The Palm Beach '24 postponed until Monday

American golfer Austin Eckroat held a one-shot lead at the Cognizant Classic after seven holes played when a heavy downpour forced the suspension of play

by Andrea Gussoni
The Palm Beach '24 postponed until Monday
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American golfer Austin Eckroat held a one-shot lead at the Cognizant Classic after seven holes played when a heavy downpour forced the suspension of play. Later, dwindling light conditions led to the postponement of the tournament's final outcome to Monday at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, marking the first such delay since 2015.

Cognizant Classic, results

Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon, causing a 3-hour and 30-minute delay in play by the PGA Tour. South African golfer Erik van Rooyen made a remarkable start with six consecutive birdies and posted a score of 63 (-8) for a total of 270 and -14 overall.

He will have to wait to see if his performance is enough to win the tournament. Spanish golfer Jorge Campillo managed to finish his round with 67 strokes, the best result of the week, for a total score of 279 (-5), placing him 52nd overall.

This was five strokes more than the world No. 2, Rory McIlroy, who, in complete darkness, also concluded his participation on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course with a total score of -10. Shane Lowry and David Skinns started the day tied with Eckroat.

Lowry was at +1 after five holes, trailing by three strokes, while Skinns bogeyed two of his first three holes and was at +2. The rules of golf are a comprehensive set of standard norms and procedures that govern how the game should be played.

They are jointly written and managed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf worldwide, with the exception of the United States and Mexico, which fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

A committee of experts composed of members from both the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years, with the latest revision in effect since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules generally fall into two main categories: those aimed at improving understanding and those designed to reduce penalties in certain cases to ensure fairness.

The rulebook, titled "Rules of Golf," is regularly published and includes regulations governing amateur status. In Italy, Federgolf is responsible for overseeing competitions, ensuring compliance with the rules issued by the R&A, and enforcing them among clubs, associations, and their members.

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