PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — On Sunday, the PGA Tour decided to rest.
The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has been postponed to Monday due to inclement weather and safety concerns. Overnight rain continued to fall Sunday morning with sustained winds of 35-40 miles per hour and gusts expected to be more than 60 mph in the afternoon.
“Our regulations say we need to make every effort to play 72 holes, which includes playing on Monday,” PGA Tour chief referee Gary Young said after Saturday’s round.
That means Wyndham Clark, who shot a course-record 60 on Saturday at Pebble Beach Golf Links, will sleep on a one-stroke lead over Ludvig Aberg for a second night. Tee times are scheduled for 8 a.m.-10:25 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET) off Nos. 1 and 10.
This is 18 at Pebble this morning just after sunrise. pic.twitter.com/Ys4aJfErVd
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There is a scenario where the tournament could be shortened to 54 holes and Clark declared the winner of the $20 million signature event.
“We would not start play on Monday if we knew we couldn’t finish the round on Monday,” Young said. “So, the drop-dead time on that would mean we would have to start play on Monday by 10:15 a.m. at the latest in order to complete play.”
The Monday forecast is for more showers in the morning. The course already is waterlogged from a collection of on-and-off rain all week, leading to concern that balls may plug in the rough.
“We just want to make sure that on Monday, if we get to that point, that the golf course is such that we are conducting a good quality championship, the conditions are of professional standards,” Young said. “We want to make sure that the golf course is of the quality on Monday that we would not want golf balls disappearing into the fairways and losing golf balls.”
There also is a scenario where play could extend to Tuesday.
“Our regulation states that we can’t start play on Monday without knowing that we could finish play on Monday. If we did that and then for some reason weather rolled in on us that caused us to delay again, if more than half the field has finished play, then we would extend play into Tuesday,” he explained. “But we would need more than half of them to have completed their round on Monday.”
The WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is scheduled to start Thursday.