PGA Tour’s flagship occasion won’t end as scheduled on Sunday given one other day of rain that waterlogged the course in Ponte Vedra Seaside, Fla., on Friday and left organizers of The Gamers Championship concentrating on a Monday night end.
Play at TPC Sawgrass was suspended for the day on Friday and won’t resume any sooner than 11 a.m. ET Saturday with 47 golfers nonetheless left to finish their first spherical.
“The golf course has simply reached some extent of saturation, and sadly the climate circumstances usually are not offering us any reduction,” PGA Tour chief referee Gary Younger instructed reporters.
The Gamers Championship, the place golfers are competing for a US$3.6-million first prize from a handbag of US$20-million, has had seven Monday finishes, the newest coming in 2005. It has by no means concluded on a Tuesday.
Play was suspended Friday at 11:15 a.m. and finally referred to as for the day at 3:00 p.m. with 96 gamers having accomplished their first spherical.
The match’s begin on Thursday was delayed one hour due to in a single day rain and thunderstorms and play was suspended later that day for over 4 hours due to harmful climate. Play did resume for about three hours earlier than darkness halted motion.
Younger remained assured they may have the ability to wrap up play by 6:30 p.m. on Monday, which he stated would go away sufficient time for a three-hole combination playoff.
“We’re very assured at this level – we’re right into a Monday end. We all know that,” Younger stated.
“If our calculations on the whole lot maintain collectively and we’re in a position to begin tomorrow, we actually anticipate to be completed with the championship on Monday.”
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge carded matching six-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead whereas Brice Garnett was degree with them with 5 holes left to play in his opening spherical.