There's less than a week left in the 2013 PGA Tour season, but it's only fitting that the final week is held up by inclement weather. It's been one of the more brutal weather seasons in PGA Tour history, starting right out of the gate in Maui where persistent high winds forced a truncated, 54-hole tournament that ended on a Tuesday. In between that week and this last hiccup at the BMW Championship, there has been high-wind, lighting, monsoon rains and snow forcing switched-around tournament schedules and a series of Monday finishes.
With the $10 million FedExCup and TOUR Championship grand prize on deck this week, PGA Tour officials did everything they could on Sunday at Conway Farms to try and sneak in the final 18 holes of the BMW Championship. Rain persisted throughout the morning and afternoon, however, making the conditions unplayable later in the day after several delays and attempted restarts.
The first two legs of the FedExCup, The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, dealt with significant rain delays but still managed to get in under the wire and finish on schedule. There was no hope of that in Chicago on Sunday so they will restart 42 players already out on the course at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. local) and begin rolling 10-minute tee times for the last 11 groups of leaders at that same time.
There have been some instances this year where the PGA Tour bowed to the wishes of their network partners and restarted play for a Monday finish late in the morning or even early afternoon. The Monday restart at Torrey Pines way back in the first month of the season did not finish until early evening in the eastern U.S. as CBS carried the Tiger Woods march to victory with more exposure late in the day.
There will be no such attempt on Monday at Conway Farms, however, due to more scattered storms expected. Golf Channel will come on the air at 10 a.m. ET, just an hour after the scheduled restart so the entire final round of the leaders should be covered throughout the day on Monday. It helps that Golf Channel and NBC, which was scheduled to carry the Sunday conclusion, both fall under the Comcast umbrella so the sister network will pick things right up on Monday. The two networks use the same streaming service, LiveExtra, which will have a simulcast of the broadcast up and running at 10 a.m.
Here are your media options for the Monday finish:
Monday's final round restart coverage
10 a.m. ET to conclusion of play (estimated around 4 p.m. if no more weather delays) -- Golf Channel
10 a.m. -- conclusion -- Golf Channel/NBC simulcast stream
10 a.m. -- conclusion -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM