Fog Causes 2-Hour Delay at Farmers Insurance Open Pro-Am

Officials limited play to nine holes

Dense fog forced golfers to start two hours after their scheduled tee times for the Zurich Pro-Am at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Originally scheduled for 6:40 a.m., Tiger Woods began his round with amateur players at 8:40 a.m. Due to lost time, tournament officials the limited play to nine holes. But visibility was still a problem.

“It’s horrible,” said caddie Ronaldo Chiang. “You couldn’t even see into the fairway.” Chiang said the conditions made it difficult to advise players on their hitting strategy.

The dense fog also created a hazard for the volunteers and field marshalls. Ken Johnson, a field marshall on the first hole on the South Course expressed worry that he could be hit by a ball without any warning since visibility was so poor.

“I’ve only seen the tee box once,” he said. “It’s very dangerous.”

The first group of players in the tournament were scheduled to tee-off at 9 a.m.

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