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2009 Final Qualifying Tournament - Third Round Notes and Interviews

LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
LPGA International, Legends and Champions Course
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dec. 4-5, 2009

Due to the rain overnight and the conditions of the golf courses we will not be playing golf on Saturday, December 05, 2009. The third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament will resume at 8 a.m. local time Sunday morning.  At the conclusion of round three, players will then begin the fourth round. 

Doug Brecht, LPGA VP of rules and competitions

Q. Can you give an update on today's decisions?
DOUG BRECHT: To go out and try to accomplish what we're trying to accomplish in this event is unrealistic right now. What we have witnessed here made the decision not to play golf today. The goal is still to complete 90 holes in this golf tournament. We're going to do as much as we can within our limitations and also the rules of golf to complete this and determine which players are eligible for the LPGA Tour next year.



Inclement weather suspends third round of LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 4, 2009 – Due to heavy rains hovering around the Daytona Beach area for the majority of the day, third round action of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament was called due to unplayable course conditions and will resume at 11:00 a.m. local time Saturday morning. Australian Nikki Garrett remains the leader of the five-round event after playing just three holes on Friday.

When play was initially suspended at 10:29 a.m., Garrett was at 6-under-par overall through the first three holes of her third round. As important as this week of final qualifying for 2010 LPGA Tour membership is for the 105 hopefuls, the 25-year-old Garrett remains calm and collected despite the inclement weather delays.

“You know, that's what just comes with it,” said Garrett. “It's really not that hard. I suppose you just have longer this afternoon to think about it. We can go shopping. We've gone shopping about every afternoon – that's our downtime. But, you just treat it like any other day I suppose. We're only three holes through. It's been fun.”

Every player began their third round on Friday, and on Saturday every player will finish their third round on the Legends and Champions Courses at LPGA International.

The five-day qualifier is played on both the 6,452-yard Legends and 6,389-yard Champions courses at LPGA International, with a 72-hole cut to the low-70 players and ties.  Those players will then compete on Sunday on the Champions course for the final 18 holes of play.
           
The top 20 players at the conclusion of the event will earn Priority List Category 11.  In the event of a tie, a playoff will decide the 20th position.  Players finishing in the 21st through 30th spots will earn Priority List Category 16, followed by 31st to 40th, who will receive Priority List Category 20.

Nikki Garrett, -6

Q. A day like this can make it a long week. How can you psych yourself up to finish such an important week of golf?
NIKKI GARRETT: You know, that's what just comes with it. It's really not that hard. I suppose you just have longer this afternoon to think about it. We can go shopping. We've gone shopping about every afternoon, that's our downtime. But, you just treat it like any other day I suppose. We're only three holes through.

Q. You've played three holes today. Three pars?
NIKKI GARRETT: Yes, three pars. I've hit my second shot on to the green on four.

Q. You're still playing well.
NIKKI GARRETT: Yeah, yeah. Other than that I'm still playing well. It's been fun. We've had a little bit of fun trying to think that we're in Queensland.

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