Play called off for the day at Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday after heavy fog caused long delays

SAN DIEGO - Play was called off for the day at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday after thick fog caused long delays.

At about 4 p.m., play was suspended for the day due to heavy fog and darkness. Players are to resume the round at 7 a.m. Sunday and play as long as daylight allows, and then finish Monday.

All Saturday tickets, including hospitality badges, will also be valid for general grounds entry on Sunday. Only guests with Sunday hospitality badges will be allowed to enter hospitality venues on Sunday. 

Monday tickets to attend the Farmers Insurance Open will be free. Parking at the glider port will also be free on Monday.  

 

"We felt with it was the right thing to do because of the recent weather issues," said Peter Ripa, the executive director for the Farmers Insurance Open. "We welcome all golf fans to come out to Torrey Pines on Monday to watch the world's best players."

Tiger Woods, who had a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel, never came to the golf course on Saturday. Players spent most of the day hitting shots on the range that they couldn't see land.

The start of the third round at the Torrey Pines Golf Course was delayed three hours from 7:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. due to the heavy fog. Players began the round after the three-hour delay, only for the fog to return five minutes after they started. No one finished more than one hole.

At about 12:20 p.m., players were getting ready to resume play, according to a tweet by the Farmers Insurance Open. However, about ten minutes later, the Farmers Insurance Open tweeted that the fog had rolled back in and that play was on hold once again.

At that point, fans were making the best of it.

"It's a lot better than Connecticut right now," said visiting fan Bob Barden. "Connecticut is 14 or 15 degrees and a lot of ice, so we are very happy to be here even though it's foggy."  

After a couple more hours, it became increasingly clear there was not going to be any more golfing on Saturday. 

"The problem with golf is that if the ball is hit and you can't see it, then you can't retrieve it," tournament spokesman Rick Schloss told 10News.

The news was disappointing for the legions of fans that left Torrey Pines in droves. 

"We didn't want the fog. We would've liked to have seen the golf," said Deanna Armstrong, who was visiting from Canada.  

"It would be awesome to see, if we could only see," added Ray Ellis, who is also visiting from Canada.

Officials at Torrey Pines are holding out hope. 

"I've never been here on a Monday," said Schloss. "I think I jinxed it by saying that. So, we'll see. We'll know tomorrow." 

Schloss said players still need to get 36 more holes in and he said if the weather cooperates, they should be able to do that by Monday at the latest.

In a press release, Schloss said there were no fog delays on Tour in 2012, but there were five events that had fog delays in 2011, including the Tampa Bay Championship, Shell Houston Open, Wells Fargo Championship, Greenbrier Classic and Frys.com Open. 

The last time the Farmers Insurance Open had a suspension of any kind was in 2005, when play was suspended for about three and a half hours on Friday due to fog, Schloss said. Play was halted for the day just after 5 p.m. due to darkness.

Fog prevented play from beginning until 10 a.m. on Saturday. Play was suspended again for about two hours due to fog.

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