Good news: You didn’t miss a whole lot. Bad news: You didn’t miss a whole lot.
Due to the delays during the first two rounds of the Honda Classic, half the field finished their second round on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, 51 minutes after the third round began, play was suspended at 12:51pm due to a dangerous weather situation (e.g. high winds, torrential rain, thunderstorms in the area, etc.).
Following a two-hour delay, play was called for the day at 2:51pm and will resume at 7am Sunday morning.
When the horn blew on Saturday afternoon, 24 players had completed at least one hole, meaning 47 players have yet to begin the third round.
Gusts of 60mph were recorded at PGA National and the course endured up to 5 inches of rain, according to tournament officials. Naturally, the severe weather resulted in damage to the golf course and structures/stands, which are currently being assessed by the superintendent and officials, respectively. (For example, the scoreboard on the pond guarding the 18th green is supposedly at the bottom of the water.)
“Well, obviously we had some wind gusts up to 50, 55 miles an hour,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour VP of Rules and Competition. “We’ve got three and a half to five inches of rainfall out there. We’ve got structures down. We’ve got pretty much probably a mess. The bunkers, I’m sure are an absolute mess.”
Added Tour meteorologist Wade Stettner: “Obviously we had some very heavy rainfall. Radar estimates are about 3 1/2 inches right now and it continues to add on. We did have a brief period of heavy winds during the storms.
“Wind gusts estimated at 60 miles per hour here at the golf course, and right now, everything is very flooded out there.”
Depending on whether the grounds crew can get the course ready in time so that it’s in playable condition, players will return tomorrow morning at 7am and they will not be repaired for the final round. However, if play doesn’t start as planned, the golfers will indeed be repaired for the fourth round and they’ll play for as long as they can until it becomes too dark on Sunday, and then, they’ll return to finish on Monday morning.
If this week’s Honda Classic does, in fact, result in a Monday finish, it would be the fourth unscheduled finish on the PGA Tour since 2013 — and the first since the BMW Championship that year.
This is what the practice putting green looked like midway through the delay. (Yep, I sacrificed my shelter from the storm to take this video and was called “crazy” by several photographs. ANYTHING FOR THE PEOPLE.)
— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) February 28, 2015
In other news, treatment of the caddies during the “dangerous weather situation” appears to have been sketchy, to say the least.
— Catman (@OzCatman) February 28, 2015
Not exactly an ideal place to take cover when lightning is in the area! (No wonder the caddies are suing the Tour?)
Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington is your 36-hole leader at seven-under at the halfway mark of the Honda Classic. Yep, that’s right — you did read that correctly! #flashback
Patrick Reed is right on Harrington’s tail, trailing by a stroke. Ian Poulter and Luke Donald are at five-under, and Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut in his last two starts, is in good position heading into the final two rounds at two-under.