2022 Players Championship: No Sunday finish, but could this end on Tuesday?

Tournament referee Gary Young outlined the scenarios they are faced with at the 2022 Players Championship. 

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Sat, 12 Mar 2022
2022 Players Championship: No Sunday finish, but could this end on Tuesday?

The 2022 Players Championship is playing catch up. 

After two rain-soaked days at TPC Sawgrass, this is where things stand: a Sunday finish is off the table. 

Therefore, we are going into Monday with the possibility that this thing could all bleed into Tuesday. Scenes. 

At the time of writing, 47 players were yet to complete their opening round. Spare a thought for Doug Ghim, Matthew NeSmith, Emiliano Grillo and Brendan Steele who all have a lot of golf to play. 

Gary Young, the chief referee of the Players Championship, made an announcement on Friday that play would start no sooner than 11am on Saturday. 

Then what? Apparently it will be business as usual from there. 

Although when asked about a Tuesday finish, Young said: "The potential is there. The potential, but let's hope not. I think everything that we're looking at, we feel very confident that we can finish this tournament by Monday." 

Is this just bad luck, or does having The Players in March expose this risk?

"Highly, highly unusual to have this pattern for this prolonged period this time of year, looking back at the historical data on it," Young said.

"I would say at this point it's just bad luck."

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It never rains, it pours. How will this affect the players, then? 

Some players are fortunate enough to be able to chill at home. Florida resident Justin Thomas posted a picture of him hugging his dog Frank. 

Max Homa put his feet up and ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

Rory McIlroy got to spend time with his daughter Poppy. 

And we presume Tommy Fleetwood was hiding from his wife Clare, after he shaved off that beard that she loved so dearly. We kid, Tommy. 

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