5 Things: BMW runs into rain; bubble floats; more
Sunday, September 15, 2013
LAKE FOREST, Ill. More than an inch of rain fell during Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, causing play to be suspended twice before it was finally called for the day.
The leader, Jim Furyk, was one of 22 players who never got to tee off. Play is set to resume on Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern, 8 Central.
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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.
Here are 5 Things to Know from Sunday at Conway Farms.
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1. WEATHER HALTS PLAY AGAIN: Mother Nature pulled ahead in the PGA Tour Player of the Year race. The BMW Championship became the 22nd tournament to be delayed by weather this season, and the third extended to a Monday finish.
“Mother Nature just won’t give us a break here as far as shutting this faucet off,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competition.
Rain was already falling when White woke up at 5:30 a.m. He knew it was going to be a long day. The overnight forecast called for no more than half an inch of rain to fall during play.
Casual water on the third green was responsible for the first suspension of play at 10 a.m. CDT. Play resumed at 1:31 p.m. The ninth, 10th and 12th holes caused difficulties, and play was halted at 2:28 p.m. At 4 p.m., play was postponed for the day. Eleven groups still had not teed off.
“They made the right call,” Brandt Snedeker said. “They did everything they could to get us teed off and they couldn’t do it.”
The final round will resume Monday morning at 8 a.m., with the leaders expected to tee off at 9:40.
The forecast for Monday includes some scattered showers in the morning, but the forecast should improve.
“We might see some sunshine tomorrow,” White said.
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2. ON THE BUBBLE: Expect at least one bubble to burst for a spot in the Tour Championship at East Lake. Lee Westwood entered the week on the bubble at No. 30, and has dropped out of contention with a 12-over 296 total. He’s projected to drop to No. 44. The beneficiary of Westwood’s sloppy play could be Nick Watney, who started the week at No. 34 and has climbed to No. 27. He still has a full round ahead of him.
The new man on the bubble? That would be Dustin Johnson, one of six players to finish his round Sunday. He had 267 yards to the pin for his second shot to the 18th green. He went for the green in two, caught it a little fat and hit into the creek running along the front of the green.
“I was trying to making birdie,” Johnson said. “It just came out dead.”
Johnson, who began the week at No. 23 in the FedEx Cup standings, made bogey and is projected as No. 30. Here’s how the next five stand:
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- No. 31 Kevin Stadler . . . T-35
- No. 32 Rickie Fowler . . . T-28
- No. 33 Charles Howell III . . . T-43
- No. 34 Jimmy Walker . . . T-11
- No. 35 Bubba Watson . . . T-23
The top 30 qualify for next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta. Johnson will be in wait-and-see mode, but didn’t seem too concerned about monitoring his position Monday.
“I’m not really going to watch it too much,” he said. “Hopefully, I make it, but if I don’t, get ’em next time.”
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3. EARLY FINISHERS: A disappointing 2013 PGA Tour campaign for Rory McIlroy mercifully came to an end Sunday. He shot a second straight 68 to finish at 7-over 291. McIlroy will fall short of qualifying for the Tour Championship.
Kevin Chappell was among six players who completed their rounds. He wanted to make sure there wasn’t any chance that the round would be re-started so he texted White for permission to leave town. When told he should carry on with his travel plans, Chappell replied, “Thanks. I appreciate what you do.”
When asked how many texts of that nature he has received this year, White didn’t have to think long. “One,” he answered.
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4. DON’T CALL FURYK ‘MR. 59’: Jim Furyk said some fans called him Mr. 59 during Saturday’s third round. His reaction: “It just feels wrong,” Furyk said.
That nickname has been the property of Al Geiberger, the first to shoot golf’s magic number 36 years ago.
But Furyk appreciated the groundswell of support and congratulatory notes he’s received.
“I had probably twice as many emails and texts (Friday) night than I have ever had after winning a golf tournament,” he said. “ I answered all of them.”
Russell Knox, who shot 59 on the Web.com Tour, and Paul Goydos, one of the six to do so on the PGA Tour, both welcomed Furyk to the 59 club Friday. Then Geiberger, Mr. 59 himself, texted Furyk on Saturday night.
“He said he was the honorary chairman of the club, and he wanted to say congrats,” Furyk said.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: All three FedExCup playoff events this year have had play suspended; in 2012, only the BMW Championship was suspended. . . . McIlroy's 68 is the low mark of the day so far; Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera also are 3 under through 10 holes. . . . Westwood's struggles this week came amid neck and back pain, he posted on his Twitter account after an 80 Thursday, but he improved to finish 73-69-74. . . . Scott Piercy came into the tournament 35th in points, but fell to 49th after finishing 18-over 302 and likely last in the field.