SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — First, the good news: the Waste Management Phoenix Open finish isn’t going to conflict with Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The bad news? The WMPO isn’t going to finish until Monday.
Tournament officials made the decision Friday to extend the tournament to a fifth day because another expected morning-frost delay Saturday might prevent the second round from being completed. With warmer temperatures forecast for Sunday, a 36-hole finish with a reduced field of 60 or so players might have been possible, but that option does not appear to be on the table.
Despite the Monday finish, the tournament will go up against the Super Bowl as the pros will play as many holes as they can get Sunday, which means fans at the tournament will not be able to watch the first-half of the game. Kickoff for the Pittsburgh Steelers-Green Bay Packers game is scheduled for 4:28 p.m. local time (6:25 p.m. EST).
Play will resume on Monday, when temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s. The tentative start time Monday is 8 a.m. local time (10 a.m. EST).
PGA Tour officials made the decision to play on Monday rather than shorten the tournament to 54 holes to allow a Sunday finish.
“That was discussed,” said WMPO tournament chairman Mike McQuaid, “but the Tour prefers 72 holes. Which I think is the right thing to do.”
It will be the first Monday finish at the Phoenix Open since 1978.