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Rain delays start of Nelson golf tournament

Steven Bowditch is the defending champion at the Byron Nelson golf tournament.
Steven Bowditch is the defending champion at the Byron Nelson golf tournament. AP

Overnight rains that dropped a half-inch of rain on the course at the AT&T Byron Nelson created a two and one-half hour delay in today’s tee times at the PGA Tour event in Irving.

The first groups began play at 9:30 a.m. Storms appear to be moving out of the area at this time.

The delay means golfers with afternoon tee times in the final groups are unlikely to complete their rounds before nightfall. The latest groups now are scheduled to begin their rounds at 4:30 p.m.

The adjusted tee times mean today’s featured groups might have trouble finishing as well. Factoring in the delay, the group of Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker will begin play at 3:20 p.m. They will take the course 10 minutes after the threesome of Zach Johnson, Steven Bowditch and Dustin Johnson.

Spieth, the No. 2 player in the world golf rankings, is the highest-ranked player in the Nelson field and the reigning U.S. Open champion. Zach Johnson, a two-time Colonial champ, is the reigning British Open champion. Dustin Johnson is No. 8 in the world rankings and Bowditch is the defending Nelson champ.

Among competitors in the field with Tarrant County connections, the lengthy delay means the following adjusted starting times for Chad Campbell (9:40 a.m.), Greg Chalmers (9:50 a.m.), Ryan Palmer (10 a.m.), Martin Flores (10:50 a.m.), Carlos Ortiz (2:50 p.m.), J.J. Henry (3:20 p.m.), Tom Hoge (4:20 p.m.) and Martin Piller (4:30 p.m.).

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