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Storms strike at OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico

Updated: Friday, 15 Nov 2013 07:57 | Comments

Brian Stuard fired six birdies and just a single bogey on the opening 15 holes of his first round
Brian Stuard fired six birdies and just a single bogey on the opening 15 holes of his first round

Only 14 players were able to complete their rounds as storms wrecked the opening day of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Play was delayed for more than an hour in the morning due to lightning and when the inclement weather returned at 1.30pm local time, it would not relent and organisers officially called it a day just over two hours later.

American Brian Stuard was the man setting the pace in the early stages and he held the lead on five under through 15 holes.

The 30-year-old will take a one-shot cushion into day two when play resumes but with more rain forecast for Friday, the 6.45am local start time may prove optimistic.

"The biggest thing was the lightning threat and the rain we received," PGA Tour Vice President of Rules and Competitions Slugger White told the organisation’s website.

"We absolutely lost the golf course. With this rain it just knocked us out."

On the prospects for play on Friday, White added: "We'll just grind through it again."

Stuard had reached the turn in 33 with four birdies and a bogey and picked up two further shots on the back nine to lead the field.

Fellow American Erik Compton was in second position having completed 17 holes alongside Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, who had four more to play.

Veteran Jeff Maggert and Harris English were in a group of four players on three under while the clubhouse lead was jointly held by Matt Jones, Will MacKenzie and Len Mattiace - who were in a group of six a shot further back.

Justin Leonard was also sat on two under with just the 18th to negotiate.

Northern Ireland’s former Open champion Darren Clarke was one over after 15 holes.

Amongst those yet to get out on the course in Mexico are defending champion John Huh, Colombian Camilo Villegas and Swede Robert Karlsson.

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