Golf: Marathon final day in store at PGA Championship after rain halts third-round play

Robert Streb of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29.
Robert Streb of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29.PHOTO: AFP

SPRINGFIELD (AFP) - Play in the 98th PGA Championship has been halted until Sunday morning, PGA officials announced on Saturday after thunderstorms had stopped Saturday's third round for more than 3 1/2 hours.

American co-leaders Robert Streb, who matched the low round in Major history with a seven-under 63 on Friday, and Jimmy Walker were on nine-under 131 after 36 holes.

They were also among 10 players who never teed off at Baltusrol, a group that also included top-ranked defending champion Jason Day of Australia, who is two adrift.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7am Sunday (7am, Monday, Singapore time) with 49 of 86 players who made the cut yet to complete their third rounds.

On Sunday, players will stay in the same pairings as in round three with the final round set to start at 8.40am and the leaders in the last groups set to play 36 holes and finish about 45 minutes before sunset if weather allows.

Thunderstorms are forecast into Monday morning at the 7,428-yard layout with rain to be heavy at times. That also could strain drainage at an already saturated course that endured three inches (7.5cm) of rain in the previous five days.

American Kevin Kisner had the clubhouse lead on five-under 205 through 54 holes.