PGA Championship suspended due to lightning
Round three of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, New Jersey was called off at 3.00pm local time on Saturday because of the threat of lightning.
Of the 86 players to make the cut, 49 players are yet to finish and the top 10 players are still to tee off. Storms are also forecast throughout Sunday bringing in the distinct possibility of a Monday finish, which also happened in 2005 at Baltusrol.
Aussie Jason Day sits two shots off the lead at seven under in a tie for third, trailing Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb by two shots. Day was one of the players yet to commence their third round and a 36 hole Sunday is looming for the world number 1.
Yet Day was relieved not to have teed off, preferring a fresh and uninterrupted round.
“I think the plus side was that I didn’t actually have to go out,” said Day.
Weather warning at Baltusrol (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“Obviously if you get off to a bad start, you’re thinking about it, and vice versa is if you get off to a good start, you’re thinking about it, as well.”
“I haven’t hit a golf shot today, so hopefully we can get it in over the next day or so. It would be nice to get the 72 holes in. I just need to be patient and really try to let it come and see what we can get out of it.”
“Obviously the rain is going to soften up the golf course, so you’ve got to be a little bit aggressive out there.”
“It should yield a few more birdies and if you can do that, but also stay patient with regards to the weather, just keep yourself mentally intact.”
“Because a lot of sitting around can get you kind of off base and if you don’t stay on top of it, you can start playing some poor golf.”
“I just need to make sure I stay on top of it.”
Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and John Senden are the next best Australians at three-under-par in a tie for 18th.
Scott had played four holes at even par when the siren for dangerous play was sounded. Leishman was 3-under for the day and with a birdie putt on the 18th when play was suspended.
Marcus Fraser and Scott Hend sit two under through 13 and 10 holes respectively.
Aaron Baddeley posted a 71 to be one over while Matt Jones shot 70 to remain at two over par.
Local say this time of the year here in New Jersey there are a 44% chance of precipitation as well as a 19% chance of thunderstorms any given day. The forecast tomorrow is the same – rain and thunderstorms.
This means the chances of a Sunday finish are slim right now. But even getting the job done on Monday is not a given with further storms and rain on the radar for the start of the week.