DULUTH, Ga. -- Kenny Perry endured a steady -- and occasionally driving rain -- to nab a share of the first-round lead with a bogey-free 6-under 66 at the AT&T Classic.
The other leaders -- Jonathan Kaye, Ryan Palmer, Jonathan Byrd and Parker McLachlin -- all teed off Thursday morning, before a huge weather system engulfed suburban Atlanta's TPC Sugarloaf. Thirty-five players didn't finish.
Perry had to remain on the course during a 31-minute delay when the rain turned so heavy that play had to be halted. Then, when he got to his last hole, he found a backlog of five groups waiting to tee off -- all of them held up by an earlier ruling on Glen Day that took nearly a half-hour to sort out.
They included Greg Norman, who shot an 80 in a rare appearance on the PGA Tour at the course he drew up.
Perry drove his tee shot at the 472-yard ninth into a huge puddle, forcing him to drop on drier ground. After hitting his second shot short and left of the green, he had to wait while Dean Wilson got a ruling on his tee shot.
Perry flubbed a chip off the mushy ground, slamming his club in disgust, but rolled in the putt to close his round with a better feeling.
"I hit some good shots and made some nice saves coming in," Perry said. "The last few holes were brutal."
LPGA TOUR, at Clifton, N.J. -- Two days after announcing this would be her final season on the LPGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead in the Sybase Classic. Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa was a stroke back.
The 37-year-old Hall of Famer came into the $2 million tournament off a seven-stroke victory in the Michelob Ultra Open last weekend, and she was just as good getting around the Upper Montclair Country Club course in the shadow of New York City. The Swede had five birdies in a bogey-free round.
South Korea's Song-Hee Kim and Ausie Rachel Hetherington also shot 67.
After posting her 72nd career win Sunday, Sorenstam on Tuesday announced that this would be her final season. She then threw out the first ball at a Mets' game later that night and read the Top 10 list on David Letterman's show.
NATIONWIDE TOUR, at Greer, S.C -- Rick Price leads the BMW Charity by one shot after a 64 at Carolina Country Club, one of two courses being used.
Modesto's Matt Bettencourt shot a 31-37--68. He had eagles on the par-5 Nos. 4 and 18, and a triple bogey eight on the par-5 13th. Atwater's Matt Hansen shot a 70 that included a front nine of two pars, three birdies, three bogeys and an eagle on the par-4 No. 5. Bettencourt and Hansen played Carolina CC.
ANTE UP -- The World Series of Golf plans to host a tourney for amateurs next year that will cost $200,000 to enter and offer $1.5 million to the winner.
Organizers think they can find 25 players willing to ante up $200,000. Five more would get in without paying the $200,000 by being drawn randomly from a list of 125 players in the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Golf a week earlier. Play would follow the format of the World Series of Golf, which awarded its $250,000 top prize Thursday at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort to Andy Johnson, a 36-year-old auto wholesaler from Davison, Mich.