Woods helps out amateur pair as rain spoils Hero World Challenge Pro-Am

Fatiha Betscher

Justin Thomas takes shelter on Wednesday (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Fatiha Betscher

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By Fatiha Betscher, Albany, The Bahamas.

The pre-tournament preparations of all 20 players in this year’s Hero World Challenge were washed-out with intermittent heavy rain spoiling Wednesday’s pro-am at the host Albany course.

Overnight rain delayed tee-times by 45-minutes with event rookie Shane Lowry, due to initially hit off last at 10.44am, not getting to the first tee until 11.30am local time.

However, Lowry only managed to play just six holes of an already ‘sloshy’ course when a warning siren sounded calling players from the course.

Players then returned around 1.40pm but no sooner than they did and the heavens again opened and with officials cancelling any further play.

“We only got to play six holes, so I’m looking to go six-under through six tomorrow”, said Lowry from behind the wheel of a motorised cart, and with a while towel draped over his shoulders.

Joining the 20 tournament players was European Ryder Cup captain, Luke Donald along with LPGA stars Lexi Thompson and Morgan Pressel.

And in a rarely seen scenario at a PGA Tour sanctioned event, here was tournament host Tiger Woods working with two amateur players on the practice putting green here at Albanyand with the 15-time major winner, who ruled himself out of competition due to a right foot injury, spending around an hour working with the pair.

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