Soggy Sunday in store




FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Funny, this time last year we were giddy over the prospect of a Monday finish between a one-legged Tiger Woods and two-lipped Rocco Mediate. All we’re clinging to at Bethpage is the faint rumor of a break in the storm and a to-be-determined champion.

Officials stilled hoped to begin the third round around noon and a quick trip down to the bottom of the 18th fairway was encouraging. Crews were hard at work on what is the lowest point on the golf course and most of the standing water had been pumped to the adjacent Green Course.

The swirling storm that has turned Long Island into a key continues to threaten play and a Monday finish seems inevitable.

“We will resume round four at some time (Monday) morning and if we have a playoff it would go sometime (Monday) afternoon,” said Mike Davis, the U.S. Golf Association’s director of rules and competitions. “If somehow we were delayed (Monday) and we got up to roughly 4 p.m. we would not start a playoff. The last thing we want to do is have a playoff where they might have to come back the next morning.”

U.S. Golf Association officials said they will honor Thursday’s ticket holders for Monday’s play, but since Friday and Saturday featured more than 90 minutes of golf they would not be allowed for use on Monday.

At what point do they start honoring ticket holders for next week’s Travelers Championship at Bethpage?