A shortened victory won't be official win

KEN FIDLIN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

If Chad Campbell wins the Nissan Open today, he will have employed one of the strangest weekend strategies in golf history. "I sat around the hotel, watched some movies on TV and then I'd go eat," he said.

"Anything to kill the time."

After posting a second-round 65 on Friday to go with his first round 68, Campbell sat back and let Mother Nature do her thing. After one rained-out round and another day of soggy catchup golf, Australian Adam Scott joined Campbell at nine-under-par.

Darren Clarke and Englishman Brian Davis are tied at eight-under-par, while Colin Montgomerie and J.L. Lewis are another stroke back.

If the weather deteriorates again as expected, the tournament will probably be declared official at 36 holes. In that event, Campbell and Scott will play a playoff hole today to decide the winner.

While the pot of money will remain the same, the PGA Tour does not recognize 36-hole tournament winners as official. More than that, only half points are awarded for World Ranking purposes.

"If I had my choice, we'd play another round to make it an official win," said Campbell, ready and willing to risk it.

Mike Weir would second that opinion and take it one step further. Weir, who is at two-under-par would like to have the next two rounds to get back into contention.

"I don't think anybody's happy with a 36-hole tournament," Weir said. "I'd obviously like it to be 72, given the position I'm in. I need the extra 36 holes to catch up."

Weir's parents, Rich and Rosalie, have been here to watch their son play some golf.

"They've been here since Friday and haven't watched me hit a shot," Weir said.

Another player who was wishing the tournament to be played to its conclusion was Montgomerie, who fired the lowest round of his life in North America.

His 64 put him at seven-under-par, two shots off the co-leaders. While Montgomerie will collect a healthy cheque if the tournament is declared official at 36 holes, he was dismayed to learn that, as a 36-hole event, World Ranking points will be halved.

Monty has slipped out of the top 50 in the world so he does not get automatic entry into the Masters, The Players Championship and the World Championship events.


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