ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first round of the BMW Championship was washed out by steady rain that deluged Bellerive Country Club on Thursday, another setback for a tournament plagued by bad timing.

The opening round will be today, with 36 holes scheduled for Saturday to get it back on schedule.

"It's under water," said Slugger White, vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour. "It's as bad as I've seen in a long time."

The PGA Tour returned to Bellerive for the first time since 2001, when a World Golf Championship was canceled because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The 2004 U.S. Senior Open lost a day because of rain, and the one time Arnold Palmer played a Champions Tour event in the area, rain caused such traffic problems that most fans couldn't even get to the course.