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Rainout backs up play in UL International Crown

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INCHEON, South Korea – No golf will be played Saturday at the UL International Crown.

Instead, the suspended third round of fourballs will resume Sunday at 7:05 a.m. local time (6:05 p.m. ET on Saturday). It’s uncertain whether that will allow for the event to conclude as scheduled on Sunday. The tour says that will depend on the pace of play and how long the wild-card playoff takes to complete. 

The third rendition of the International Crown was altered by the passing of Tropical Storm Kong-Rey late Friday night and early Saturday morning. The tour reports the course was spared the full wrath of the tropical storm, though some cleanup is required. Two-and-a-half inches of rain fell overnight.

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A factor in pushing back play until Sunday was a forecast for winds to continue after the storm’s passing, throughout Saturday afternoon, with gusts up to 35 mph.

All eight third-round matches were still on the course Friday when play was suspended because of darkness. Once those matches conclude Sunday morning, two teams from both Pool A and Pool B will advance to Sunday singles. A fifth team will be determined in a wild-card sudden-death playoff between the two third-place teams in each pool. Two players will be designated from each team to compete in the sudden-death fourballs playoff. The second ball in play will be used if a tiebreaker is required.

Sunday singles are expected to begin shortly after the wild-card playoff.

Golf Channel will resume with streaming coverage of the third round on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. Television coverage will begin on Golf Channel at 9 p.m. ET. Coverage will continue through the conclusion of the third round and through the singles matches until conclusion.