The MENA Tour’s very first 72-hole event has been reduced to the tour’s standard 54-holes after the first day of the Pattana Golf Championship was washed out Tuesday.
Heavy rain at Pattana Golf Club and Resort saw officials take the decision to call play mid afternoon, the first time an entire day of play has been lost since the MENA Tour’s inception in 2011.
“The course is still severely waterlogged with a number of fairways and other areas in unplayable conditions. With more rain forecast for the afternoon, we have made the decision that no play will take place today,” said Trevor Varri, the tournament director.
Weather permitting, play will commence on Wednesday as per the first round draw with the cut to be made after 36 holes.
The $50,000 Pattana Golf Championship in Chon Buri, a 135 minute drive south-east of Bangkok, is the third leg of the MENA Tour’s Thailand swing. The tour resumes June 6 at the South to East Challenge in Benoni. The event at Ebotse Links is the first of three events on the tour’s South African swing.