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Rain suspends play Saturday at PGA Championship

Two fans sit only in the grandstand on the 18th green during a weather delay in the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Two fans sit only in the grandstand on the 18th green during a weather delay in the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2016. AP

A strong, steady rain forced third-round play to be suspended Saturday at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Play was halted at 2:14 p.m. when storms moved into the Springfield area. With no let up in the wet weather in sight, play was called off at 6 p.m.

Third-round play will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting. The final round is scheduled to begin at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, with the same pairings from the third round. That means Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker will have a 3:25 p.m. tee time, whether they’re still leading or not.

More rain is in the forecast for Sunday.

Friday’s second-round leaders never made it to the course on Saturday. But there was movement on the leader board, with Kevin Kisner finishing a round of 65 before the rain came, vaulting him to a tie for sixth at 5-under par, four strokes behind leaders Streb and Walker.

Padraig Harrington also shot a 65 and is five behind the leaders.

“Everything is underwater,” Streb said, “regardless of whether the lightning stopped.”

Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America’s chief championships officer, said no consideration was given to Saturday’s play having a two-tee start with threesomes, which would have accelerated play and had more players finish. Nor will that be the case Sunday, Haigh said.

“It’s a major championship and we want it to be run and performed as a major championship,” Haigh said. “We feel it’s important for all the players, in an ideal world, to play from the first tee and play the holes in order.”

Worth mentioning

▪ Charlotte’s Webb Simpson made it through six holes at 2 under and is 4-under for the tournament, also trailing by five strokes. He had consecutive birdies on the third and fourth holes.

“Hopefully (Sunday) it can pick back up in rhythm,” said Simpson. “(Sunday) doesn’t look good, but hopefully we can get it done.”

▪ Phil Mickelson had his best round of the week, a 2-under 68. It helped take away the sting of his first two rounds of 71-70.

“I’ve been shooting such low scores in preparation that I thought I was going to come out and light this thing up,” said Mickelson.

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