LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic to open Friday with 12-hole round
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LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic to open Friday with 12-hole round

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Somewhere, Jack Nicklaus is smiling.

The LPGA Tour will begin its shortened Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Friday, but it won't be playing an 18-hole first round. The Tour announced it will only play 12 of the 18 hole at the Atlantis resort's golf course.

Nearly a foot of rain fell on the course before the tournament, causing flooding and making several holes unplayable. Locals have said, according to the Associated Press, that it's the worst rain Paradise Island and the Bahamas have seen in 20 years.

A few more holes may be available for the second round on Saturday, with tour officials hopeful for an 18-hole final round on Sunday. At a minimum, three 12-hole rounds would allow for an official 36-hole tournament.

Meanwhile, top Americans Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome took advantage of the deluge of rain to go fishing in the water hazard between the ninth and 18th holes.

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