The opening round of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open was delayed due to rain and ended prematurely due to darkness. Paul Casey, Darren Fichardt and Steve Webster currently share the lead at seven under par, with Tiger Woods six strokes back at one under.
Extensive weather delay pushes round 1 play to Friday in Turkey. Tiger Woods is 6 back of lead shared by Paul Casey & 2 others— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) November 7, 2013
Because the event—hosted at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course in Antalya, Turkey—did not get started until 12:05 p.m. local time (5:05 a.m. ET), only a handful of participants were able to finish the round.
Tournament director Miguel Vidadoar believes that these delays won’t be a regular thing over the weekend, telling the Associated Press, via The New York Times: "I'm confident we can get back to normal and proceed with all four rounds."
As per The Sports Network, via the Miami Herald, play will resume at 1 a.m. ET on Friday morning and the second round is currently set to begin at 3:05 a.m. the same day.
With that noted, let’s take a look at how the leaderboard looks after a limited first round of action and recap some of the day’s best moments.
Casey, Fichardt and Webster are tied at the top, as all three men are currently seven under par.
Casey and Fichardt have battled through 14 holes, while Webster is a tad behind—finishing up No. 12 before the stoppage.
While the scoring conditions were ideal, none of the leaders should feel safe with such a narrow margin over the rest of the field.
Eight golfers are right on their heels with a score of six under par. Ricardo Gonzalez and Thorbjorn Olesen both completed the round with that score—setting the high clubhouse mark—while the remaining six still have time to catch up.
Tiger Woods, by far the top star involved in this tournament, is sitting at T-50 with a score of one under par. However, the 14-time major championship winner still has eight holes left to gain ground on Friday morning.
Woods’ group—which was the final of the day—includes Justin Rose (one under) and Henrik Stenson (four under), two of the premier players in the field. That alone should give the top-ranked golfer some extra incentive to elevate his game tomorrow.
Tiger, with Rose & Stenson, is final pairing of day. Blixt told me -4 thru 4 start isn't out of question. pic.twitter.com/Wc0nu4aQTb— Matt Ginella (@MattGinellaGC) November 7, 2013
The superstar is in prime position to make a run and should be able to capitalize during an extended day of golf on Friday.