Storms delay start of AT&T's third round
Saturday, June 30, 2012
BETHESDA, Md. – The start of today's third round at the AT&T National has been delayed until 1 p.m. as crews clean up at Congressional Country Club after hurricane-force winds tore through the Eastern Seaboard overnight.
Cleanup was under way early today after tents were blown down, trees uprooted and power was out on the property in suburban D.C.
The third round, which Hunter Mahan enters with a two-stroke lead at 7-under 135 on the site of the 2011 U.S. Open, was scheduled to have begun at 7:10 a.m. in twosomes off the first tee. However, the start was delayed nearly six hours, according to the PGA Tour.
TV coverage will air as scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and 3-6 p.m. on CBS, according to a statement issued by the Tour. There will be no TV coverage past 6 p.m. Golf Channel is not available because of scheduled coverage of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and CBS will go to regularly scheduled programming.
As daylight broke Saturday at Congressional, the extent of the damage that left 3 million on the East Coast without power was apparent. Tournament officials closed the course to fans and volunteers so that the cleanup could begin.
Winds of up to 80 mph were reported in the vicinity, many roads into the club were blocked by downed trees, and cellphone service has been spotty.