Zurich headed for Monday finish after another delay

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AVONDALE, La. – A long, wet week in New Orleans became even more so Saturday when third-round play was called for the day because of inclement weather.

Play is scheduled to resume at 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday. 

The final group was about two hours from starting when the horn sounded to suspend play at 2:15 p.m. ET. No player had completed more than five holes in the third round.

Another lengthy delay – there was a five-hour stoppage Thursday – likely pushes the event into a Monday finish. Tournament director Steve Carman said there is a “slight possibility” that all 72 holes could be completed by the end of the day Sunday, but any stoppage of play would result in a Monday finish. The forecast for Sunday doesn’t look promising, with the likelihood of all-day rain, and even early next week is iffy.

A tournament must complete 54 holes to be considered official. The last event shortened to 36 holes was the 2005 Nissan Open.    

Brian Stuard leads after two rounds at 12-under 132. It is his second 36-hole lead (2014 Sony Open; finished sixth). Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas are one shot back, with world No. 1 Jason Day five behind.   

Six of the last seven rounds here have been delayed by weather. TPC Louisiana has received about three inches of rain since Wednesday.