Shanshan Feng will have to wait a day to begin defense of her LPGA Championship title.
A steady rain punctuated by heavy downpours and an occasional bolt of lightning forced the postponement of Thursday's first round at Locust Hill Country Club. The LPGA's second major of the year now will begin Friday morning, the second round will be staged Saturday, and the players will attempt to complete 36 holes on Sunday.
''The problem became the golf course,'' said Sue Witters, director of tournament competition for the LPGA. ''We had numerous greens under water, fairways puddling. If it could have stopped raining, we would have had a shot.''
More than a half-inch of rain had fallen by mid-morning, and it was still raining hard more than two hours after the noon announcement of the postponement of play. Locust Hill officials figured the course could take up to three-quarters of an inch of rain, but the weather system stretched 140 miles and wasn'...