AKRON, Ohio – Inclement weather caused PGA Tour officials to suspend play at 12:43 p.m. ET during the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Storms were expected in the forecast, and tee times were moved up Saturday as a result, with players grouped in threesomes and teeing off both Nos. 1 and 10 tees between 7-9 a.m.
When the horn sounded, Sergio Garcia was on the 16th tee and leading the tournament by five shots. Garcia entered the round with a three-shot advantage over Justin Rose but grew that margin after four birdies in his first 11 holes. At 14 under, he is five clear of Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman, who are tied at 9 under. Rose and Keegan Bradley are at 8 under.
J.B. Holmes carded a 3-under 67, and at 5 under for the championship he has the lowest total of any player who has already completed 54 holes. Each of the eight players above Holmes have three holes or fewer remaining to complete their third rounds.
Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods shot a 2-over 72. At 1 over, Woods was 15 shots behind Garcia and among a tie for 36th when play was suspended.
Update: Play set to resume at 4 p.m. ET.