After some great golf on Thursday, the harsh reality is that “Mother Nature” is one tough competitor and the greater Los Angeles area is going to feel it for the next couple of days.
The first issue is that a slight delay for fog on Thursday morning meant that numerous players did not finish their first round before darkness halted things at just after 5:30 Pacific Time Thursday evening.
The bad news is heavy rains are headed for Riviera Country Club in the middle of the night throughout Friday and will unload anywhere form 3-5 inches of rain plus high winds with 30-40 mph gusts are likely throughout the day. Needless to say, if the pending downpours happen before they can get the first round resumed at 7 a.m. local time, you have a real mess.
We do know this the guys who played early rounds Thursday like opening round leader Sam Saunders, plus, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, etc. are in the afternoon wave of round two and will more than likely never hit a shot on Friday.
Think the 405 Freeway has nightmare traffic? (I can verify from last summer, it does!) Now, try getting all these holes and rounds completed to get things back on track.
So, now we are on to Saturday. Oh, and, there is still on and off rain in the forecast for that day with the high only being 61 degrees. Fun Fun.
The hope is to get some, even a few hours of golf in, on Friday and then a lot of golf on Saturday to catch up somewhat. But the reality is, you are looking at long days without as much daylight to work with on the weekend.
Can the Genesis Open finish on time? Are we looking at maybe 27 or more holes having to be played on Sunday? Is a Monday finish going to become a reality by Saturday night? Time will tell.
But, know this: the weather and the mess it will cause will be the story for the next 48 hours. Let’s hope the golf can takeover afterwards.