Tom Watson was poised to make golf history and Tim Herron was playing for the biggest paycheck of his career. Unfortunately both will have to wait another day as torrential rain washed out Sunday's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Sheetlike rain driven by heavy winds wiped out play after three holes of the third round Sunday, forcing organizers to extend the tournament to Monday -- and perhaps even Tuesday. The tournament has been reduced to 54 holes.
Play is scheduled to resume Monday at 11 a.m. ET, but the weather forecast is ominous. Heavy rain is expected, with 20-30 mph winds and stronger gusts.
Watson, trying to win the title a record 20 years after his previous victory at the Pebble Beach tournament, looked to the dark skies and invoked the spirit of tournament founder Bing Crosby.
"C'mon Bing, wherever you are. Stop the rain," Watson said.
The AT&T tournament was washed out after two rounds in 1996, making it the first PGA Tour event that could not be completed since 1949.
It is the first PGA Tour event extended to Monday since the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, last June. If it goes beyond that, it would be the first tourney extended to Tuesday since the 1980 Tucson Open.
Tournament executive director Lou Russo said there's even the possibility of playing half a round Monday and half a round Tuesday.
"It's the main concern of the PGA Tour to get the official 54 holes n," Russo said. "We're going to give it every chance. It's just a normal winter storm, and it's a big one."
Even if the pros are able to play Monday or Tuesday, they won't be joined by amateur partners. The amateur portion of the tournament was canceled Sunday because of the weather.
Watson and Herron began play Sunday as co-leaders at 10-under 134. Watson bogeyed his second hole on the Poppy Hills course. Herron grabbed the lead with a birdie on his second hole at the Spyglass Hill course.
The tournament also is played on the Pebble Beach course, where Watson won the 1982 U.S. Open by chipping in from the rough on the 17th hole.
Herron is trying to win the $450,000 first prize, by far the biggest of his short career. Herron won $252,000 by capturing the Texas Open last year and won the $234,000 winner's check at the 1996 Honda Classic.
Despite brief periods of early sunshine Sunday, play was suspended about 1½ hours after tee-off. Rain was swept across the course by 22 mph winds that turned umbrellas inside out.
Water collected on the greens on each of the three courses, making them unplayable. Treetops were snapped by the wind on Spyglass Hill.
Watson and Herron began the third round with a one-shot lead over Tom Lehman, Phil Mickelson and Jay Haas. Tiger Woods finished the second round at 4-over 148, 14 strokes off the lead.
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