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Colonial will have early start for Saturday’s third round

Jordan Spieth and Hunter Mahan stay under umbrellas as long as possible on the sixth green on the second day of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. There is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and a 90 percent chance of the same on Sunday.
Jordan Spieth and Hunter Mahan stay under umbrellas as long as possible on the sixth green on the second day of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. There is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and a 90 percent chance of the same on Sunday. Star-Telegram

Because forecasts call for inclement weather, the PGA Tour will implement an early start for Saturday’s third round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Golfers who survive the 36-hole cut will tee off in threesomes, starting at 7 a.m., at No. 1 and No. 10. The final groups are expected to begin Saturday’s round at 9 a.m., meaning third-round play will finish at Colonial around 1 p.m. or shortly thereafter. Third-round action will be tape-delayed and shown during CBS’ scheduled afternoon window (3-5 p.m.).

Jordan Spieth makes birdie at the closing hole in round one of the Crowne Plaza invitational at colonial. Spieth had the overnight lead with four others at six under par.

Saturday’s forecast calls for severe thunderstorms that could yield up to five inches of rain at the course, starting Saturday evening and extending into Sunday morning.

The Colonial was delayed three hours on Thursday by rain.

Golfers played through intermittent to heavy rain on Friday, but play was not stopped.

Jordan Spieth's birdie try at the 9th hole Friday of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He shot 73 to fall five shots off the lead.

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760

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