• Monday finish looking like a real possibility
• Some say Tuesday finish is on cards for PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is facing up to the prospect of a Monday finish after the third round at Baltusrol was abandoned due to thunderstorms.
Players were forced off the course at 2.14pm local time (7.14pm UK) due to the threat of lightning in the area, with fourteen players – co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb amongst them – still to get their rounds underway.
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Indeed, only 37 of the 86 players who made the cut were able to complete their rounds before play was called for the day. American Kevin Kisner, pictured below, posted a 65 to claim the clubhouse lead on five-under, four strokes adrift of Walker and Streb. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, a winner of the championship in 2008, also posted a 65 to reach four-under, with Scotland’s Russell Knox sitting on three-under and in a tie for 18th after a three-under 67.
Play is expected to resume at 7am local time (noon UK) on Sunday, with PGA of America officials planning a two-tee start for the final round. However, with more bad weather forecast in the area for the remainder of the weekend, it is expected that this year’s PGA Championship will go into a Monday finish for the first time since 2005 – ironically, the same year that it was last contested at Baltusrol, when Phil Mickelson held off Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington to win his second major championship.
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Some sources on the ground have even speculated that a Tuesday finish may be on the cards, which would be a first for a major championship.
Mother Nature has wreaked havoc with this season’s PGA Tour schedule, with no fewer than 16 tournaments affected by inclement conditions and four requiring a fifth day’s play.
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