Rain a pain for the PGA

KEN FIDLIN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

On Day 5 of Survivor: Ponte Vedra Beach, 62 bedraggled golfers were voted off the island green.

They were the lucky ones.

The rest must keep on battling the elements today -- and possibly tomorrow -- until somebody wins The Players Championship.

Not since the Tucson Open of 1980 has there been a tournament that finished on a Tuesday, but this supposed fifth major could very well be headed for that kind of conclusion.

In four days, this prestigious field has completed as few as 40 holes and as many as 47 because of a steady wave of electrical storms. PGA Tour officials hope to be able to take advantage of a break in the weather today to make one mad dash for the finish line, but if there are any glitches, a Tuesday finish is probably in the cards.

That won't bother either Joe Durant or Luke Donald, who have each finished 40 holes at 11 under par to sit atop the leaderboard.

They are followed by Adam Scott, Tim Herron, Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood, all at 10 under.

Of the prominent players in the top five of the world rankings, only Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson are in obvious contention at seven under.

Ernie Els is at four under, while Tiger Woods came within a shot of missing the 36-hole cut that would have snapped his consecutive-cuts streak at 140. He is at two under after three holes of the third round.

Canadian Mike Weir surged up the leaderboard in the early going of the third round and sits at six under par, five strokes behind the leaders. He birdied four of the seven holes he completed and was left with a tap-in for par at the island green 17th when play was suspended at 2:30 p.m.

"It's such a great event, and it's a shame it has been spoiled by rain," Scott said.

Calgary's Stephen Ames shot 74 in the second round and missed the cut by three shots.

First-round leader Steve Jones struggled to a second-round 77 and sits at four under par.

Play was scheduled to resume at 7:15 this morning, but overnight rain could delay that start until the course is in shape.

"If we can start at 7:15, I think we can get the last two rounds in by nightfall," tournament director Mark Russell said. "I think we need to play all the golf we can play, and if that means finishing (today) that would be great."


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