September 09, 2018

BMW Championship’s Sunday Round Was Suspended Due to Heavy Rain

NEWTON SQUARE, Pa. – Sunday’s final round of BMW Championship was suspended due to heavy rain and could be shortened to 54 holes.

More than three-inches of rain soaked Aronimink Golf Club during a 36-hour turning the course into a quagmire. PGA Tour officials were forced to call off play and hope to resume early Monday morning, although the forecast isn’t good.

“We’ve got kind of mess out there,” said Slugger White, vice president of rules and competitions.

The plan is to start the final round on Monday at 7:30 a.m. ET in threesome off split tees and play as many holes as possible. The BMW Championship is the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs, which will determine the 30-player field for the Tour Championship, Sept. 20-23 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

PGA Tour rules stipulate that at least half of the 69 players competing at the BMW Championship must complete their rounds Monday to push the tournament into Tuesday – if necessary. Otherwise, 54-hole leader Justin Rose will be declared the winner and the current standings become official.

Tiger Woods, who entered the week No. 24 in the FedExCup point standings, is tied for 11th at 12-under 198.

The only two-time winner of the Tour Championship, he will advance for the first time since 2013 if the BMW Championship is called after 54 holes.

More rain and thunderstorms are predicted Monday.

“We’re just going to do the best we can and hopefully we can play,” White said.

Woods is scheduled to begin on the first tee at 8:40 a.m. ET with Webb Simpson and Scott Piercy.

If golf is played, live coverage will be shown on the Golf Channel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.