Final-round play at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open will carry over to Monday after inclement weather forced three suspensions on a messy day at Torrey Pines' South Course in San Diego, California.
According to ESPN.com's Jason Sobel, play will resume at 11 a.m. ET Monday with Jimmy Walker holding a one-stroke lead at seven under par.
Heavy downpours and harsh wind gusts combined to force the day's first two stoppages, and it briefly appeared as though players would be able to get things in after it was announced the third stoppage would be lifted at 3:30 p.m. local time.
And while the rain cleared out, the wind didn't follow the same lead, according to the PGA Tour on Twitter:
PGA TOUR @PGATOUR
The rain has passed, but play at Torrey Pines remains suspended because of extremely high winds. https://t.co/9s9QhkMTHx1/31/2016, 11:20:32 PM
Because conditions were so poor, virtually every golfer struggled mightily to find the bottom of the cup under par.
In fact, Brandt Snedeker, who posted a final score of three-under 69 Sunday, was the only player to complete the round under par. By virtue of his effort, Snedeker now sits tied for second at six under.
Golf Channel's Justin Ray explained just how gaudy Snedeker's effort was after the American entered the day at three under par:
Justin Ray @JustinRayGC
What course was this dude playing? @BrandtSnedeker: 69, -3 today Rest of field: 78.1 scoring average, combined +3771/31/2016, 10:16:35 PM
After carding a bogey on No. 1, Snedeker played the rest of the front nine clean before scoring four birdies on the back nine's first five holes.
Snedeker was particularly proficient with his putter. According to Ray, no other player on the course Sunday could touch Snedeker's efficiency on the greens:
Justin Ray @JustinRayGC
On a day when the field is making only 80% of its putts inside 10 feet, @BrandtSnedeker went 14-for-14 from 10' and in.1/31/2016, 9:56:53 PM
"One of my best rounds on Tour, by far," Snedeker said, per GolfChannel.com's Ryan Lavner. "Under these conditions, to shoot anything under par or around par is a good round. To shoot 69 when you need to, really special."
Brandt Snedeker @BrandtSnedeker
Weather looks perfect to me outside!!1/31/2016, 10:22:52 PM
Unfortunately for Snedeker, the PGA's decision to move remaining final-round action to Monday should help Walker, K.J. Choi, Kevin Streelman and Freddie Jacobson tremendously.
According to AccuWeather.com, Monday's forecast in San Diego calls for a high of 61 degrees with winds around 17 miles per hour gusting to as high as 26 miles per hour. Compared to Sunday, that's positively blissful.
"I want them out there playing, since I had to play through this all day," Snedeker said, per Lavner. "I want them to be out there going through the misery that I had to go through."
Walker and Choi each completed 10 holes Sunday, with the leader posting a score of one over and Choi sitting at three over for the round. Streelman and Jacobson carded scores of one and two over par, respectively, and are both a shot back of Snedeker and Choi.
It will likely take a collapse from several members of that top-five pack for Snedeker to capture a title, but regardless, his perseverance in some of the toughest conditions the Tour will see all year could jump-start his quest for that ever-elusive first major championship.
Following a third-place effort at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and runner-up finish at the Sony Open, Snedeker's year has started in style. Consider the rest of the PGA Tour on notice as spring approaches.
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