Brooks Koepka will resume with a four-shot lead over Jon Rahm at The Masters, the place the third spherical was suspended on Saturday attributable to heavy rain and waterlogged greens; play will resume at 1.30pm BST on Sunday and is reside on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford at Augusta Nationwide
Final Up to date: 08/04/23 10:44pm
The potential of The Masters going right into a fifth day has been a speaking level all through the week, with Augusta Nationwide officers eager to keep away from taking the competition to a Monday end for the primary time since 1983.
Play was introduced ahead as a result of risk of storms on Friday, with the second spherical experiencing a short 20-minute delay after which being suspended at 4.22pm native time (9.22pm BST) attributable to storms and three bushes falling by the seventeenth tee.
Jon Rahm was among the many 39 gamers to return early on Saturday to finish their second rounds in chilly and moist situations, with the third spherical performed in threesomes and off cut up tees to try to make up time misplaced earlier within the event, just for situations to worsen as heavy rain continued to fall.
The ultimate group had accomplished six holes when play was formally suspended for the day at 3.15pm (8.15pm BST) attributable to a waterlogged course, with not one of the 54 gamers who made the lower in a position to full their third rounds.
Heavy rain is forecast for the rest of Saturday, with as much as 1.5 inches of rain forecast anticipated between the time play was stopped and the early hours of Sunday morning.
How unhealthy had been situations?
Brooks Koepka held a four-shot lead over Rahm and each had been on the seventh inexperienced when the horn sounded to droop play, with the pair supporting the choice to convey an early finish to the day’s play.
“That seventh inexperienced was soaked,” Koepka stated. “It was very powerful. I believed I hit a very good bunker shot, and it regarded prefer it simply skidded on the water. So I am glad we stopped. I believe it [the suspension timing] was spot on. Possibly I could not have hit that bunker shot on seven, however on the finish of the day, it is high quality. I am okay with it.”
Rahm added: “Clearly once we walked as much as the seventh inexperienced it was clear to us that it had been moist for some time. I perceive they’re making an attempt to push us to play as many holes as doable, however it was very obvious once they tried to get the water out that it simply wasn’t going to occur in our case.
“You may’t actually say it was [too] late as a result of I do not blame them for wanting us to play as a lot as doable. It was simply too unhealthy I could not save not less than one par on 4 or 5, however I made an awesome swing on six and two nice swings on seven. So I am feeling assured, enjoying good golf and there is a lot to be performed.”
The Masters – Dwell
April 9, 2023, 8:00am
What does this imply for Sunday?
Play will resume at 8.30am native time (1.30pm BST), depending on the situation of the course after the in a single day rain, with simply over 11 holes – or three and a bit hours – left of the third spherical nonetheless to finish.
Cloudy and breezy situations are anticipated on Sunday, with no additional rain or storm disruption, though any delay to the resumption would go away event officers in a race in opposition to time to get 72 holes accomplished earlier than dusk on Sunday.
The ultimate spherical is predicted to start at 12.30pm native time (5.30pm BST) with pairings going off in a two-tee begin, though precise timings and groupings will likely be confirmed after 54 holes have been accomplished.
A press release from Augusta Nationwide stated the reside broadcast – the worldwide broadcast window – will stay as initially scheduled from 2pm-7pm native time (7pm-midnight BST), with the event set to be completed with out the necessity of taking the opening main of the 12 months right into a fifth day.
What occurs if play doesn’t end?
If the timings on Sunday go to plan then that would go away round an hour of daylight left to cope with any overruns or a possible play-off, though it isn’t not possible the event might require a Monday end.
Seve Ballesteros was the final winner of The Masters on a Monday, securing victory in 1983 to win the Inexperienced Jacket for a second time, with the Spanish star additionally a earlier winner of a Monday end at The Open.
The final main to go an additional day was The Open at St Andrews in 2015, whereas the final unscheduled Monday end on the PGA Tour got here when Justin Rose received the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am in February.
Who will win The Masters? Watch the conclusion of the third spherical reside on Sunday from 1.30pm on Sky Sports activities Golf, forward of the ultimate spherical later that day. A number of bonus feeds will likely be accessible all through the day through the crimson button on Sky Sports activities Golf!
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