The planned Sunday finish to the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has turned into a race against daylight on the Monterey peninsula as the threat of a Monday finale looms.
The start of final-round play at Pebble Beach Golf Links was pushed back an hour at the start of the morning because of poor playing conditions. However, play was then halted again at 10:53 a.m. Pacific time when torrential rain and simultaneous hail left the course drenched and unplayable. The final pairing of Phil Mickelson and 54-hole leader Paul Casey (and Casey’s pro-am partner) were held up on the first tee with the ongoing clean up of hail off putting surfaces.
Play is set to pick up at 1 p.m. Pacific, giving the players on the course a total of 5 hours to play Pebble Beach and complete the tournament. This means the final hours of Sunday tournament coverage will not be on CBS, which broadcasts the Grammys tonight from Los Angeles. After 6 or 6:30 p.m. Eastern, CBS will shift away from PGA Tour golf and hand off to Golf Channel, who will take the tournament as far as it goes on Sunday — hopefully to its ultimate conclusion.
It’s not unprecedented for this tournament to extend beyond a Sunday finish. When Phil Mickelson first won this tournament in 1998, the final round of the tournament was pushed from its February date to August because it wasn’t possible to complete the event in reasonable time. In 1996, weekend rains and poor weather prevented the tournament from ever finishing, and it was scrapped as an official event.