Third round of PGA washed out, play to resume on Sunday

Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:39pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The third round of the PGA Championship was washed out on Saturday, as heavy rain and thunderstorms hit Baltusrol with 49 players yet to finish and the top 10 players still to tee off.

Players will return on Sunday to the drenched par-70 layout at 7 AM ET to resume play, with more threatening weather in the forecast.

The year's final major championship appeared to be heading for a Monday finish at best as Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied on nine-under-par 131, lead through 36 holes.

The PGA of America, however, laid out a plan to get the tournament completed on Sunday, saying the final round would begin at 8:40 AM ET in nine-minute intervals, staying in the same pairings as round three, starting from the first tee.

That ambitious plan would rely on no further weather stoppages.

Tournament chief official Kerry Haigh said that despite the forecast of storms on Saturday, and a similar forecast for Sunday, the decision was made not to play from two tees or in threesomes.

"It's a major championship and we certainly try and look at starting from one tee wherever we can," Haigh told reporters after play was called on Saturday.

"Unfortunately the weather didn't help us today. I think we have sort of a similar forecast for tomorrow. Our hope is that those showers or storms hit elsewhere.   Continued...

Jul 30, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Jordan Spieth makes his way to the clubhouse in a weather delay during the third round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports