AVONDALE, La. – An unfortunate scenario exists for the 82 players remaining at the Zurich Classic.
If 41 players complete 54 holes by Monday night, then the rest of the field must finish the third (and final) round of the tournament, no matter when it concludes.
Only two PGA Tour events in the past 36 years have been extended to a sixth day. The most recent was the 2006 Booz Allen Classic, won by Ben Curtis after a week of torrential rain.
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If half the field does not finish three rounds Monday, then the 36-hole results would stand. Brian Stuard, who led at the halfway point at 12-under 132, would be declared the winner. The Zurich would not count as an official victory – and Stuard wouldn’t be eligible for a two-year exemption or a Masters invitation – but he still would receive full FedEx Cup points and earnings.
With the first group on the 15th hole, there would need to be about a three-hour window of play Monday for 41 players to complete 54 holes.
As it is, the Zurich is just the fourth Tour event in the past decade to be shortened to 54 holes.