Australian Marcus Fraser was the clubhouse leader after fog wrecked the opening round of the $2.9 million Ballantine’s Championship on Thursday, leaving more than a third of field yet to hit a shot.
Six hours and 10 minutes of play were lost when fog shrouded the Pinx Golf Club and severely restricted visibility.
Fraser prospered despite the conditions to shoot a superb seven-birdie 65 and top the leaderboard by a shot from Britain's Mark Foster, who carded six-under-par 66.
Three-times major winner Ernie Els was also one of the early starters and managed a 68 for a share of sixth alongside world No 10. Anthony Kim and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who struck a quadruple of birdies before weather intervened, leaving him four-under with two holes to go.
A 10th tee starter, Bhullar was on the eighth hole when play was abandoned due to darkness. Only 36 players managed to complete their opening round while the rest of the field will resume at 7am (local time) on Friday.
The Kapurthala-pro opened his day with a birdie on the 10th and made the turn one-under after making par on the remaining eight holes.
The front-nine started with a bogey but he more then made up for it with four back-to-back birdies to be at the tied sixth spot when play was suspended.
The rest of the Indians, Anirban Lahiri, Jyoti Randhawa, Himmat Rai, C Muniyappa, Shiv Kapur were yet to tee off because of the weather.
Tiger for Players’ Championship
New York: Tiger Woods has announced that he will compete in the Players’ Championship, held from May 6-9 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and the AT&T National, from July 1-4, in Philadelphia.
“This is our event, and it always attracts one of the best fields of the year,” said Woods, who finished fourth in the Masters after making a comeback early this month.
“It's a tournament everybody wants to win. I'm really looking forward to defending my title at the AT&T National. Aronimink Golf Club,” he added.
Matchplay for juniors
Leading junior competitors from the Indian Golf Union (IGU) have been selected by The Champions Junior Golf Tour (CJGT) to compete against the top-five players on the CJGT Order of Merit in a matchplay format. A total of eight competitors have been chosen per age division.