A soggy Friday at the Genesis Open, that eventually washed out after noon local time in L.A., meant that a lot of Tour Pros had time on the hands. Some chose to speak out on the weather, the early season schedule and more.
As we wrote last night, none of this was unexpected in terms of the rain forecast for Friday a.m. and afternoon coupled with sustained winds of 25+ MPH. So, it’s also not unexpected, that the players, who after all are independent contractors, would have some interesting, strong and even humorous opinions.
First, here was a curious tweet from Zac Blair, who obviously played quickly and effectively on his way to actually finishing his second round before play was halted and shot a 68.
Ok Bye California ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/r9P7svgJln
— Zac Blair (@z_blair) February 17, 2017
While in jest that he’s had enough (Blair is clearly in contention-not leaving), his downside is that he may not hit a third round shot until Sunday. It’s all depending on how much play they can squeeze in around the rain on Saturday.
Next, veteran Luke Donald spoke out on behalf of the frustrated group, who never hit a shot in their second round on Friday, and even offered a scheduling suggestion:
Probably easier said than done, but man would it be nice if the Florida swing and West coast swing were switched #WeatherDelays
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) February 17, 2017
He’s right. It is a nightmare to sort out, and being a Floridian for the last 34 years, I can tell you the weather here can be volatile between cold and rain in January, too. Good luck trying to play the Honda, Valspar and Bay Hill earlier than February/March.
Then came Graeme McDowell, who finished his second round with a 70 just in time, and was offering some humor on a Friday afternoon:
Not to say it's raining hard here in LA, but I just saw a guy sitting outside in the hot tub with his umbrella up (?). New one for me that.
— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) February 17, 2017
And after completing his day of play, Billy Horschel made like Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel with on the scene video of the nasty SoCal Friday:
Nasty outside! pic.twitter.com/FzvuF03Ku3
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) February 17, 2017
So, all in all, not a good day weather wise, and the unbridled hope is that they will be able to play some golf on Saturday at Riviera, and at least get the second round complete.
If there are lots of delays….well, there’s always social media for more player opinions and updates.