First Round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic postponed until Saturday

First Round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic postponed until Saturday

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The starting time for the first round on Friday was delayed at 7:00 and again at 11:00 in the morning.  No one was allowed out on the Fallen Oak golf course or in the grand stands due to thunder and lightning.

The clubhouse served as a gathering place for the pro golfers and their caddies who ate lunch and waited for the next announcement.

So how do weather delays affect the golfers?

Bernhard Langer, PGA Tour Champions all-time money winning leader, was one of the golfers waiting in the clubhouse for the weather to clear up.

Langer said, "It's a waiting game.  Every hour they make a decision, trying to get some play in for television for us so we can play a full tournament.  But it's difficult to sit around.  You get stiff, you get a little bit lazy.  We'd much rather go through our normal routine and go play golf."

Esteban Toldeo along with Langer are slated to compete in the Masters next week, so they are hoping the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will be completed on Sunday.

"Hopefully we finish on Sunday so I can get my flight at 5:15 in the afternoon, "stated Toldeo.  "But if it doesn't work out, I'll probably have to drive over and get a private plane to get to Augusta."

At 1:05 Friday afternoon all the golfers packed the clubhouse and listened closely when a PGA official announced that play would be postponed until Saturday.

Tournament Director Steve Nieman is confident they'll be able to get in all 54 holes before the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic ends on Sunday.

"We're going to start 7 o'clock tomorrow morning for the first round and be able to get all of the first round in in the morning and then start with the second round at 12:30, "Nieman said.  "It looks like from the forecast standpoint, we're going to be good and will be able to play the final 18 holes on Sunday and be done at a normal time."

2013 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Champion Michael Allen can't wait to tackle Fallen Oak beginning on Saturday.

"I just think it's a great course, "stated Allen.  "It challenges you with every shot.  You've got to drive the ball well, keep it away from some of those bunkers, which are pretty extreme in some place.  Not a lot of courses we play in on this tour, challenge you like this one. It makes you think a little bit as you make yourself around the course."

Due to all the rain the area has received, tournament officials decided to close down Lot A for parking.  Only the public parking area will be open on Saturday.  All volunteers, media, caddies and sponsors should show their Lot A parking pass to park for free in the public parking area.

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