Tropical storm Hermine moves up Monday tee times
Heavy winds expected during final round of Deutsche Bank Championship
September 04, 2016
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- The final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship will be played in threesomes off two tees from 7-9:01 a.m. ET. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, Mass. – The Deutsche Bank Championship is set for an extremely windy and potentially wet finish on Monday at TPC Boston courtesy of tropical storm Hermine.
So in an effort to get the entire competition completed on Labor Day, tournament officials have made the decision to play threesomes off two tees from 7-9:01 a.m. ET.
“We’re going to try to start early and see if we can get as much golf played as we possibly can before (the high winds get here),” said Mark Russell, the PGA TOUR’s vice president for rules and competition.
“Hopefully, when that does happen, it won’t be as strong as (the meteorologist) thinks and we can play through that. … If we do get shut down, we’re going to be in a situation where we can come back out, have a little time to finish.”
Brad Nelson, the meteorologist on-site at TPC Boston, says by 8 a.m. or so, sustained winds will be 20 mph with gusts in the 30-35 mph range. The winds will quickly increase, though, as Hermine draws closest to the Massachusetts coast.
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Nelson expects gusts around 30-40 mph – and those could increase to 45 mph as showers begin to arrive around noon. Nelson said balls typically begin to be affected by wind in those kind of wind conditions.
“We'll be in and out of showers through the afternoon, but it doesn't look as heavy as previous expectations,” Nelson said. “As long as we can deal with the wind, balls don't start rolling, all that, we should be okay.”
Nelson said conditions should moderate after 3 p.m. with sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 30-35 mph. Even if there is rain, he does not expect lightning to be an issue.
Sunset is 7:15 p.m. Should the round not be completed on Monday, Russell says, “we would definitely play Tuesday. We’re mandated to play 72 holes.”
The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second event in the FedExCup Playoffs. The Monday finish at TPC Boston makes for a short week at the BMW Championship, which begins on Thursday at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana.
Russell said there was no consideration given to trying to play 36 holes on Sunday to beat the weather.
“They’ve got a television show (Monday),” Russell said, referring to the NBC broadcast of the final round. “They’ve got bad weather predicted on Sunday, does the NFL say, ‘Well, let’s play on Saturday?’
“We’ve got a television show tomorrow, it’d be hard to do that. It’d be ultra-extreme circumstances.”