The Final Day at the 2019 PGA Tour Championship
As a result of severe weather and lightening strikes on the course at East Lake Golf Club the third-round play at the PGA Tour Championship was suspended on Saturday. Less than 30 minutes later, two lightning strikes hit East Lake, with six people suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
The four top players on the leader board were only able to complete 5 holes before play was suspended. They will resume play to complete the third round at 8am ET Sunday morning. Then they will come back to play the final 18 in accordance with the regular schedule beginning at noon.
Justin Thomas, at 12 under, will go into Sunday with a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. Xander Schauffele is two shots back. Koepka had entered the third round with a one-shot lead over Thomas and McIlroy but bogeyed two of his first three holes. Thomas parred each of his five holes to take the lead. It was a slow start for each of the top four players, as they failed to produce a single birdie.
Thomas, who entered this week at 10 under in the new Starting Strokes format, is seeking to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedExCup champs. Thomas won the FedExCup title in 2017 but did not win the TOUR Championship that year, as Schauffele won the tournament competition that week. They were playing under the standard format at that time but changed to the new Starting Strokes format for the first time this year.
Just four players – Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman and Brandt Snedeker — finished their third rounds before play was suspended, leaving the remaining 26 players to make the early start Sunday when play resumes.
They are playing for the FedExCup title and the $15 million bonus that goes to the winner, the biggest prize on the PGA TOUR.