“We made it very clear the past week that (Wednesday's) round could be the round,” Bays said. “Everyone knew that going in. And we had great weather Wednesday with just a little wind.”
Bylaws request the top 10 places be determined on the course, which is why a handful of golfers wore stocking caps and gloves late Thursday morning. The last of four playoff groups played three holes, approximately 45 minutes.
Another factor to canceling the final round is all 75 players would have to finish for the round to be official. If they delayed play too many times throughout the day, no score would be counted even if someone finished 18 holes if others couldn't complete their rounds.
The average round on Wednesday took four hours, 45 minutes. In poor conditions rounds, easily would exceed five hours.
“If you ended up pulling them off, then putting them back on, you could run into a darkness issue,” Bays said. “You'd hate to spend seven or eight hours trying to get it in and then it wouldn't even count.”