Rain beat pro-am

GolfTHE most prestigious pro-am ever to be staged in Suffolk fell victim to the weather at Stoke by Nayland on Thursday. Waterlogged greens and persistent rain caused an abandonment of the PGA Seniors Championship pro-am early in the afternoon.

Golf

THE most prestigious pro-am ever to be staged in Suffolk fell victim to the weather at Stoke by Nayland on Thursday.

Waterlogged greens and persistent rain caused an abandonment of the PGA Seniors Championship pro-am early in the afternoon.

Some early starters had completed their round but most of the players were still on the course when the klaxons sounded for play to be suspended.


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At first it was hoped that all teams would be able to complete nine holes but this was not possible.

Phil Fairbrother, his son Tom and Tony Moorecroft, who won a competition, played all 18 holes with Japanese star Seiji Ebihara.

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They ended level par with two Stableford scores from four to count. They were most impressed with Ebihara's play.

The postponement was a blow to Spanish star Manuel Pinero, who played in two Ryder Cup matches. Pinero played the first nine holes on Wednesday and planned to see the second nine the next day - but his match ended on the third green. Pinero and his caddy Angel Matamala walked the second nine in the rain to be better prepared for the opening day of the Championship.

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