Weather disrupts Zurich Classic festivities

Heavy rain, lightning and a severe weather warning have

disrupted Wednesday’s Pro-Am event at the PGA Tour’s Zurich

Classic, briefly forcing players and fans to take shelter in the

TPC Louisiana clubhouse.

Authorities briefly evacuated the course and temporary tents

while the worst weather passed the New Orleans area.

For about a half hour, the clubhouse restaurant and pro shop

were jammed. Some players retreated to the locker room. But others,

including Jeff Overton and 14-year-old Guan Tianlang, remained in

the dining area where some fans approached for a brief chat or


The tents have been reopened, but steady rain has caused a

lengthy disruption to the charity Pro-Am.

Officials say the 10-year-old course drains well is expected to

be playable for Thursday’s first round.