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Players 2nd round will resume at 9:15 a.m. Saturday

Spectators walk to take shelter from the rain and lightning Friday afternoon.   (AP photo by Lynne Sladky)
Spectators walk to take shelter from the rain and lightning Friday afternoon. (AP photo by Lynne Sladky)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Players second round will resume Saturday at 9:15a.m. after it was suspended Friday night due to darkness. Play was delayed for two hours due to lightning in the area and the round couldn't be completed before dark.

The third round will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

There’s not a hard-and-fast rule on when to stop play because of weather on the PGA Tour but they do have parameters.  Tournament officials who are on the road each week at the various tour stops work with the on-site meteorologist to decided when to stop play.

“It depends on the speed of the storm and the lightning involved,” one tour official said when play was suspended at The Players at 4:08 EDT on Friday.  “We’re looking at how long it would get the number of fans off the golf course safely as the weather comes in."

The tour has an evacuation plan in place for the players on course with vans put in place in what they call “Phase Two” of the preparations.  They preposition the vans in case the weather does come in quickly so they can get the players off the course quickly and safely.

They’ll play in rain, but lightning “in the general area” causes the tour to suspend play immediately.

Friday was no different, as the PGA Tour posted weather-warning signs throughout the Stadium Course alerting fans that a weather delay was imminent and to take appropriate action.

Once the single horn sounded, players were allowed to mark their ball on the course and were hustled off to the locker room.

Jason Day is -3 Friday through eight holes and -12 for the tournament.  He has a two-shot lead over Jonas Blixt, Alex Cejka and Cameron Tringale.