Here’s why there’s a 140-yard par-4 at this week’s PGA Tour event

October 26, 2019

The second round of the PGA Tour’s inaugural Zozo Championship is finally being played, after being postponed for an entire day. Friday’s play was cancelled as a typhoon dumped nine inches of rain on Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Japan.

After a herculean effort by the course’s 132 maintenance staff members, the course was ready for play to resume on Saturday morning (local time), except for one interesting alteration: the 10th hole, which received the brunt of the flooding, had to be shortened from its normal 376-yard length to a mere 140 yards — but it will still play as a par 4. That’s a short iron for most of the players in the field, so birdies and eagles will be likely occurrences throughout the second round.

The concession in yardage is just for Saturday’s play at the moment, as Tour officials expect the water on the hole to recede, especially under the bright Saturday sunshine, and they expect to play the hole back at its full yardage as soon as Sunday’s third round.

Another thing that will set this round apart from the others is the fact that, due to safety concerns, no fans will be allowed on the premises, so the electric atmosphere that accompanied Tiger Woods’ charge up the leaderboard will be absent, at least on Saturday.

Play officially resumed at 10:00 a.m. local time, and while earlier reports indicated that the players would play 27 holes on each of the weekend days to strive for a Sunday finish, the tournament is now expected to conclude on Monday.

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