After 54 holes in the Northern Trust, the tournament is over. It’s not that the PGA Tour players have never faced weather delays, but this one is a little different.
On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that Sunday’s final lap at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey would be postponed to Monday due to the heavy rain and wind brought by Hurricane Henri. The tour announced the move based on the storm forecast and warnings from the National Hurricane Center.
Much of the tournament infrastructure has been dismantled and needs to be rebuilt, according to John Mutch, the official PGA Tour regulations.
“Move things that look like they might blow up,” he said. “We have a lot of different people here. We have ShotLink, television, agronomy staff and the operations staff and everyone will work in their own area to secure everything, tents and the like.
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What are some players planning to pass the time?
“I have no idea,” said tournament co-director Jon Rahm. “If the COVID quarantine has taught us anything, it is what we have to do locked in a room all day. We are in a hotel. So instead of getting up to get food I can bring the food to room service and hopefully the fitness center and spa and some of the hotel’s amenities are open and we can take advantage of them. At the same time we have a 4 month old child in the room who needs a lot of attention. Take many walks through the hotel, I don’t know, but it will definitely be a fun family day. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.
“If the weather is the way it’s supposed to be, it’ll be an indoor day and lots of Netflix and reading and eating,” said Tony Finau, who is fourth, two strokes behind. Finau hasn’t finished in the top 10 since the PGA Championship in May. His last top 5 was a solo runner-up at the Genesis Invitational in February.
He said he plans to putt in his room during recess after his putter failed him on Saturday.
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“I have to talk to him. It has to wake up. We still have 18 holes to go. We’re in the playoffs, ”he joked. “I think it happens more often than you think that guys tidy up their rooms. I’ve done it many times. “
But not that many chips.
“Not that much. I think hallway games are probably more like in the hallway where you can chip things.
“A few years ago, I think at the Greenbrier, maybe 2018. I was in there and chipped with a couple of guys in the hallway. … it is much more difficult to knock carpets off because you have to use them like the bounce. It’s hard to get the leading edge under the golf ball. “
Justin Thomas had a day off in the middle of the tournament at the Zozo Championship in 2019 when he and Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth saw “Joker” among others and waited for a storm at a Domino’s Pizza in Narita, Japan.
“I probably put a lot in my room and ate a lot and watched TV a lot.” Thomas said of his Sunday plans.
As for Shane Lowry, he finds some positive aspects in the situation.
“The Irish final is at half past nine or nine in the morning so I can see what I’m pretty happy about,” he said. “I think there are worse cities to have a day off in than New York, so I’m sure I’ll find something to do.”