PONT VEDRA BEACH, FL – Storms arrived as expected with play in the Players Championships being halted at 11 a.m. ET due to “hazardous weather” in the area.
No one completed their first round at TPC Sawgrass and three players – Harold Varner III, Will Zalatoris and Tommy Fleetwood – tied for the lead at 4-under.
The tour said it will open training facilities at 2:15 p.m. and then determine when play will resume.
Overnight, 1.25 inches of rain fell on the playing field and officials began the first round of play preferably lying with more storms in the forecast for the next three days.
“Tomorrow looks like a rough day. We may be fighting thunderstorms for most of the day,” said local meteorologist Wade Stettner.
There is an 80% chance of more storms and rain on Friday which increases to 100% on Saturday, when winds are expected to reach 35mph as a cold front moves through the area.
PGA Tour chief referee Gary Young said, who also added that the setup team was already thinking ahead.
“They are actually preparing for the weather conditions on Friday and Saturday because, most likely, we will finish the second round on Saturday, completely different victories. There is a lot of planning to go in.”
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