Bad weather puts WM Phoenix Open on track to clash with Super Bowl | Golf news and tour information
The third round of the WM Phoenix Open began at 2:10pm MT on Saturday, with the final group of leaders not out until 4:10pm. That says it all about this week’s weather nightmare at TPC Scottsdale.
Water accumulation due to overnight rain delayed play on Saturday morning, when the tournament was still trying to conclude the second round after a series of weather interruptions. This, of course, comes on the heels of the chaos wreaked by Mother Nature last week at Pebble Beach, where the final round of the $20 million signature event of the season was lost, and Wyndham Clark was declared the 54-hole winner.
They will likely play 72 holes at the Phoenix Open, but neither possible outcome will make anyone in the golf world happy. Fans will either have to go back and forth between the championship and the Super Bowl, or, in a long shot, play could be forced to Monday.
As the sun set at 6:07 PM EST on Saturday, the last few groups couldn’t make it to the ninth hole, leaving them with more than 27 holes to deal with on Sunday. Worse still, there is no telling when they will be able to play in the fourth round. The tour attempted to field players on Saturday morning at 7:34 a.m., but play was quickly suspended due to “unplayable conditions” after overnight rain, and the tour did not resume until 8:13 a.m.
No rain is expected on Sunday, but clear skies increase the possibility of frost. So, if the start of Sunday is delayed, the final group of the third round could finish no later than 11:30 AM GMT. Assuming they don’t regroup, the final trio will be looking at 5pm MT or later, which would put it after the Super Bowl kickoff. This doesn’t take into account the dreaded P-word: playoff.
So, you’re probably wondering: What will the Genesis Invitational look like in Los Angeles next week? Not great. Partly cloudy skies are expected early in the week, rain Thursday evening, cloudy skies on Friday, and a better than 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday. The Riviera Country Club is already extremely waterlogged, with Los Angeles receiving record rainfall totals over the past week.