The third round of the WM Phoenix Open is scheduled to begin today at 1 p.m. MT, with the final group of leaders not going off until 3:45 pm. And that says it all about what a nightmare the weather has been this week at TPC Scottsdale.
Once again, water accumulation from an overnight rain delayed play on Saturday morning, when the tournament was still trying to wrap up the third round after a series of weather stoppages. This, of course, follows Mother Nature wreaking havoc last week at Pebble Beach, where the final round of the second $20 million signature event of the season was lost and Wyndham Clark declared the winner.
They likely will get in 72 holes in the Phoenix Open, but neither of the two potential outcomes will make anybody in the golf world happy. Either fans will have to zip back and forth between the tournament and the Super Bowl, or, in a distant long shot, play could be forced to Monday.
With the sun going down at 6:07 p.m. MT today, the last group figures to get in nine holes or maybe a bit more, so that will leave them a round and a half to play on Sunday. There’s no telling yet when they will be able to tee off for the fourth round. The tour tried to send the players off on Saturday morning at 7:34 a.m., but quickly suspended play due to “unplayable conditions” following overnight rain, and the round didn’t resume until 8:13 a.m. No rain in expected on Sunday, but clear skies create a bigger probability of frost. So, if Sunday’s start is delayed, the last group might finish no earlier than 10:30 a.m. MT. Assuming they don’t regroup, the last threesome would be looking at a 4:30 p.m. MT or later finish, which puts it well past Super Bowl kickoff. That doesn’t account for the dreaded P-word: playoff.
So, you’re probably wondering: What does it look like for the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles next week? Not great. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies early in the week, evening rain on Thursday, cloudy conditions on Friday, and a better than 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday. Riviera Country Club already is extremely waterlogged, with Los Angeles receiving record rainfall totals over the last week.