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Associated Press file photo by Butch Bill -- Justin Rose celebrates after making a birdie putt to win the Zurich Classic PGA golf tournament in 2015. Rose, the top money-winner at the PGA Tour's stop in New Orleans, is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner at the event since Carlos Franco in 1999-2000 and the fifth in its 67-year history.

Rain played havoc Wednesday with the Classic Pro-Am played at TPC Louisiana on the eve of the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

But unlike 2013, when severe thunderstorms washed out the entire day, some golf was played in the morning and afternoon waves sandwiched around a three-hour weather delay.

Even though some players who teed off in the morning got 18 holes in, the event was shortened to nine holes for scoring purposes with the afternoon round finally starting around 3:45 p.m.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva was one of the players who didn’t finish their round. Alleva, who was playing with pro Hunter Mahan, completed just 12 holes before the rest of the morning round was canceled.

The L’Auberge Celebrity Pro-Am at the University Club in Baton Rouge was completed, however, with pro D.J. Trahan’s team of Schaffer Mickal, Edmond Mauer, Donald Black and John Gilpin taking first place.

Celebrity Will Clark led the team of Woody Bilyeu, Ben Broussard, Donnie Chatelain and Gordy Rush to second place. Celebrity Kurt Ainsworth’s team of Dennis Vaughn, John Landry, Dave Thompson and Ronnie Rantz took third.

The sting of victory

Charley Hoffman celebrated his one-stroke victory Sunday over former University High golfer Patrick Reed in the Texas Open with an emphatic fist pump. A moment later, he was brought back to the realities of being a dad.

Just as his birdie putt dropped on 18, Hoffman’s oldest daughter, Claire, 5, was stung by a bee near the green.

“I mean, I couldn’t imagine,” Hoffman said Wednesday. “My wife is trying to run after the other one who wants to go this way, one got stung by a bee. Yeah, that was sort of a fiasco. It (was) like the best situation of my life, and all of a sudden I had to turn into dad instantly.”

Hoffman tied for fifth here in 2014 but skipped the event last year because it was just before the World Match Play. But he’s back, with family in tow.

“I love the golf course. … I love the food,” he said. “I love everything about New Orleans.”

Money matters

Thanks to four top-15 finishes in his past four appearances at the Zurich Classic, defending champion Justin Rose is now the all-time leader in money earnings at New Orleans’ PGA Tour stop.

With the $1.24 million first-place check he received last year, Rose has earned $2,006,170 in 10 starts here. That puts him just ahead of 2012 winner Jason Dufner, who has received $1,900,287 from the tournament coffers.

Other notables in the top 10 include Bubba Watson in third ($1,520,362), former LSU All-American David Toms in seventh ($1,472,306) and K.J. Choi in eighth ($1,463,815). All are former New Orleans winners.

Scoring machine

Rose has that much money largely because of his play here the past four years.

The 29-year-old Englishman tied for 10th in 2012, tied for 15th in 2013, and tied for eighth in 2014 before capturing the title a year ago by just one stroke with a birdie-birdie finish at TPC Louisiana.

In those four years, Rose is the only golfer to shoot par or better in 16 consecutive rounds and is 60-under-par in that time for a scoring average of 68.38.

Back-to-back

The odds are against Rose winning a second consecutive title here, as only four players have gone back-to-back in the event’s 67-year history in New Orleans.

The only golfers to win two titles in a row were Byron Nelson (1945-46), Bo Wininger (1962-63), Tom Watson (1980-81) and Carlos Franco (1999-2000).

A bogey

In Wednesday’s Zurich Classic notebook, Zach Wright was identified as a former LSU golfer.

Wright is actually a senior who will compete with the Tigers in the NCAA regionals, which will be played May 16-18 at six sites across the country.

— Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.