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Standing water stops Match Play

By Associated Press
Published February 27, 2004

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Blue skies, warm sunshine. Except for La Costa Resort being partially submerged by overnight rain, it would have been a perfect day at the Match Play Championship.

Instead, tournament officials had no choice but to postpone Thursday's second round, setting up a marathon finish of 36 holes a day for whomever wins.

The golf course received 11/4 inches of rain Sunday night, and La Costa does not drain well. Add the 13/4 inches of rain that fell overnight, and it was unplayable.

The 16 second-round matches are scheduled to begin at 7 this morning from the first and 10th tees, with eight third-round matches in the afternoon.

PGA TOUR: Frank Lickliter, the defending champion at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in Arizona, made four straight birdies late in the first round and finished with 9-under 63. Per-Ulrik Johansson double-bogeyed the 18th to fall out of a tie and finished at 65 with three others: Carlos Franco, Steve Allan and Mark Hensby. John Daly was in a group of 11 at 67.

WOMEN'S EUROPEAN TOUR: Rachel Teske shot 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the ANZ Ladies Masters at Gold Coast, Australia. Karen Stupples was second, and Annika Sorenstam and defending champion Laura Davies were tied for third with four others at 69.

NEXT GENERATION TOUR: Brittany Lincicome, playing as an amateur, won her third title this year on the women's developmental tour at East Lake Woodlands in Oldsmar. She slipped to 78 after opening with 67 for 145, one ahead of Kris Tamulis (73-73) in the field of 25.

- Times correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report.

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