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The Tour Report

October 5 2013

1:44 PM

Rain suspends matches again

UPDATE: The range opened at 1:13 p.m. ET. Play is now scheduled to resume at 2:15 p.m.

By PGATOUR.COM staff

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Saturday's Four-ball session was been suspended shortly before 1 p.m. ET after heavy rains rendered parts of Muirfield Village unplayable.

The bursts of rain, three heavy ones already this morning, have left puddles on the greens and streams in the fairway, and eroded some of the sand in the bunkers. Players have been brought back iinto their respective team rooms while course maintenance crews are repairing the damage.

This is the third delay in as many days. Nearly an inch of rain fell on Friday and prompted tournament officials to make the unusual decision to switch to preferred lies for the rest of the day's Foursomes matches and that has continued Saturday during the Four-balls.

When play was suspended Saturday, the U.S. led in three matches, the Internationals in one and one match was all square.

"The golf has been incredible," U.S. Captain Fred Couples said. "I just hope we get this thing done sooner rather than later."

The forecast for the rest of the weekend is not promising, either.

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the picture until about 7 p.m. A front from the Dakotas is moving into the area and will bring a 40 percent chance of rain Sunday morning that increases to 100 percent in the afternoon.

Rainfall of 1-3 inches in possible through Monday.

The pairings for the afternoon Foursomes, originally set to be announced at 1 p.m. ET, have now been delayed. Ditto for the tee times that were to start at 2:01 p.m. and run at 11-minute intervals until 2:45 p.m.

Here are how the matches stand:

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson (U.S.) lead Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge (International) 2 up through 14 holes.

Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth (U.S.) are all square in their match with Jason Day and Graham DeLaet (International) through 14 holes.

Bill Haas and Webb Simpson (U.S.) are 4 up on Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace (International) through 13 holes.

Brandt Snedeker aand Hunter Mahan (U.S.) are 2 up on Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel (International) through 12 holes).

Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama (International) are 1 up on Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar (U.S.) through 11 holes.

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