Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, tied for lead in Northern Trust, have extra day to prepare for final round


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Tropical Storm Henri being monitored by PGA TOUR 22 August, 2021 - 03:11am

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PGA TOUR officials plan to continue play at THE NORTHERN TRUST on Saturday at Liberty National in New Jersey but they are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Henri in relation to Sunday’s scheduled final round.

With the National Hurricane Center issuing a hurricane watch for the Northeast United States on Friday morning, TOUR officials will have contingency plans in place for the completion of the opening FedExCup Playoff event.

“Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Henri is expected to become a hurricane by Saturday and be at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall in southern New England,” the NHC said in a statement.

The TOUR said a Monday finish is an option with the current forecasts.

“We are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Henri and its potential impacts on THE NORTHERN TRUST. There is no impact from the storm on Saturday’s forecast, and therefore play will be as scheduled in twosomes from the 1st tee with a 6 p.m. scheduled local finish time,” the PGA TOUR said via statement.

“We will evaluate the track of Henri throughout the day tomorrow and expect to issue the plan and schedule for the final round by late afternoon Saturday. Henri is not currently predicted to have any effect on the forecast for Monday. Depending on the forecasted track of the storm, it is possible that the final round may be rescheduled for Monday.”

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Smith shoots 60, ties Rahm for lead at Northern Trust event

Sportstar 21 August, 2021 - 09:59pm

Rahm fired a second consecutive 67 despite a double-bogey on the par-5 13th. He finished with seven birdies against a bogey on the 16th.   -  AP

Cameron Smith fired the low round of the day Saturday with an 11-under 60 to vault up the leaderboard and into a tie for first with Spain's Jon Rahm at The Northern Trust in Jersey City.

Smith was a birdie putt away from shooting 59. The Australian played bogey-free golf while carding 11 birdies to vault 24 spots up the leaderboard heading into Monday's final round.

Rahm fired a second consecutive 67 despite a double-bogey on the par-5 13th. He finished with seven birdies against a bogey on the 16th.

Erik van Rooyen of South Africa sits alone in third at 15 under after a scorching 62. He bogeyed his first hole before going on a tear, recording 10 birdies the rest of the round.

Justin Thomas (67) and Tony Finau (68) are tied for fourth two shots back at 14 under.

Norway's Viktor Hovland (65), Tom Hoge (67) and Ireland's Shane Lowry are within striking distance three shots back of the leaders, tied for sixth. Lowry also vaulted up the leaderboard on moving day, jumping 30 spots after shooting 62. He had an eagle on the par-5 sixth.

Harold Varner III (68) and Canada's Corey Conners (62) sit in a tie for ninth at 12 under, four shots back. Smith missed a 12-foot birdie try on No. 18 in his bid for a 59.

"I hit a pretty (good) putt, good speed and I mean, looking back at, it I don't know how I read it to go that way but it is what it is," Smith said.

Smith said he started thinking about 59 after his birdie on No. 14.

"I think I was 9-under then and yeah, just wanted to press on and wanted to see what I could do," Smith said. "Obviously in a great spot, and the last -- that last four or five holes here are pretty tough, so I knew it was going to be a big ask. But yeah, I played some really good golf coming in."

Rahm remained positive despite ending up in the water on the double-bogey.

"But from that bad break, all I kept thinking was it's a good swing, there's plenty of birdie opportunities, let's get it going," Rahm said.

"And then at the same time got two good breaks on the tee shots on 17 and 18. One of those two could have ended up in the bunker and they didn't and I ended up having an easy tap-in birdie and a really good look for birdie on 18. At the end of the day, things seemed to balance out."

The final round will be contested on Monday with respect to the projected path of Hurricane Henri, the PGA Tour announced Saturday.

The system was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane as of Saturday morning. It is forecast to make landfall on Sunday approximately 60 miles east of Liberty National in Jersey City., the site of the tournament.

"Based on the projected path of Tropical Storm Henri and the Tropical Storm Warning that has been issued by the National Hurricane Center for the area where The Northern Trust is located, there will be no play on Sunday, August 22nd," the PGA Tour said in a statement.

"Round 4 will be played on Monday, August 23rd. Tee times and groupings for Round 4 will be published on Sunday afternoon, with play on Monday slated to begin no earlier than 7:30 a.m."

The PGA Tour bylaws stipulate that all efforts should be made to play 72 holes.

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