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Hurricane forces PGA playoff down to 54 holes
With Hurricane Irene bearing down, games and tournaments rescheduled along East Coast
By The Associated Press

Before it hit land, Hurricane Irene trimmed at least 18 holes off the PGA Tour's first playoff event and forced several more schedule changes and cancellations along the East Coast.

U.S. Open tennis officials called off one of their big pre-tournament events, an MLS game was rescheduled and the Phillies and Red Sox prepared to host day-night doubleheaders on Saturday in advance of the storm.

With up to 10 inches of rain expected Sunday in the New York area, the PGA Tour decided to turn the Barclays into a 54-hole event, with the top 100 players advancing to the second playoff tournament next week in Boston. If conditions worsen before 54 holes are complete, the tournament could revert to 36 holes.



"It kind of makes you want to cry because of all the effort that went in, and all of the energy that surrounded this event going into the week, which is going to be the best Barclays we have ever had," tournament director Peter Mele said.

At Flushing Meadows, the U.S. Tennis Association called off Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, a tennis-and-music event set for Saturday and scheduled to feature Novak Djokovic, defending champion Rafael Nadal and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

Tennis officials said they would close the National Tennis Center on Sunday, with plans to reopen it Monday morning before play begins.

In other sports, the MLS game between the Portland Timbers and D.C. United, set for Saturday, was postponed, with a makeup date to be announced next week.

Other games had been previously rescheduled.

'The Jets-Giants preseason game was moved up to an afternoon start Saturday instead of a 7 p.m. kickoff.

'Major League Baseball moved Sunday's games at Philadelphia and Boston to Saturday to make them part of day-night doubleheaders. The Phillies play the Marlins and the Red Sox play the Athletics.


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