The good news is that this time next year, the PGA Tour playoffs will not be around to disturb the opening of the NFL season.
Good news is that we can watch football in peace, without wondering why Tiger Woods putts well only every other round.
Good news is that we won’t have to figure out whatever happened to Jordan Spieth.
Yes, there will be plenty of good news but unfortunately it all comes next year.
In the meantime, the PGA Tour got a Sunday lesson from the strongest force of all — Mother Nature.
The plan was to get the field out early Sunday for the final round of the BMW. Plan was to start at 7 a.m. Plan was to get in a lot of play before afternoon storms took over.
Well, the PGA Tour made plans and Mother Nature simply laughed.
There’s been enough rain at Aronimink the past three days to end the drought in a small third-world country. The place is soaked.
The field of 69 didn’t play one hole of golf on Sunday.
That’s not all the bad news. The Monday forecast is for more rain, all day, perhaps, and you don’t have to be a professional meteorologist to figure out what that means.
There will be no play at Bushwood today.
There may well be no play at Aronimink either.
Which brings us to the stark realization of what possibly might transpire if the PGA Tour has to call this one 54 and done.
Let’s consider the implications.
First, Justin Rose would be declared the winner. thanks to that 64 he shot on Saturday, 29 of those shots came on the front nine.
Second, with the win, Rose would take over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, evicting Dustin Johnson. It would mark the first time in his career that Rose accomplished that. He would move from No. 3 to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup race, behind Bryson DeChambeau.
Third, Jim Furyk was supposed to announce the 12th man for the U.S. Ryder Cup team on Monday morning. That probably won’t happen, which leads to the fourth implication — the great Xander vs. Tony debate as in Schauffele vs. Finau for that 12th and final Ryder Cup spot.
Finau is currently tied for 15th at 11-under par. If they call it, he’d finish in that important fifth spot going to East Lake, which means he can win the FedEx Cup with a win in the Tour Championship.
Schauffele, is a shot behind Rose at 16-under with a shot at winning. A BMW win would probably put Schauffele into that 12th Ryder Cup spot.
Then there’s the struggling Jordan Spieth.
If this tournament is called after 54 — Jordy is totally screwed.
He’s six-under for three rounds, tied for 39th and guess what? He’s in the totally bad news 31st spot in the FedEx Cup. No soup for you Jordy and no trip to East Lake either.
So there are the tour officials, huddled and most likely dropping a few prayers.
Slugger White, the tour’s head honcho for rules and competitions put it this way:
“We’re just going to do the best we can and hopefully we can play.”
Mother Nature gave them a bit of a break and they got off and running early Monday morning in sloggy conditions, lift-clean-and hope.
By noon, they were sloshing away, rain falling with Rose, Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley getting to the 18-under mark through nine with Webb Simpson and Schauffele a shot back and contending. Tiger Woods, after going four-under on the front nine, was two back with seven to play.
A wet shoot-out, for sure.