INDIAN Anirban Lahibi held a one-shot lead in the Players Championship when play was halted due to darkness midway through the third round at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. on Sunday.
Lahiri is 9-under for the tournament through 11 holes in his third round. He is one point ahead of Americans Tom Hoge and Harold Varner, who both completed nine holes before the horn sounded on Sunday night.
Hoge was tied for the lead at 7 under when the second round finally ended midday Sunday. Co-leader Sam Burns finished the day still 7 under and tied for fourth with England’s Paul Casey and Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz.
The third round will resume at 8 a.m. ET on Monday, with the final round scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Tournament organizers hope to complete the final around 6:30 p.m.
Lahiri will sleep in the lead on Sunday night as he looks for the biggest victory of his career.
The 34-year-old has 18 world victories to date, but his biggest milestone result was a tie for fifth at the 2015 Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Championship. Lahiri is yet to win the PGA Tour, and he entered this week ranked 322nd.n/a in the world.
“I think the nature of what we’re doing, it could be – it’s unpredictable,” he said. “You work, you keep snacking, you keep working on your game, and when it clicks, it clicks. It could be this week, it could be next week. As long as it happens, and that’s the belief that you have to have, and that’s the commitment that you have to have.
“I’m just happy. When you’re in that state of mind, you usually play well, and that’s what happens.
Lahiri first hit 9 under with a birdie on the ninth hole of his third round, rounding in 4 under 31. He bogeyed the 10and hole but bounced to birdie par-5 11and before play is suspended.
When play resumes Monday morning, there will be 17 players within four shots of the lead. That includes former Open champion Shane Lowry, who sits at 5 under thanks in part to a hole-in-one on the iconic 17and hole on his second round.
Defending champion Justin Thomas is 4 under on 11 holes with 25 to go as he attempts to become the first player to successfully defend against players.
World No. 1 Jon Rahm also went through 11 holes in his third round but is seven strokes off the pace at 2 under with third-seeded Viktor Hovland. Number 2 Collin Morikawa missed the cut.
Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy were among those who had to wait until Sunday afternoon to find out if they would complete the 36 holes. Both slipped after Scott Piercy quadrupled bogey on 17and hole after putting two balls in the water, then bogey No. 18 to fall to 3.
“I had to ask (caddie Travis Perkins) what day it was today,” Burns said after the second round ended. “I wasn’t even sure. It’s strange to leave Thursday and not play until Sunday.
Hoge is looking to win for the second time this year after earning his first PGA Tour win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last month.
“You know what, I think we definitely had the right ending to a draw. It’s golf, I guess,” Hoge said of those who avoided playing on Saturday. out there this morning. I felt there were a lot of tough golf shots out there. — Reuters