Hurricane Irene could force Saturday finish at The Barclays


EDISON, N.J. – Weather forecasts are reporting that Hurricane Irene will hit the Northeast region of the country on Sunday, but no precautions have been determined as far as making any early changes to The Barclays, which is scheduled to finish that day.

“We're keeping an eye on the situation and looking at numerous options,” said Slugger White, vice president of Rules and Competition for the PGA Tour. “But there won’t be a decision made on changing or moving tee times until Friday, when we have a better idea of what the storm will do.”

Whispers amongst players on the driving range Wednesday was that Tour officials may move up the final round to Saturday and play 36 that day if it appears the impending hurricane is likely to hit on Sunday. However, as White explained, no decision has yet been made.

The next event on the schedule is the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC-Boston. There is some leeway to finishing The Barclays after Sunday, as the upcoming tournament doesn’t begin until Friday of next week.