The marathon begins Sunday at PGA Championship
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The PGA Championship resumed Sunday with minimal odds that someone will be holding the Wanamaker Trophy by the end of the day.
Severe storms halted the third round, meaning 10 players returned to Baltusrol having not even started the third round. That included Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par.
There was a slim chance they could play 36 holes provided there were no more weather delays. The last time the PGA Championship was held at Baltusrol in 2005, it finished on Monday because of rain.
The heavy rain forced officials to put the lift, clean and place rule in effect for the final round. The forecast is calling for more rain Sunday and that forced the PGA of America to use the preferred lies in an effort to complete the tournament on time.
The players, when their ball lies on a closely mown area ''through the green,'' may mark the ball, clean it and replace it within one club length no nearer the hole or in a hazard.
It is extremely rare for this rule to be enacted in a major championship.
Kevin Kisner finished his third round Saturday with a 65 for 5-under 205. Because the pairings stayed the same in an attempt to finish, Kisner was to tee off in the final round while the leaders were still playing the front nine of their third round.
The course was soaked.
Marc Leishman returned to face a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that he left short. He shot 67 and was at 3 under, but even the two putts he hit were enough to indicate that the greens were softer and slower than usual.
''Even on the putting green, you could start to see footprints,'' Leishman said. ''They were slow. I wasn't trying to lag that putt. I left it a foot short.''
As he was finishing, Harris English began his third round by missing his tee shot so far to the right that he couldn't play it and wound up making a double bogey.
Still to be determined was who had the advantage.
Kisner and Padraig Harrington, who shot 65 on Saturday and was at 4-under 206, only faced 18 holes and could move up the leaderboard if the top players struggled in thick, wet rough or had mud on their golf balls in the fairway. No major championship has ever allowed players to lift, clean and place their golf balls because of mud.
Then again, there is no defense for soft greens.
''There's a score out there,'' Leishman said. ''It will be interesting to see what the weather does.''
Either way, the Australian was happy to be finished with his third round. He was just about to pull the putter back on his 12-footer Saturday when officials sounded the horn requiring all play be stopped. Leishman stayed at Baltusrol for four hours waiting for play to resume.
Asked if he would be unhappy about having to play 36 holes in sloppy conditions, Leishman smiled and said, ''There's no real bad day on a golf course, is there?''