PALM HARBOR – With play having been delayed early in the morning and suspended at 11:02 am, tournament director Mark Russell still believes there are enough daylight hours ahead to squeeze in the final round of the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook.
Russell told the Golf Channel that he has been in contact with area meteorologists and there is a possibility everyone could get back to play around the 2-2:30 pm. Rain has been heavy at times mixed with thundershowers and wind gusts in the 40 mph range. According to the Weather Channel the showers are not expected to end until 3:00.
When the horn sounded to let golfers know of the impending storm, the final grouping of tournament leader Jim Furyk, K.J. Choi and Ratief Goosen had just teed off. The trio that started ahead of them, Bubba Watson, Carl Pettersson and Luke Donald had not yet completed the first hole.
Only one group of leaders was able to finish it, Jeff Maggert, Webb Simpson and second round leader, Padraig Harrington with Maggert and Harrington starting with a birdie.