Players Championship edging towards Monday finish

A rules official inspects the fifth green as it rains during the continuation of the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

As the rain continues to pour at The Players Championship, chief referee Gary Young admits the golf course staff are up against it to prevent a Monday finish at TPC Sawgrass.

Two and 1/2 inches of rain have fallen in the last 24 hours and although the course maintenance team kept the show on the road as much as they could on Friday, squeegeeing the greens to keep things playable, play was suspended again on Friday with no immediate window for resumption.


Asked at what point do we reach the point where a Sunday finish becomes very unlikely? Are we close to that now? Young said:

“We’ve been crunching some numbers, and yes, we are coming close to that point now. We were hoping to get four hours of golf in today, which we did accomplish, but at some point we were hoping to get back out. We need to try to get as much play as we can by the end of the day.

“I would say, if we do not get back out on the golf course by the end of the day, then we are into that situation.”

“At this point, we’re just battling, trying to make up for lost time. We also know that the conditions we’re going to be facing tomorrow with the winds that are predicted, the pace of play is going to be slower as well. So we’re trying to factor all of this in in our projections.

“We may be in a situation where, if we don’t get back out there today, we’re assured of a Monday finish, and we’re also going to have some conversations about whether or not we re-pair following Round 3.”

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