Rd. 3 still not complete when Zurich suspended again


AVONDALE, La. – At least they played for a few hours Sunday before another potentially lengthy weather delay at the Zurich Classic.

The first group out has completed 14 holes in the third round. The final group, which included 36-hole leader Brian Stuard, is through five holes.

Play was suspended at 11:09 a.m. ET with a line of strong storms approaching TPC Louisiana, which had already received three inches of rain since Wednesday. Seven of the last eight rounds at this tournament have been suspended at least once because of weather.

Any stoppage of play Sunday meant that the tournament would be pushed into Monday. Entering this suspension of play, the event has already been delayed more than nine hours.

If more than half the field (42 players) completes 54 holes Monday, then they have to finish three rounds, regardless of what day it might finish. (Worth noting: The forecast for Monday and Tuesday looks iffy at best.) They need about three hours of play for half the field to complete 54 holes.

If half the field cannot complete three rounds over the next two days, then the 36-hole results will be used and Stuard, who was at 12-under 132, would be declared the winner. Though he would receive full FedEx Cup points and earnings, his victory would be unofficial and he wouldn’t be eligible for the two-year exemption, Masters invitation or any of the other perks associated with winning on the PGA Tour.

When play was suspended, Stuard was 1 under for the day and joined at 13 under by Jhonattan Vegas. Right behind them was Bobby Wyatt, the former Alabama star who is playing on a sponsor exemption. He went out in 30 and is one shot back at 12 under. 

Other hot rounds Sunday include Charley Hoffman and Scott Stallings, who were 6 under through 14 rounds, and world No. 1 Jason Day had just rolled in a 30-footer for birdie on the eighth hole to move to 10 under, three shots back.