Apr 30th, 2016
Lovemark and Vegas lead Zurich Classic
Long rain delays halt progress
Words: James Greenwood Photography: Getty Images
Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas were sharing the lead at the Zurich Classic when play on the second day was suspended because of darkness.
Lovemark had to play 27-holes on a very hot and humid day at Louisiana TPC. He started the day by finishing his first round with a 5-under 67 and then added a 66 in the second. Long rain delays on Thursday were responsible for the hold up.
"Just happy to be alive," said Lovemark, who has never won on the PGA Tour. "It was hot, humid. It's a tough walk, just soft, so ate a ton, walked slow. Not too bad. ... I'm going to go sleep, man, find some A.C., chill a little bit. I'm staying in town, so get some good food and just kind of relax, watch some basketball."
31-yer old Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas, shot 64 and 69. "Long day," he said. "I played 30 1/2 holes today. I knew it was going to be an extremely long day, so I just kind of kept the mentality and hit one shot at a time and just played as hard as I can. The course was a little easier this morning with the greens being soft, but the wind picked up in the afternoon, and this course was really hard."
Vegas won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his only tour title to date. He made a double-bogey on the par-5 11th -- his second hole of the second round -- after losing a ball on his second shot.
"I just hit a bad shot," Vegas said. "I shouldn't have really gone that close to that tree, but it's part of the game. I was proud to kind of get my head on the next shot and the next hole and bounce back with birdies after that."
Jason Day, the only world number one to have played the event since David Duvall back in 1999, is at 5 under and facing a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 11th when play resumes. He is back tied on 21 with ten other players.
Rickie Fowler is a shot behind this group, and tied 31st with 13 other players.
One player who won't be making the weekend is Justin Rose who could only muster two even par rounds of 72, with the projected cut at two under. Here's the video wrap.