Players 2023: Weather scraps remainder of Friday round as storms roll in

A flag blows in the breeze on the 17th green during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 09, 2023 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The second round of The Players Championship has been called for the day at TPC Sawgrass.

Bad weather moving in shortly before 4:30 p.m. caused the tournament to suspend play. Moments later, the tournament announced that it was being called for the day. The suspended round will resume at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Gates will open at 6:45 a.m. for spectators.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Adam Svensson shared the lead at 8 under for the tournament. First-round leader Chad Ramey, plagued by a quadruple-bogey on No. 17, was four over through 10 holes.

Asked about the slow pace of play during the first two rounds, PGA Tour rules official and chief referee Gary Young said that the challenges of TPC Sawgrass make this a difficult tournament to project. The first round had no delays and still failed to be completed in the scheduled time.

“The pace of play has been just what we’ve expected. Plays anywhere from four hours and 55 minutes for the first groups, and looking at the results of yesterday’s that got as high as five and a half hours,” Young said. “But that is just the result of the challenge of this golf course that it provides design wise, and also the size of the field that we’re playing. It is a challenge. But we feel very confident that we’re playing at the pace that we anticipated.

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