Final round canceled at Pebble Beach; Johnson is 54-hole winnerWhat to watch for: Monday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

February 16, 2009

Update II: The final round has been canceled, and the official results will remain as they were at the end of the third round. That makes Dustin Johnson the winner of the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at -15. Update: The start of Monday’s final
round has been pushed back one hour, meaning players will now tee off
at 8:30 a.m. local time
Rain continues to fall, but the Tour officials
have insisted all week that they will try to get all 72 holes in. We
keep hearing that the course drains well, but Mother Nature may
ultimately win this battle – she and Dustin Johnson, who has a
four-shot lead on Mike Weir. Stay tuned.
The howling winds that toppled trees and corporate tents on Sunday have subsided, but rain continues to fall Monday morning on the Monterey Peninsula. I will be watching to see if the players will be able to squeeze in a final round between raindrops or if PGA Tour officials will deem Dustin Johnson the 54-hole winner and call it a day. Johnson currently holds a four-shot lead over Mike Weir, the gutty Canadian who has made his feelings known that he wants to play, regardless of the weather.
"Today, tomorrow, it doesn’t matter," Weir said Sunday. "This weather is tough on everybody, and it will obviously be a battle out there, but it would be a battle for everybody, and it would be kind of fun to see what happened. It would be probably a lot of ugly golf out there, but it would kind of be fun to see who could handle it."
Translation? Weir, who grew up in Ontario playing ice hockey, believes he can handle it.
Johnson, for his part, said he preferred winning the tournament after 72 holes, but he added that he wouldn’t turn down the trophy if an official gives it to him after 54. Play is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. local time.