Big Slaley Hall event cut to 54 holes

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Yesterday’s heavy rain has forced the £250,000 ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at De Vere Slaley Hall to be reduced to a 54-hole event.

The second round will be completed today, with a cut for the top 60s and ties for tomorrow.

Persistent rain left puddles and standing water on greens and fairways, forcing play to be suspended initially at 10.55am.

Despite a lengthy delay any hopes of restarting play were dashed by continued rain and the waterlogged conditions with play called off for the day at 2pm.

Of the morning starters, reigning Order of Merit champion Peter Fowler was an early mover with birdies at 11, 12 and 15 which saw him reach three-under through 11 holes.

Paul Wesselingh, looking to continue his superb start to his seniors’ career, was at level par through 11 holes with three birdies cancelled out by three bogeys.

Former Ryder Cup captain James is the clubhouse leader at five-under following his opening 67 with Bob Cameron a stroke further behind.

North East PGA pro Brian Rumney from Arcot Hall, who carded a 73 in his first round, moved up the leader board to one-under with three birdies in four holes.

Admission is free, with a downloadable ticket available at devere-hotels.co.uk/pga-seniors