After 54 holes at the Northern Trust, the tournament came to a halt. It’s not that PGA Tour players have never faced weather delays, but this one is a little different.
It was announced Saturday afternoon that Sunday’s final round was pushed back to Monday at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, due to heavy rain and winds brought on by Hurricane Henri. The Tower announced the move based on the storm’s projected path and warnings issued by the National Hurricane Center.
Much of the tournament infrastructure has been dismantled and will need to be put back in place, according to PGA Tour rules manager John Mutch.
“Move things that look like they could fly away,” he said. “We have a lot of different people here. We have ShotLink, TV, agronomy staff and operations staff and everyone is going to work in their area to secure everything, tents, things like that for sure.
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So what do some players plan to do to pass the time?
“I have no idea,” said tournament co-leader Jon Rahm. “If the COVID quarantine has taught us anything, it’s what to do all day locked in a room. We are in a hotel so instead of getting up to get food I can do room service and hope the fitness center and spa and some of the hotel amenities are open and that we can take advantage of it. At the same time we have a 4 month old baby in the room who needs lots of attention. Take lots of walks around the hotel, I don’t know, but it’s definitely going to be a fun day out with the family.
“If the weather is what it’s supposed to be, then it’s going to be an indoor day and lots of Netflix, reading and eating,” said Tony Finau, who is tied for fourth, two shots behind. Finau hasn’t posted a top 10 since the PGA Championship in May. His last top 5 was a solo second at the Genesis Invitational in February.
He said he planned to putt in his bedroom during the break after his putter let him down on Saturday.
“I need to have a conversation with him. He needs to wake up. We have 18 holes left to play. We are in the playoffs,” he joked. “I think it’s more common than you might think, guys putting in their bedroom. I have done it several times.
But not so much chipping.
“Not as much. I think hallway games are probably more like in the hallway where you can participate in things.
“A few years ago I think of the Greenbrier, maybe 2018. I was in there playing in the hallway with a few guys. …it’s much harder to chip the mat because you have to use like the rebound. It’s hard to get the leading edge under the golf ball.
Justin Thomas enjoyed a mid-tournament day off at the Zozo Championship in 2019, when he and Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, among others, watched “Joker” and waited out a storm at Domino’s Pizza in Narita, Japan.
“Probably a lot of putting on my bedroom and a lot of meals and a lot of television.” Thomas talked about his Sunday plans.
As for Shane Lowry, he finds positives in the situation.
“The All-Ireland final is at half past eleven or half past ten in the morning, so I can watch what I’m pretty happy with,” he said. “I think there are worse cities to spend a day off than New York, so I’m sure I’ll find something to do.”