SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol is looking more and more likely to play out similarly to the 2005 event at the same course — with a Monday finish.
Weather warning signs were posted at Baltusrol at 1:33 p.m. on Saturday, and play was officially stopped at 2:15 p.m. as thunderstorms blanketed the Northeast. Wind and rain continued to pummel the area, and play was officially called for the day at 5:46 p.m.
Only 37 of the 86 golfers who made the cut finished their third rounds. Rickie Fowler and Jamie Donaldson were the last group to tee off before the horn stopped play. Five groups, including co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, never started their third rounds.
Third-round play is scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. on Sunday. The final round will follow at 8:40 a.m. in nine-minute intervals using the same pairings as Round 3, starting from the first tee. The PGA of America is making a concerted effort to catch up, but the weather forecast for the next two days is ominous. Thunderstorms are predicted for Sunday and Monday as well.
“Unfortunately the weather didn’t help us today,” said Kerry Haigh, the CCO of the PGA of America. “I think we have sort of a similar forecast for tomorrow. Our hope is that those showers or storms hit elsewhere.”
The last time the PGA Championship finished on Monday was when Phil Mickelson won at Baltusrol in 2005. The forecast for Sunday, as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, is below.