Golf’s wealthiest event is expected to be extended to Thursday, and possibly even Friday, a day after the £15.2m Players’ Championship was further disrupted due to bad weather.
ore more than half of the mine could not complete their 18 openings on Thursday after a total delay of more than five hours.
The game resumed at 07:15 local time at Sawgrass and continued for four hours before continued rainfall forced officials to halt it due to “unplayable field conditions”.
The tournament’s referee Gary Young said the pitch had received about 2.5 inches of rain in the past 24 hours and Monday’s results were certain if play could not be resumed on Friday.
Asked if the tournament could even be forced to extend into Tuesday, Young added: “The potential is there. The potential, but let’s hope it isn’t.
“I think everything that we’re looking at, we feel very confident that we can finish this tournament on Monday.”
Winds of up to 60 mph are also forecast on Saturday, and Young added: “We’ll be making some adjustments to prepare for that overnight.
“The general manager and his staff will need the right time to pick up the debris, get the golf course back up and running. So there are a lot of variables involved.
“I’m talking a little bit about the contingencies, but I want to be careful about too many expectations. I would say, if we weren’t golfing today, we all know we’d be in. here Monday.”
Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge, who shot 66 on Thursday, remained in the lead, with Brice Garnett also hitting six under after 13 holes.
England’s Paul Casey is just four shots from the lead after a remarkable 70, which included a three-seventh on his opening hole, 10th, on Thursday, and finished with three. birdie in a row for five of his last eight holes.
Rory McIlroy had started bogey, birdie before the game was suspended due to dark on Thursday night, and picked shots on Tuesday and Wednesday to hit two bottoms as play resumed.
However, the 2019 champion then beat games sixth, 10th and 14th to go one-to-one and stay on the fairway on par-5 16 when play was halted.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/tuesday-finish-possible-as-players-championship-further-delayed-due-to-bad-weather-41437772.html May end on Tuesday as Player Championship continues to be delayed due to bad weather