Perhaps the Genesis Open would have continued on if it were just rain and wind, but once part of a Eucalyptus tree broke, the PGA Tour paused the tournament. The unfavorable conditions did not stop Jhonattan Vegas from making a move though.
By the time play was halted, Vegas joined Sam Saunders atop the leaderboard at seven under. Assuming the playing conditions improve by Saturday morning, the two leaders will have to fend off Jason Kokrak (third), and big names such as Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson who will begin Saturday in a six-way tie for fourth.
Defending his Genesis Open title has proven difficult for Bubba Watson whose second round fell victim to the weather. With two holes remaining, Watson was eight over when play was suspended.
Hideki Matsuyama, who had an outside shot at taking over the No. 1 world ranking spot with a win, wrapped up his first round on Friday morning with a 68 powered by three consecutive birdies. However, he will have to be rather brilliant on Saturday if he wants to make the cut. The Phoenix Open champion was through 15 holes and six over by the time play stopped.
It will be interesting to see how the tie between Saunders and Vegas plays out over the weekend, and whether Jordan Spieth can put enough pressure on them to take home the trophy. If Spieth wins, it is possible for him to take over the position of top golfer in the world.