PEBBE BEACH, Calif. -- The Pacific Ocean became merely the largest among many water hazards Thursday as rain tormented the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and threatened to wash out the tournament for the second time in three years.
Heavy morning rain and hail forced a four-hour delay in the start of the $2.5 million tournament, reducing Thursday's play to nine holes. The first round is set for completion Friday, with the second round Saturday.
"Does anyone have any idea of what we're doing today?" a bemused Jack Nicklaus asked of Tiger Woods after the two sloshed through puddles and mud to the practice range.
If the weather cooperates, the third round will be played Sunday, and officials then will decide whether to end the tournament after 54 holes or play a fourth round on Monday.
Defending champion Ian Woosnam, as cool as the ice he had applied to a pinched nerve in his left arm, shot a 66 Thursday for the opening-round lead in the Heineken Classic.
"I iced the arm down overnight because it was still twinging a little bit," the Welshman said after the six-under-par round gave him a one-stroke lead over Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain. "I had some (treatment) this morning and I'm going to go back now."
Olazabal, making his first appearance in Australia, birdied the final two holes on the Vines Resort course.
"I think from 15 onwards I put it very close to the stick," Olazabal said. "I hit it close on 16, to a foot on 17 and I think it was that stretch of holes that gave me confidence."
Australia's Robert Allenby, the 1995 winner, was two back along with Scotland's Andrew Coltart, German Thomas Gogele and England's Martin Gates.
Germany's Bernhard Langer opened with a 69. South Africa's Ernie Els, coming off a playoff loss to Tiger Woods last week in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand, shot a 70.
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