Weather Postpones Third Round of Tour Championship, Leaders to Finish Third Round on Sunday
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. Pictured: Scottie Scheffler and caddie Ted Scott.
Welp, golf fans had to leave the couch earlier than expected on Saturday.
Play was suspended during the third round of the TOUR Championship due to lightning in the area. The official time from the PGA Tour for the delay was 6:36 p.m.
Scottie Scheffler, who held a one-stroke lead at the time of the delay, was playing his 13th hole of the day. Xander Schauffele, trailing Scheffler by one, was also in the group. The pairing did not tee off until 3 p.m. local time.
Sung-Jae Im (-16) is three strokes behind the leader and Rory McIlroy (-15) is four back of Scheffler. There's a whole host of players at -14, five strokes behind Scheffler.
The PGA Tour announced at 7:18 p.m. local time that play would be suspended for the rest of the day.
Third-round play will resume at 9:45 a.m. ET according to the PGA Tour. Final round tee times will start at approximately 11:16 a.m. with the final group teeing off at 1:50 p.m.
Due to the staggered scoring, the players already done with their third rounds are so far out of contention that it shouldn't matter the leaders have to play significantly more holes on Sunday than some of their competitors.
Weather Forecast for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms around East Lake starting at 3 p.m. It will stay around 30% until 8 p.m. with thunderstorms likely to be included.
If that storm ends up rolling in in the afternoon on Sunday, there is a possibility of a Sunday finish for the TOUR Championship.