BMW Championship Could Be Shortened To 54-Hole Event

The PGA Tour will be sprinting to the finish line on Monday morning and into Monday afternoon at Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia to hopefully finish the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW Championship, before weather would force the event to be shortened to 54 holes.

Following a wet week leading up to the event, tee times were altered on Friday and Saturday to avoid inclement weather. A third attempt to do so on Sunday was futile as a gigantic weather system entered the area and dumped upwards of 3 inches of rain on the golf course over a 36-hour period.

“(Sunday) was kind of a no-brainer forecast,” PGA Tour meteorologist Joe Halvorson told GolfChannel.com. “It looked like it was going to rain all day and it did.”

The last-ditch solution is to fit in the final round between showers on Monday.

“We just had so much saturation out there,” vice president of rules and competition for the PGA Tour Slugger White said. “We had iffy fairways, sloshy tee boxes, the greens were fine, the bunkers were OK, but we just had a golf course we just couldn’t play. We just can’t push water around. We’ve gotten more than three inches of rain since last night and today. We’re kind of sailing against the tide.

“We will do everything we can to play tomorrow. We’ll just see what mother nature gives us. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning to see.”

Play resumed at the BMW Championship at 7:30 a.m. with the hope that a weather window will allow if not all, at least half of the field to complete their final rounds, which by rule would allow the championship to be finished on Tuesday. 

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