Rain swamps Viking Classic

2009-10-30 22:44

Mississippi - Rain washed out the first round of the PGA Viking Classic for the second day in a row on Friday and threatens to completely cancel the penultimate event of the US tour season.

Showers swamped an already soggy Annandale Golf Club course on Friday after standing water and huge muddy patches were found in an area that has been drenched by steady downpours over the past several weeks.

Officials still plan to play into next week to finish the $3.6m tournament and are aided by the fact there is a week off until the season finale in Florida.

Skies were expected to clear for the weekend after another set of thunderstorms passes through the area, but course conditions would be the major concern for completing the 72-hole event even if the rain relents.

Top stars bypass the last few events of the US season but the event is critical for players trying to play their way into the top 125 money winners on the season-ending prize money list and secure a berth on the 2010 tour.