OCALA, Fla. — Tournament officials announced Thursday evening that the second PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying Tournament at the Country Club of Ocala is officially reduced to 54 holes due to the effects of Tropical Storm Nicole. On Friday afternoon, the players completed their delayed second round after no golf took place on Thursday. Eddy Lai remains the tournament leader, three strokes ahead of Chris Drysdale, David Laskin and Junhak Lee. The remaining players on the course will complete their final 18 holes on Saturday, with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica membership cards distributed after play.
“After Tropical Storm Nicole passed (Wednesday night and Thursday), we went to the course to assess the conditions, and although we only had about three inches of rain, there were lots of trees. and lots of debris along the way. . The trees obviously played a big role, and the workers came out this morning and did a really good job cleaning the course,” said John Slater, vice president, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Competition and Administration. “Fortunately it wasn’t too wet there, so we were able to get back to the second run this afternoon, and we should be in good shape for the third run. [Saturday].
“However, there’s no way we’re getting all four rounds,” Slater added. “We obviously couldn’t start this morning. [Workers] needed time to prepare for the course, which they did a great job.
With the PGA TOUR weather guidelines currently in effect, the qualifying tournament will be considered “official” to determine eligibility for the 2022-23 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica now that two official rounds have been completed. Slater explained that 72 hole tournaments are always optimal but not always possible. There has never been a two-round qualifier in the history of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. There have, however, been two 54-hole qualifiers, one last year at Mission Inn and the second in 2012, at Miami.