LPGA to use as much of flooded course as it can

Juli Inkster

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — The LPGA Tour is going to use as much of the flooded Ocean Club course as it can for its inaugural trip to the Bahamas.

The Bahamas LPGA Classic is to start Friday with a 12-hole round, using the holes that are not under water from the worst flooding in about 20 years. Officials hope the rest of the course will drain in time for an 18-hole Sunday. Otherwise, it would be three rounds of 12 holes for the 144-player field.

There is precedent on the LPGA Tour for not using all 18 holes because of floods. Laura Davies and Juli Inkster recall playing an event in Hawaii where two holes couldn't be used. And the British Open started at Prestwick on a 12-hole course and was contested over three rounds.

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