Why Tiger can go watch college football today...

Tiger Woods smiles during the third round of the Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods smiles during the third round of the Tour Championship.

ATLANTA – Don’t be stunned if players circulate a petition to demand that PGA Tour officials do this all the time. Plan for 2:30 p.m. third-round finishes, that is.

“Now we can go watch college football,” Tiger Woods said, moments after shooting 1-under 69 to get within two of Kenny Perry’s lead through 54 holes of the Tour Championship.

Yes, Woods loved the fact that he was ending his weekend day where he is usually starting it. So, too, did a long line of players. David Toms, for instance. His beloved LSU Tigers already had started their game against Mississippi State, and the sprint up the hill from the scoring trailer indicated Toms was in a hurry to get in front of a TV.

No such hurry for Lucas Glover. He had a smile on his face and a stroll in his walk; Clemson didn’t play until 3:30. Ditto the University of Illinois, so Steve Stricker wasn’t in any rush.

Their glee came courtesy of PGA Tour officials who deserve credit for being on top of their game. Having studied Saturday’s weather Friday night and determining that at about 2:30 heavy rain would arrive, officials pushed up the tee times some four hours. Instead of starting at 2:30, the final pairing of Woods and Padraig Harrington went off at 10:20, and guess what they saw on the JumboTron walking up to the 18th tee: “Severe storm approaching. Plan according.”

Less than a half-hour after the round had been completed, the sky opened up and sheets of rain came down.

Great call by the officials.

College football for all.

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