How it Happened: Stuard leads in rain at Mayakoba
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Defending champion John Huh and the 2010 Players Championship winner Tim Clark highlight the field at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba's El Camaleon course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Huh was a rookie in 2012 when he won his first event at Mayakoba. He went on to win PGA Tour Rookie of the Year that year. Clark is looking for his first win since the 2010 Players. His best finish since his last win was a second place finish – four times.
We'll keep you posted all day, but before the first round gets started, take a look at our pre-tournament coverage.
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Update No. 9: 4:48 p.m. ET
Feels like we stopped before we got started: The Tour has called the end of play today at the OHL Classic.
Brian Stuard, on the other hand, started out nicely enough to take the overnight lead at 5 under through 15 holes. (Scroll down to see those closest in the chase.)
Play will resume Friday at 7:45 a.m. EST.
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Update No. 8: 3:24 p.m. ET
During this second weather delay, a couple of posts on the Twitter accounts of players at the OHL Classic make the weather sound pretty bad:
Brian Harman, even par through 14 holes, @harmanbrian: "Cluster status has been reached fully here at Mayakoba."
William McGirt, playing first hole, @WilliamMcGirt: "Well....the word of the week is rain here in Mexico. At least I did get a shot off. Guess we will see how long this lasts." Followed by: "I'm afraid we may need to starting gathering the animals in pairs here. Not looking good for golf this afternoon."
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Update No. 7: 2:55 p.m. ET
PGA Tour money leader Ryan Moore, who has the most FedEx Cup points among the OHL Classic field this week, has yet to tee off because of today's weather delays on the Yucatan coast. Let's take a look at how the eight players in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup point standings have fared so far today.
- 2. Ryan Moore: 2:35 p.m. EDT tee time delayed.
- 7. Briny Baird: T-39, 1 over through 15.
- 11. Tim Clark: T-14, 1 under through 15.
- 12. Jason Bohn: T-24, even par through one.
- 13. Charles Howell III: 2:45 p.m. tee time delayed.
- 14. Scott Brown: 2:45 p.m. tee time delayed.
- 17. Charley Hoffman: T-24, even par through 17.
- 19. Jeff Overton: T-14, 1 under through 13.
By the way, it's early but leader Brian Stuard would jump from 82nd to fifth in points with a win the way the field stands.
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Update No. 6: 2:33 p.m. ET
Play has been suspended again, due to dangerous weather in the area. Meanwhile, Brian Stuard cards a birdie at the 13th to move into the lead at 5 under and follows with two pars.
Behind Stuard, let's recap the leaderboard:
- 4 under: Erik Compton (through 17 holes), Alvaro Quiros (14).
- 3 under: Josh Teater (17), Harris English (17), Jeff Maggert (15) Jamie Lovemark (12)
- 2 under: Matt Jones (shot 69), Will MacKenzie (shot 69), Len Mattiace (shot 69), Justin Leonard (through 17 holes), Tim Wilkinson (12), Kevin Stadler (2).
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Update No. 5: 1:51 p.m. ET
Now its a big cluster at the top of the leaderboard. Matt Jones, Alvaro Quiros, Brian Stuard, Tim Wilkinson and Jamie Lovemark are all tied at the top at 4-under. All five of these players have made the turn after a lengthy weather delay this morning. The winds are high and there is still a chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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Update No. 4: 1:32 p.m. ET
Brian Stuard and Jamie Lovemark are on top of the leaderboard after Harris English made a double bogey on the par-5 7th.
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Update No. 3: 12:08 p.m. ET
Play has resumed at 12:03 p.m. ET (11:03 a.m. in Mexico)
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Update No. 2: 11:33 a.m. ET
According to a tweet from @PGATourmedia: "During the 2013 season, 22 of 40 events were delayed for various reasons. Three of the first 6 events of the 2013-14 season have had delays."
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Update No. 1: 10:20 a.m. ET
As the tournament gets going, early leaders include Harris English, Brian Stuard and Luke Guthrie at 3 under. Right now, the tournament is in a weather delay. We'll keep you updated on when the players will return to the course.
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The Manila Masters golf tournament will play on in the Philippines, despite nearby destruction from a typhoon: “They want to use the opportunity to try to raise some funds for the victims,” an Asian Tour representative said.
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