Ian Poulter was surely annoyed by the delay, as he started the morning on fire with birdies on his first three holes before the rains came. He has continued to golf well alongside Charl Schwartzel and Tim Clark.
Sergio Garcia had a brutal start, however, as he double-bogeyed 14 and quadruple-bogeyed 15 in a rough stretch of play. As you might have guessed, Twitter had jokes, with Sports Humor knocking this one out of the park:
Sergio Garcia just shot 6-over on last two holes. Understandable, Tiger sneezed on his back swing from 7 fairways away.
With a 7:11 a.m. ET tee time, he certainly cut things close. Perhaps, he used the rain delay to take a nap.
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At this point, it seems likely that a few of the top players like Woods and McIlroy won't even play on Thursday, while a few other golfers may not finish the round.
We should all probably get ready for some Monday golf.
Phil Mickelson started strong, so he'll put to rest any folks doubting whether he would be prepared with a solid first round.
Players with strong driving accuracy should do well, so long as they avoid the roughs, as the softer grounds from the rain will allow players to target shots close to the holes without the fear of the ball bouncing or skimming off the greens. Plenty of balls should simply stick in the wet, soft ground.
Look for Poulter, Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar, Mickelson and Steve Stricker to be the big names hanging around the top of the Thursday leaderboard.