'Groundhog Day'


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Women’s Open championship director Ben Kimball returned to the media interview room yet again Saturday to lay out another revised schedule due to yet another weather suspension at The Broadmoor.

“It is kind of like Groundhog Day,” Kimball said. “It seems like we’ve been doing this over and over again.”

For the third consecutive day, afternoon thunderstorms caused a suspension of play.

The U.S. Women’s Open may feel like it’s been a marathon with weather delays stretching out rounds, but it becomes a sprint tomorrow with the USGA still hoping it can complete the final two rounds and conclude the championship on time.

Just 44 minutes after the third round started Saturday, play was suspended at 5:59 p.m. ET. With lightning and showers rolling over the course, play was scrubbed for the day at 6:19 p.m.

The third round will resume at 6:45 a.m. local time on Sunday.

ESPN2 is scheduled to begin its broadcast at 9 a.m. ET with coverage through conclusion of the third round. NBC is scheduled to take over coverage at 3 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to complete play on time, the USGA will not re-group after the third round is complete. The threesomes that played together in the third round will be sent back out for the final round. With threesomes going off the first and 10th tees in both rounds, there’s a possibility the winner could emerge from back in the pack and finish on the ninth hole.

“It could happen,” Kimball said. “I don’t think it’s happened in our history.”

The leaders are expected to go off at 8:02 a.m. in the third round. If all goes as planned, the final threesome of the final round will go off about 2 p.m.