Monday finish at PGA Championship is definitely in play
After delaying the opening round on Thursday for three-plus hours, Friday’s second round received another two-plus hour delay, with play scheduled to begin at 10:40 am EST. But the fog could be the least of these tournament’s worries.
Thunderstorms are expected to be in the area on Saturday, meaning we could have even more delays along the way. At the rate the tournament is going right now, there’s a good chance the second round won’t be finished until early in the afternoon on Saturday. That would of course mean the tournament would have to find some way to make up for lost time.
78 of the 156 players in the field failed to complete their opening round. That’s staggering when you consider the sheer size of the field at Whistling Straits. Next to the British Open, the PGA has the largest field of the four major championships.
What does this mean for the rest of the week? It means players should expect long rounds, extended time spent inside the clubhouse and 18-plus holes of golf in one day. While the rains shouldn’t push the event into the U.S. Open at Bethpage category, there’s a chance we could definitely see a Monday finish at the final major of the year.