PGA hopes for greatest following rain soaks Liberty Nationwide

JERSEY City, N.J. — Liberty Countrywide averted the brunt of the wind from Hurricane Henri, but not the rain that pressured the ultimate spherical of The Northern Have confidence in to finish right now.

That was the hope, in any case.

Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith finished the third round Saturday tied for the lead at 16-under 197, 1 shot forward of Erik van Rooyen.

The PGA Tour made a decision right before the third round even started that Henri posed much too much threat for players, spectators and volunteers to be at Liberty Countrywide on Sunday.

Officers arrived to the training course together the Hudson River and discovered the class to be in sensible form.

“Actually superior for 5 inches of rain,” claimed John Mutch, the PGA Tour principles official overseeing the celebration. “They were being operating on the bunkers when I was there. There’s not a entire lot of standing water. I was happy. I have found a ton even worse.”

A continuous rain retained slipping into early Sunday afternoon. The tour released tee moments for 7:30 a.m. with threesomes starting up on both sides.

The class was developed on landfill and drains relatively well.

It was no small endeavor to put together for Henri, which was downgraded to a tropical storm ahead of it made landfall Sunday in Rhode Island.

Hrs just after Smith had set the training course record with a 60 — he skipped a 12-foot putt for a 59 — and Rahm finished with a par for a 67 to share the direct, workers at Liberty Nationwide labored properly into Saturday evening securing something that may possibly blow away.

The moveable toilets ended up bundled and fastened. The ShotLink cameras that evaluate each shot on each hole ended up taken down. All the steel fences that shaped lines for the ferry across the river to Manhattan or the walkway for players going to the observe range had been secured.

Individuals want to be replaced before the remaining spherical can commence.

As for the gamers, it was a scarce working day off. They final had an entire washed out in the course of the Zozo Championship outside Tokyo in the drop of 2019.

The BMW Championship at Aronimink outside the house Philadelphia was washed out on Sunday, foremost to a complete currently. In that scenario, the decision to postpone was not announced in advance.

Quite a few players have been being in Manhattan, ordinarily a excellent position to be to sit out a delay, other than it was messy to get all-around.

There was a good deal at stake in the PGA Tour postseason. The top rated 70 in the FedEx Cup standings right after this match advance to the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday outside Baltimore.

Keith Mitchell was at No. 101. He is in a 6-way tie for 11th position and now is projected to go up to No. 69, which would get him into the BMW Championship. Tom Hoge was at No. 108 and in a three-way tie for sixth at Liberty Countrywide, projected to transfer to No. 57.

Van Rooyen was in position to gain at a person shot out of the guide, and his vacation agenda all of a sudden turned a large amount significantly less intricate.

The South African arrived at Liberty Countrywide at No. 76 and arranging to engage in up coming week, no matter whether that was at Baltimore or Switzerland for the Omega European Masters.

Van Rooyen received the Barracuda Championship two weeks back for his initially PGA Tour title. With the factors now value quadruple benefit, he appeared specific to extend his tour year a single way or one more.