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PGA Tour director Mark Russell not ruling out an extra day because of wet conditions

After a three-hour rain delay to start Sunday’s final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, PGA Tour director Mark Russell knew the course couldn’t take much more.

A superb effort by the grounds crew enabled the players to tee off at 10 a.m.

“Totally saturated. We’re fortunate to even be able to play today. I can’t say enough about Scott Ebers and his staff at the golf course here at Colonial,” Russell said. “They just did a great job for us.

“We can’t take much more rainfall, but we’ll see what happens.”

At around 1:30, rain began to fall, but the players remain on the course. The forecast calls for the rain to taper off later in the day.

Will Colonial have to play on Monday?

“A heavy downpour is going to put us out of business. We’ve got a little more time. Sunset is 8:30 tonight, so we could play a little bit after that,” Russell said. “We’re doing all we can to get it in today. But if we have to play tomorrow, that’s what we’ll do.”

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