ATLANTA – A forecast that wavered between an 80 percent and 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday at the Tour Championship left just enough room for officials to race the 30-man field around East Lake and complete Round 3 play.
It was an ending that many didn’t see coming when the field set out at 7:30 a.m. under threatening skies.
“We’re all glad to have gotten this in today,” said Luke Donald, who shot 67, one stroke off the low round of the day. “I woke up and was half thinking about going back to sleep because it looked like it was going to hit us in about three minutes at about 6 or 7 a.m.”
Steve Stricker, who is alone in third place, had a similar feeling when he awoke before dawn on Saturday and checked the weather radar on his cell phone.
“There was a lot of green in there,” he said. “I didn’t see much red or yellow in there. I thought we’d be playing in a lot more rain than what we did.”
Forecasters estimated that nearly an inch of rain would fall, but as frontrunner Henrik Stenson finished his round it seemed the showers were only intensifying. The storm was expected to clear the Atlanta area late Saturday and the forecast was for good conditions for Sunday’s final round.