For a second consecutive day, golfers and golf fans will be required to be early risers for Sunday’s final round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial because of an inclement weather forecast.
The PGA Tour has implemented a 7 a.m. start for final-round action, with golfers playing in threesomes and teeing off in groups at No. 1 and No. 10. The leaders will begin their Sunday rounds at the first tee.
Barring rain delays during the round, the Colonial champion projects to be crowned by 2 p.m. CBS’ final-round telecast will be shown on a tape-delayed basis (2-5 p.m., KTVT/Ch. 11).
Colonial officials used the same start times for Saturday’s third round in efforts to get rounds complete before predicted showers arrived Saturday evening. Players completed third-round play without a delay despite intermittent showers, keeping the event on pace for a Sunday conclusion in a week marked by daily precipitation.
The Colonial was delayed for three hours Thursday because of rain. Golfers played through intermittent-to-heavy rains Friday but there was no stoppage of play.
Kevin Na leads the tournament at 11-under 199. Na shot a 69 on Saturday.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth is tied for 10th at 204. Spieth shot a 67 on Saturday.
Here’s a look at how rain has historically affected the Colonial golf tournament:
1947= Rain washed out Friday’s round, and 36 holes were played on Sunday.
1949= Tournament was canceled after historic floods inundated Fort Worth and the course one week before the tournament.
1957= Lots of rain and mud, but all four rounds were completed.
1958= Contestants almost outnumbered spectators on some days, but all four rounds were completed.
1964= Rain washed out Friday’s round, resulting in two rounds being played Saturday.
1965= Rained halted the final round on Sunday and Monday. The event finished on a Tuesday.
1980= First round was postponed and 36 holes were played on Sunday.
1982= Rain delayed the first round 4 1/2 hours.
1986= Rain washed out Saturday’s round and 18 holes were played on Sunday and the tournament ended at 54 holes.
1987= Rain washed out second round and 36 holes were played on Sunday.
1989= Rain washed out the Wednesday pro-am for the first time.
1994= Second round was completed Saturday morning and the third round just before dark on the same day. Rain interrupted play on Sunday with 18 players on the course. Tournament finished on Monday.
1999= Monday Pro-Am rained out.
2007= Tournament finished in a light rain Sunday evening with a sudden-death playoff. Fort Worth’s Rory Sabbatini won the event.
2015=PGA Tour implements an early start for the third and fourth rounds. Golfers tee off in threesomes, starting at 7 a.m., at Nos. 1 and 10.