How it Happened: Rain stalls BMW Championship
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Jim Furyk went from 59 Friday to solo leader Saturday at the BMW Championship while Tiger Woods surged ahead. But neither did anything Sunday.
While the PGA Tour rolled into the final 90 holes of the FedEx Cup, rain stalled play twice with the penultimate event still up for grabs.
PHOTOS: BMW Championship 2013, Sunday
Check out images of the conditions during Sunday's rain-drenched final round of the 2013 BMW Championship, the third event of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, at Conway Farms near Chicago.
Play will resume Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Central.
Furyk had shot 69 Saturday to get to 13 under, good for a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker with second-round co-leader Brandt Snedeker another shot back and Zach Johnson alone in fourth three shots back.
Woods is alone in fifth at 9 under.
Recap Sunday's events right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage!
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Update No. 12: 5:09 p.m. EDT
Play has been suspended for the rest of the day because of the heavy rains Sunday at Conway Farms.
The final round resumes Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern, 8 Central.
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Update No. 11: 4:50 p.m. EDT
Reports from Lake Forest, Ill., point to an update in about 10 minutes regarding when the tournament will resume play.
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Update No. 10: 3:35 p.m. EDT
On the outside looking in, Angel Cabrera rolls off four straight birdies at Nos. 6-9 and follows with a par. He's T-35 at even par and 68th in points, so his season ends this week.
Play is halted again due to rain.
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Update No. 9: 3:17 p.m. EDT
The radar is not looking good, with heavy rain again in the area. Officials are telling NBC that they intend to try and continue through it.
It doesn't faze Adam Scott, who makes a third straight birdie before he makes the turn and rises to 1 under for the tournament.
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Update No. 8: 3:09 p.m. EDT
Rickie Fowler gets in on the consecutive-birdies game at Nos. 2-3 to rise to T-26 at 2 under. Fowler started the week 36th in points and is projected to rise to 32nd, so he's got more work to do.
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Update No. 7: 3:03 p.m. EDT
Adam Scott makes back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7-8 to return to even par for the week. With an earlier birdie and bogey in the round, he's 2 under for the day and on pace to slip from third to fifth in points.
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Update No. 6: 2:55 p.m. EDT
Phil Mickelson starts his round with two pars and remains even for the week, good for T-36 as things stand. Mickelson's projected to slip from sixth in points to ninth, but he seems safe for a spot next week at the Tour Championship.
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Update No. 5: 2:48 p.m. EDT
With play restarted, Billy Horschel makes a birdie at No. 2 to rise to 1 under at T-31. Horschel started the week 22nd in points and projects at 23rd after this week to stay in the Tour Championship field.
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Update No. 4: 1:30 p.m. EDT
The Tour has announced that play is expected to resume in about an hour, with the practice range opening 30 minutes earlier for warming up.
Ian Poulter offered a parallel update from his Twitter account, @IanJamesPoulter: "We are attempting to re tee it at 1.30. The players lounge is not moving nobody going anywhere. Football is on and it's nice and warm."
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Update No. 3: 12:53 p.m. EDT
We're awaiting the latest from tournament officials in about 10 minutes, after this post on the BMW Championship's official Twitter account: "UPDATE: The next weather announcement from the #BMWChamps will be at noon. Stay tuned."
The Tour tweeted that it's the 21st weather delay this season, not counting one for darkness.
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Update No. 2: 11:40 a.m. EDT
Zach Johnson will play in the next-to-last group today (and/or tomorrow?), having seemingly secured a spot in the Tour Championship next week. Entering the week 27th in points, he's projected to finish the week in 12th. Let's take a quick look at some other players on the bubble of advancing to the Tour Championship.
- 28. Harris English . . . T-39 at 1 over (57 holes) . . . Projected 29th
- 29. Charl Schwartzel . . . T-6 at 8 under (54 holes) . . . Projected 20th
- 30. Lee Westwood . . . 68th at 11 over (68 holes) . . . Projected 44th
- 31. Charles Howell III . . . T-33 at even par (54 holes) . . . Projected 31st
- 32. Kevin Stadler . . . T-33 at even par (54 holes) . . . Projected 32nd
- 33. Kevin Chappell . . . 66th at 9-over 293 . . . Projected 48th
- 34. Nick Watney . . . T-8 at 7 under (54 holes) . . . Projected 27th
- 35. Scott Piercy . . . 70th at 18-over 302 . . . Projected 50th
- 36. Rickie Fowler . . . T-33 at even par (54 holes) . . . Projected 34th
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Update No. 1: 11:22 a.m. EDT
Only a handful of groups have made the turn, and the BMW Championship runs into a weather delay – with more rain in the forecast and standing water reportedly already on the course.
On a lighter note, three early groups seemed to be in pursuit of a land-speed record this morning. Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy finished with 73 and 72, respectively, as did Rory McIlroy and Kevin Chappell at 68 and 71, respectively. Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood have finished 14 holes. As for the fourth group off? Patrick Reed and Michael Thompson have finished 10 holes.
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There hasn't been much upward movement, with McIlroy's 3-under round the highlight so far. McIlroy made the turn on that mark, then double-bogeyed No. 10 and eagled No. 12; another birdie at No. 15 was offset by a bogey at No. 17. McIlroy heads to the clubhouse T-60 at 7 over and won't advance to the Tour Championship.
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Scott Stallings is 4 over at the turn with a bogey and a triple bogey; he's 67th at 10 over. Brian Gay made three straight bogeys and through eight holes is T-63 at 8 over.
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Jim Furyk will carry a one-shot lead into the final round over Steve Stricker, while Tiger Woods moved into contention and said Friday's two-shot penalty hadn't motivated him.
Hunter Mahan used a 5-iron to make a hole-in-one on Conway Farms’ 210-yard 17th hole in the BMW Championship third round Saturday. And it was no ordinary ace for reasons beyond the fact his ball got a good bounce off of a mound.
Jim Furyk fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday at the BMW Championship and will carry a one-shot lead heading into the final round at Conway Farms. A day after a 59, Furyk bogeyed the final hole to make things more interesting heading into Sunday.
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Not far from Olympia Fields, where he won his lone major championship at the 2003 U.S. Open, and Cog Hill, where he won the 2006 BMW Championship, Jim Furyk carded a 12-under 59 at Conway Farms to become the sixth PGA Tour player to shoot golf’s magic number.
Tiger Woods was penalized two strokes after his BMW Championship second round because officials ruled that his ball moved as he moved nearby loose impediments before his third shot on Conway Farms’ first hole.
Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 as he carded a 12-under 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. Furyk's record round moved him to 11 under for the tournament, which is good for a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker.
See some of the action and the emotion of the first two rounds of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup, from Conway Farms near Chicago.
The lead pairing of will likely not be the most talked about Saturday. That's because Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia will tee off together at 11:50 a.m. Garcia apologized for insensitive remarks at Woods' expense in May in a story that had something of a domino effect.
Just as many Tour pros could be seen watching Jim Furyk put his 59 on ice Friday at the BMW Championship, their Twitter accounts also reflected a show of support for the popular veteran golfer. Here's a sampling of their quotes.
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No one – not even Tiger Woods – has successfully defended a FedEx Cup victory. Behind an 8-under 63 in Thursday's first round of the BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker is trying to get himself into position to do exactly that.
Tiger Woods made seven birdies and shot 5-under-par 66 in the BMW Championship first round. Yet he said, “I didn’t get anything out of it.”
Phil Mickelson arrived late and, no surprise, started slowly on a Conway Farms course he had never seen before. But late in the round he managed three consecutive birdies, two of them produced with familiar and flashy wedge shots, and ended up with a 1-under 70, good for a tie for 18th.
With only two events left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, each tournament takes on a new importance as the world's best fight for the $10 million prize for the winner. Not a bad time to roll off seven straight birdies – which is exactly what Brandt Snedeker did during the first round of the BMW Championship.
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Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose all register as favorites, while Ernie Els, Chris Stroud, Scott Piercy and Kevin Chappell are players to watch at the BMW Championship.
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