Start of Turkish Airlines Open delayed due to weather

The first round of the Turkish Airlines Open was delayed three hours due to weather.

The first round of the Turkish Airlines Open was delayed three hours due to weather.

UPDATE: Play began at 12:05 p.m. local time.

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ANTALYA, Turkey –– Evening storms on Wednesday lasted through Thursday morning, delaying the start of the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

What started as a one-hour delay quickly was extended to three hours with all 78 players hoping to get on a golf course that according to officials was underwater.

With organizers hoping to start at 12:05 p.m. local time (5:05 a.m. EST), the delay will force the completion of the first round to Friday.

The postponement would move the pairing of Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose to 2:05 p.m. local time (7:05 a.m. EST).

The forecast for the remainder of the week is devoid of any rain and would allow the $7 million tournament to conclude on Sunday.

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