Wells Fargo in race to beat Sunday storms


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Year of the Weather on the PGA Tour continues this week, as Sunday’s final round of the Wells Fargo Championship has already been moved up because of impending inclement weather.

Playing in threesomes off two tees starting at 6:45 a.m. ET and concluding at 8:45, officials hope the tournament will end in the early afternoon, before the expected heavy storms hit.

“We’re just going to have to take it as it comes,” said Mark Russell, the PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition. “We’ve got 54 holes in, [two] guys tied for the lead; we’re going to go out and play as much golf as we can [Sunday]. Starting before 7, we expect to finish around 1:30 or 2. We’ve got until 8-8:15 to finish and we’re going to do everything to do that. We can play golf in a little rain.”

Many players seemed to believe that any more moisture on the already spotty Quail Hollow greens might cause them to be deemed unplayable. Russell, however, wouldn’t go that far.

“I have no idea,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see. The good thing about it is the conditions right now are dry.”

Storms are expected to increase as the day progresses. There’s bad news in the event that the final round doesn’t finish on Sunday, too. The forecast calls for even more poor weather on Monday.