‘Fairways become channels’ – Storm-hit 2022 Players Championship golf ends Monday at saturated Sawgrass

The 49th Players Championship – golf’s richest event with a top prize of $3.6million (£2,746,800) – will be forced into a fifth day on Monday after heavy rain and storms in Florida who destroyed the first two rounds at TPC Sawgrass.

england Tommy Fleetwood didn’t hit a shot in their second round on Friday but continue to hold a share of the lead alongside the American duo Tom Hoge and Brice Garnettwhich has five holes remaining from its opening round.

Play was halted at 3 p.m. (8 p.m. GMT) on Friday and will not resume until 11 a.m. (4 p.m.) Saturday with further deluge expected overnight and high winds also forecast for the area.

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47 players from the 144-man field have yet to complete their respective first rounds as some soaked fans opted to turn fairways into channels amid ongoing rain delays.

“We’re very confident at this point – we’re in for a Monday finish,” Players Championship referee Gary Young said.

“We know that. If our calculations on everything hold together and we can start tomorrow, we certainly expect to finish the championship on Monday.”

More than five hours of play was lost on Thursday due to inclement weather and only four hours of play was possible on Friday after it was first suspended around 11:15 a.m. (4:15 p.m. GMT) with the threat of lightning overhead. the head.

winner 2019 Rory McIlroy is an over with three holes remaining from his first round. He took advantage of two early birdies from the third hole to suffer three bogeys as the relentless rain washed away the dim prospect of a full day’s play.

His playing partners fared slightly better with the defending champion Justin Thomas at two cents after making three shots and Open champion Collin Morikawa at par.

The top 65 players and ties will advance to the final two rounds, with round three not expected to be completed until Monday, the first time the $20 million PGA Tour flagship event has required a fifth day due to conditions. adverse weather since 2005 when 48 -Age Fred Funk became its oldest winner.

Ranking of the 1st round of the players’ championship

  • T1. Tommy Fleetwood (-6) 18
  • T1. Tom Hoge (-6) 18
  • T1. Brice Garnett (-6) 13
  • T4. Kramer Hickok (-5)18
  • T4. Joaquin Niemann (-5) 18
  • T4. Keith Mitchell (-5) 18
  • T4. Anirban Lahiri (-5) 18
  • T5. Daniel Berger (-5) 16
  • T9. Brian Harman (-4) 18
  • T9. Sam Burns (-4) 18
  • T9. Abraham Ancer (-4) 18
  • T9. Taylor Pendrith (-4) 18
  • T9. Kevin Kisner (-4) 18
  • T9. Dustin Johnson (-4) 16
  • T9. Scottie Scheffler (-4) 15
  • T9. Patton Kizzire (-4) 15
  • T9. Doug Ghim (-4) 12
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