SEVERE storms have disrupted the first round of the 72nd US Senior PGA Championship in Kentucky where Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota fired a 6-under 66 to take the early lead.
Overnight rain delayed the scheduled start at the Valhalla Golf Club by an hour and a half and there was another delay of over three hours at noon.
In all, only 78 players completed the first round before it was called due to darkness at 8:45 p.m local time.
In the soppy conditions Murota managed a blemish free six birdie round while Americans Trevor Dodds (67) and Mark O’Meara (68) were in second and third place respectively.
Defending champion Tom Lehman was 2 over through nine holes when his day was cut short.
Mike Harwood was doing the best of he Australians, sitting at 1-under through 11 holes. The big Victorian mixed two birdies with a bogey.
Peter Fowler was on even after 9 holes and will be hoping predictions of dry weather for the rest of the tournament are correct.
Peter Senior was one of those who had a long delay in the middle of his round and finished the day 1-over on 73.
Senior started the day with a bogey on the par 4 first then hit straight back with a birdie on the par 5 second. He followed a similar format on holes 6 and 7 and then held it together till an unfortunate bogey on the par 4 seventeenth.
In his first Champions Tour outing Perth’s Lyndsay Stephen will be hoping to fight back from his opening 7-over 79.
Australian TV Schedule 2011 US Senior PGA Championship
Fox Sports, AEST
Saturday 2.30am to 5am; Sunday 5am to 8am; Monday 5am to 8am.