Severe storms washed out most of Saturday’s play at the Zurich Classic, so players were back out on the course early Sunday to complete Round 3 in an attempt to avoid a Monday finish. Jason Day and Justin Rose co-lead after 54 holes at TPC Louisiana, but the final round is already underway. Here’s how things look as they race to the finish in New Orleans:
What it means: For most of Saturday, it seemed like a Monday spillover was an inevitability as heavy rain threatened to wash out the entire day. But players were able to squeeze in as much of their third round as they could late in the afternoon and finish up Sunday morning, leaving plenty of time (barring any more setbacks) to get all four rounds in the books before the weekend is over.
Round of the day: Barber, who was 5 under through 11 when play was called Saturday, picked up right where he left off on Sunday morning, making a birdie on No. 12, his first hole of the day. He closed out his 64 in style, with circles on 17 and 18.
Best of the rest: Despite the delays, Rose has improved in every round, finishing off a third-round 65 Sunday morning that vaulted him into a share of the lead. Rose, who started the day 3 under on his round, added four more birdies on the back nine, including one on the finishing hole.
Biggest disappointment: It’s hard to call a 68 disappointing, but on a morning when everyone was going low, Day let a chance to take a commanding lead into the final round slip through his fingers. Starting the day 1 under, the Aussie came out firing, carding three straight birdies on Nos. 5-7 and turning in 32. The back nine, however, was a different story, as he made just one birdie, and matched it with a bogey. Still, he enters the final round in a tie for the lead.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: The main storyline throughout the week in NOLA has been Mother Nature, but with sunny skies peeking out on Sunday, we could be in for some big-name fireworks in the final round, with both Rose and Day at the top of the leaderboard. And Compton isn’t out of it yet either. The two-time heart transplant recipient is still searching for that elusive first victory.