JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Liberty Nationwide averted the brunt of the wind from Hurricane Henri, however not the rain that compelled the ultimate spherical of The Northern Belief to complete on Monday.
That was the hope, anyway.
If the climate or the circumstances do not cooperate, the match may go to Tuesday. 6:19 The tour mentioned spectators wouldn’t be allowed for the ultimate spherical due to some 6 inches of rain — with the potential of extra in a single day — that has left strolling routes impassable.
In a memo despatched to gamers Sunday night time, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned he’s amending the unhealthy climate pointers to permit for a Tuesday end no matter how a lot golf is performed on Monday.
Monahan cited the significance and the sequential nature of the FedEx Cup playoffs in making an exception to the rules.
Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith completed the third spherical Saturday tied for the lead at 16-under 197, one shot forward of Erik van Rooyen.
The PGA Tour determined earlier than the third spherical even started that Henri posed an excessive amount of hazard for gamers, spectators and volunteers to be at Liberty Nationwide on Sunday. Officers got here to the course alongside the Hudson River and located the course to be in affordable form.
“Actually good for five inches of rain,” mentioned John Mutch, the PGA Tour guidelines official overseeing the occasion. “They have been engaged on the bunkers after I was there. There’s not an entire lot of standing water. I used to be happy. I’ve seen so much worse.”
A gentle rain stored falling into early Sunday afternoon. The tour launched tee instances for 7:30 a.m. with threesomes beginning on each side.
The course was constructed on landfill and drains comparatively properly.
It was no small activity to organize for Henri, which was downgraded to a tropical storm earlier than it made landfall Sunday in Rhode Island.
Hours after Smith had set the course document with a 60 — he missed a 12-foot putt for a 59 — and Rahm completed with a par for a 67 to share the lead, staff at Liberty Nationwide labored properly into Saturday night time securing something which may blow away.
The moveable bogs have been bundled and mounted. The ShotLink cameras that measure each shot on each gap have been taken down. All of the steel fences that shaped traces for the ferry throughout the river to Manhattan or the walkway for gamers going to the apply vary have been secured.
These must be changed earlier than the ultimate spherical can start.
As for the gamers, it was a uncommon day without work. The final time a complete closing spherical was washed out was again within the fall of 2019, on the Zozo Championship exterior Tokyo. The BMW Championship at Aronimink exterior Philadelphia was washed out on Sunday, resulting in a Monday end. In that case, the choice to postpone was not introduced prematurely.
A number of gamers have been staying in Manhattan, ordinarily a superb place to be to sit down out a delay, besides it was messy to get round.
There was a lot at stake within the PGA Tour postseason. The highest 70 within the FedEx Cup standings after this match advance to the BMW Championship, which begins Thursday exterior Baltimore.
Keith Mitchell was at No. 101. He’s in a six-way tie for eleventh place and at the moment is projected to maneuver as much as No. 69, which might get him into the BMW Championship. Tom Hoge was at No. 108 and in a three-way tie for sixth at Liberty Nationwide, projected to maneuver to No. 57.
Van Rooyen was in place to win at one shot out of the lead, and his journey schedule abruptly grew to become so much simpler.
The South African arrived at Liberty Nationwide at No. 76 and planning to play subsequent week, whether or not that was at Baltimore or Switzerland for the Omega European Masters.
Van Rooyen gained the Barracuda Championship two weeks in the past for his first PGA Tour title. With the factors now price quadruple worth, he appeared sure to increase his tour season a technique or one other.