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Rain delays start of US PGA final round

Updated: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 08:11 | Comments

Rain pushed back tee times on the final day
Rain pushed back tee times on the final day

Heavy rain delayed play in the final round of the US PGA Championship on Sunday.

With the course already saturated, a torrential downpour saw play suspended at 12:53pm local time , more than two hours before the final pair of Rory McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger were due to tee off.

Officials then announced play would resume at 2.40pm (7.40 Irish time), a delay of just under two hours, with nine minutes between start times rather than 10.

That meant the final group were scheduled to tee off at 4.40pm, giving them a chance to complete all 18 holes on Sunday.

Open champion McIlroy held a one-shot lead over Wiesberger as he looked to win his second major in four weeks - the fourth of his career - and a third win in succession. 

Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday, McIlroy had said: "There's not much you can do about this weather, you just have to wait it out and hopefully we will get the chance to get out there and play.

"This course has taken a soaking this week and it has been another big downpour. Hopefully it will dry out quickly and we get to play some golf today."

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