SAN DIEGO – After waiting most of the day for the fog to lift, PGA Tour officials finally gave up on playing the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.
Play will resume at 7 a.m. PT Sunday and there will be no 54-hole cut, officials announced.
After a consistent rain created soggy conditions for Friday's second round, players and tournament officials alike woke up Saturday to a golf course enveloped by fog. Tee times, which were scheduled to begin at 7:20 a.m. PT, were pushed back multiple times.
'If we can play any golf at all, it will be tremendous,' Mark Russell, vice president of rules for the PGA Tour, said at one point. 'But right now we are fogged in.'
With only six players able to hit a shot on Saturday, the possibility of a Monday finish looms large.
Play was briefly under way around 10:20 a.m. PT, but neither of the two groups that teed off were able to complete more than one hole before the fog again rolled in. Sunshine later broke through and officials were optimistic that play could resume at 12:20 p.m. PT, only to see conditions quickly deteriorate, resulting in the latest indefinite suspension of play.
At this point, the tournament appears destined for a Monday finish.
'We've pretty much lost a whole day right now and it looks like we might have to play Monday,' Russell explained later. 'Our regulations say we need to play 72 holes, and to do that we might need to go to Monday.'
The situation for tournament officials is further complicated by the fact that a whopping 87 players advanced past the 36-hole cut Friday. This forced them to announce a second, 54-hole cut to further pare the field, although those plans have been scrapped and officials decided not to re-pair players between the third and fourth rounds Sunday morning.