesa shot a 64 in an open qualifier Monday to earn a spot in the Zurich Classic field, then shot a pair of 70s to make his second cut of the year. He won $27,880 in finishing in a tie for 28th in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
The 38-year-old Turnesa, who has played in just 12 PGA events since 2011, was tied for 38th place going into the third round Saturday.
While Martin Piller didn’t make the cut for the final two rounds of the Zurich Classic, his wife, Gerina, is doing pretty well for herself in the LPGA Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in Irving, Texas.
Gerina Piller, the world’s 20th-ranked player, held the 36-hole lead Friday and has a two-stroke margin going into Sunday’s final round in the $1.3 million tournament.
Collins still hot
After a third-place finish last week at the Valero Texas Open, Chad Collins continued his solid play in the first two rounds here.
Collins, who had an even-par 72 in the first round, finished his second round Saturday morning with an 8-under 64 to match the low score of the tournament.
Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas both shot 64 in the first round that started Thursday and was completed Friday morning.
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