The BMW Championship’s final round got started shortly before 8 a.m. ET Monday at Aronimink Golf Club with an eye toward the sky, based on the forecast, and completing the FedEx Cup Playoffs event with 54-hole leader Justin Rose on the brink of victory.
After rain wiped out Sunday’s play in suburban Philadelphia, the final round was pushed back to Monday. The forecast calls for a 50- to 60-percent chance of rain.
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Should the weather again prove disruptive, at least half the players in the field would have to complete their final rounds in order to take the tournament into a sixth day Tuesday.
If that is not possible, then the event would be called off after 54 holes, giving Rose victory and seeing the projected top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings progress to the Tour Championship in two weeks in Atlanta.
Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, projected 31st after the third round, is among those who would miss that cut.
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“We will do everything we can to play [Monday],” said Slugger White, PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition. “We’ll just see what Mother Nature gives us.
“If we get in and we get half the round completed, yes, we would be into Tuesday. If we don’t … it’s really too early to talk about that.”
Rose (17-under) leads by one stroke over Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler are two shots back. Tiger Woods, who is scheduled to tee off at 8:40 a.m. ET is five shots back of the lead at minus-12.