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1st round of Viking Classic postponed by rain

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MADISON, Miss. (AP)

The first round of the Viking Classic was suspended on Thursday because of impending rain and a soggy course, pushing the tournament into a Monday finish and leaving officials hoping for better weather on Friday. "We're definitely into Monday right now," said Slugger White, the U.S. PGA Tour's vice president for rules and competition. "Monday for sure." The first tee times for Thursday's round were pushed back three hours because of the saturated course at Annandale Golf Club. Officials suspended the round before noon. Early morning rain soaked an already waterlogged golf course. The weather left pools of water on fairways and bogs of mud throughout the 7,199-yard layout. "It's probably as bad as I've seen it in my tenure," White said. "There's nowhere for the water to go. It's just mud." More rain was expected on Thursday and the forecast gets no better for Friday, when rain is expected about noon, White said. The Viking Classic is the second-to-last tour event this season. The final tournament is scheduled for Nov. 12. With no tournament next week, the tournament could go beyond Monday. White wouldn't speculate on that.

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