High winds interrupt third round at Genesis Invitational
2/20/2021 2:42:28 PM EST
High winds and dangerous conditions Saturday caused a weather delay at the Genesis Invitational at Pacific Palisades, Calif., just as the final group prepared to tee off to start the third round.
Gusts between 30 and 40 mph began to wreak havoc at Riviera Country Club just as Sam Burns, Tyler McCumber and Jason Kokrak reached the elevated first tee.
PGA Tour Communications posted on Twitter that play will resume at 12:20 p.m. PT.
Before PGA Tour officials blew an air horn to signify the delay, Keegan Bradley had a long putt at the 10th hole blow off the green, roll between two bunkers and toward the rough.
At the green on the fourth hole, J.B. Holmes stood over a putt when his cap was blown off his head. Holmes backed off his putt as the wind then blew his ball across the green to the fringe.
"Ultimately I think we got into a situation where player safety, the safety of our volunteers and the safety of everybody out there on the golf course was our primary reason for shutting down," Steve Rintoul, PGA Tour Senior Tournament Director, said on the Golf Channel.
"We had a piece of communications equipment fall down very close to some players on the 14th tee, which really makes us as a committee step back and say maybe we need to go ahead and suspend now before it gets really, really dangerous out there."
Instead of waiting to see if the wind would relent, the entire field was pulled off the course near the Pacific Ocean just outside of Los Angeles. Players were given the option of finishing their current hole or returning later to pick up where they left off.
Burns had a commanding two-shot lead after two rounds at 12-under par. He followed a 7-under 64 on Thursday with a 5-under 66 on Friday.
--Field Level Media
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