DJ will need to race through 36 holes on Sunday at Riviera. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images
The PGA Tour expected this at the beginning of the week. The Genesis Open was always going to be a scheduling challenge with a nasty weather forecast right in the heart of the tournament at Riviera.
At the start of the week, it was possible that all of Friday and Saturday could be washed out by some massive storms coming off the Pacific and hitting Southern California. Riviera got hit and took on a ton of water, but it could have been much worse and they were juuuuust south of the most severe stuff hammering the greater Los Angeles area.
We got a better-than-expected amount of play in on Friday before things were called just after noon for the day as strong winds took down a huge tree near the third green. And Saturday wasn¡¯t too bad either, with the players back in place and playing again just before 9 a.m. local. It started later than the crack of dawn because the grounds crews had to clean up the damage, mostly done to bunkers, from the 2.9 inches of rain measured overnight at the classic George Thomas layout.
Limited Youth Tomas Hertl Jersey But as Hamlin controlled the race, Keselowski deftly moved his way through the pack. Picking one car off at a time, he eventually broke the JGR stranglehold up front and slid into the second position as the white flag waved. And propelled by the momentum of the draft, Keselowski gained the advantage. Hamlin knew as much, and as they entered Turn 1, Keselowski went for the lead by powering underneath Hamlin, who countered by attempting to block Keselowski¡¯s charge. It was too late. The two made contact, causing Keselowski to slow and Hamlin to spin.
Limited Youth Ryan Harris Jersey ¡°(Keselowski) was coming with a huge run,¡± Hamlin said. ¡°I tried to do everything I could to block and cover the bottom before he got there, but he was coming at such a higher rate of speed I probably didn¡¯t get there in time.¡±