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Rain reduces senior tourney to 36 holes

March 15, 2003 at 6:41 PM

VALENCIA, Calif., March 15 (UPI) -- Heavy rain Saturday forced postponement of the second round at the SBC Classic, reducing the tournament to 36 holes.

It is the first time since the TD Waterhouse last May that a Champions Tour event has been shortened to 36 holes due to weather.

Play was scheduled to resume Sunday at 9:23 a.m. EST on the first and 10th tees. The forecast is for a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the upper 50s and winds gusting to 20 miles an hour.

Two-time champion Gil Morgan held a one-stroke lead over John Schroeder after opening with a 7-under-par 65 on Friday. Morgan, Schroeder and Tom Purtzer will be paired together with a tee time of 11:11 a.m.

Morgan won this event in 1997, when it was held at Kemper Lakes in Long Grove, Ill., and tied for third here last year with Purtzer. His round Friday was one stroke off the course record set two years ago by Larry Nelson and Walter Morgan.

Purtzer had a hole-in-one and was tied with James Mason at 5-under 67.

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