Monday finishes have plagued recent N.Y.-area majors


Is the metropolitan New York area all wet? As far as recent major championships are concerned, the answer is yes. Two of the three most recent majors held in the area - the 2005 PGA at Baltusrol and the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black - went to weather-related Monday finishes. Only the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot managed to finish on a Sunday. And now it appears there is a chance that this year's PGA at Baltusrol will spill over to Monday, too.

Here are some other notes provided by Golf Channel researcher Justin Ray:

• When play was suspended at 2:14 p.m. ET Saturday because of the threat of lightning, 37 players had completed their third round. Thirty-nine players were still on the course, and 10 players had yet to tee off.

• There have been three weather-related Monday finishes in PGA Championship history. The last came at Baltusrol in 2005 when Phil Mickelson won. The others were at Inverness in 1986 (Bob Tway won) and Congressional in 1976 (Dave Stockton won).

• Although Jason Day didn’t hit a shot Saturday, he is in pursuit of his ninth win and second major over the last two PGA Tour seasons. Since 1980 only three other players have won at least nine times with multiple majors in a two-season span: Tom Watson in 1980-81, Nick Price, 1993-94, and Tiger Woods, who did it seven times.

• If Day wins the PGA, the Australian would become just the fifth player in the last 50 years from outside the U.S. to win two majors at age 28 or younger, joining Rory McIlroy (2012, 23), Ernie Els, 1997, 27), Seve Ballesteros (1980, 23) and Tony Jacklin (1970, 25).