August 10, 2014 / 5:18 PM / 3 years ago

Play set to resume after delay of nearly two hours

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - PGA Championship play was set to resume at 2:40 p.m. (1840 GMT) on Sunday after a weather delay of just under two hours due to water-logged conditions in the final round.

The action was halted just before noon local time as heavy rain swept across the par-71 layout at Valhalla Golf Club, leaving rivers of water on several fairways and pools covering many greens.

That suspension came a little more than two hours before overnight leader Rory McIlroy was scheduled to tee off and ground crews swiftly moved in with squeegees in a mop-up operation.

However, roughly an inch of rain had saturated the course and further thunderstorms have been forecast for later in the day, setting up the likelihood of a Monday finish to the year’s final major.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, hunting his fourth major title and second in a row, held a one-stroke advantage overnight at 13-under-par 200 and his tee time for the final round has now been pushed back to 4:19 p.m (2019 GMT).

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Gene Cherry

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