Fog delays ensured Round 1 at the Genesis Open would not finish Thursday.
That’s OK. The bigger issue is what faces the tournament Friday.
As the forecast has shown all week, Southern California is expected to get hit by a huge storm Friday. The weather front is expected to unleash enormous winds, flash flooding, mud slides and cascades of debris down slopes.
Of course, the Genesis Open, being played in the Los Angeles area at Riviera Country Club, will be right in the middle of this awful weather.
Flash flood warnings are in effect from 7 a.m. local time Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday in Los Angeles county and 2-4 inches of rain could possibly fall. For comparison sake, the Los Angeles area averages a total rainfall of 1 inch combined for the months of May through October (according to meteorologist Kevin Roth).
And just look at this hour-by-hour Friday forecast for Riviera.
All of this is to say, getting in much golf Friday at the Genesis Open may be a bit of a pipe dream. Some feel play could be completely wiped out on this day, or a few holes may get play before action is called for the day due to inclement conditions.
If the conditions are deemed playable for most of the day, then we’ll see some massive scores out there.
We’ll see soon what will happen, but be warned: The first round may still be finishing up Saturday morning.