The 2022 Players Championship first round was suspended and resumed in the early hours of Friday, but it has not yet been completed. After surviving an early downpour, the players evacuated at 11:15 ET, with Round 2 just beginning and Round 1 drawing to a close.
Instead, Round 1 will now end on Saturday morning, but won't start until 11:00 am at the earliest - meaning that on Saturday afternoon when weekend leaders are usually ready to tee off, we're only gearing up for Round 2. Players like Jon Rahm and Will Zatoris, who played early Thursday, may not be able to shoot again until Sunday, depending on delays and the stadium draining overnight amount of water.
At some point on Thursday, Colin Morikawa -- he even played 15 holes -- hit the top with his 3-wood because the conditions were so slick and uncomfortable. The players were not called off at the time but were pulled off later in the day when the rain continued and ravaged the field for the second day in a row.
Monday and even Tuesday's games are now in play thanks to back-to-back breaks.
"At this point, we're very confident -- we'll be done on Monday," Gary Young, chief judge of The Players Championship, said on Friday. "We know that. If our calculations are successful and we can start tomorrow, we want to finish the championship on Monday."
However, Saturday at 11 a.m. was idealistic again.
"Based on the current forecast, I would say it will be the best-case scenario, but if we get here tomorrow morning and things move faster than expected...but we won't start until 11," Young said. It has already been communicated to our players, so it's simply not possible to push this forward at the moment. We will stay there at the earliest. "
If all goes well, then maybe Monday is still possible. But if there are more delays, or the game is pushed back to Saturday noon or later, it's nearly impossible for the game to end on Monday night. A look at radar shows more rain is expected Saturday morning, followed by squally winds in the afternoon. No rain is expected on Sunday.
That gave a huge advantage to players who golfed earlier on Thursday. They can be almost completely protected from the squally winds that might blow on Saturday afternoon, or some of them can get a little bit of that before it gets too dark to continue the game.
Whenever the game resumes, take a look at the current leaderboard:
T1. Tommy Fleetwood (-6) -- F
T1. Tom Hoge (-6) -- F
T1. Brice Garnett (-6) -- 13
T4. Kramer Hickok (-5) -- F
T4. Joaquin Niemann (-5) -- F
T4. Keith Mitchell (-5) -- F
T4. Anirban Lahiri (-5) -- F
T5. Daniel Berger (-5) -- 16
T9. Brian Harman (-4) -- F
T9. Sam Burns (-4) -- F
T9. Abraham Ancer (-4) -- F
T9. Taylor Pendrith (-4) -- F
T9. Kevin Kisner (-4) -- F
T9. Dustin Johnson (-4) -- 16
T9. Scottie Scheffler (-4) -- 15
T9. Patton Kizzire (-4) -- 15
T9. Doug Ghim (-4) -- 12