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Weather forces Cognizant Classic into Monday finish

Final round to conclude on Monday for first time since 2015
Spectators leave Cognizant Classic after play suspended because of rain, March 3, 2024
Posted at 1:16 PM, Mar 03, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-04 00:58:07-05

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Play resumed late Sunday afternoon at the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches after the final round was disrupted for several hours because of inclement weather.

The final round of the tournament was suspended for 3 hours and 30 minutes, forcing a Monday finish.

It will be the first time the tournament — formerly known as the Honda Classic — has concluded on a Monday since 2015.

By the time play resumed at 4:19 p.m., many spectators had already headed for the exits after being asked to leave by PGA National, citing safety concerns.

"Please note that temporary structures are not intended to provide safe shelter in the case of threatening weather such as lightning and severe winds," a Cognizant Classic news release said. "All gates will remain closed to re-entry until play resumes and tournament officials determine it is safe for spectators to return to the tournament grounds."

Tickets and parking are non-refundable.

Erik van Rooyen hits from ninth tee during final round of Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches golf tournament, March 3, 2024
Erik van Rooyen hits from the ninth tee during the final round of the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches golf tournament, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Austin Eckroat had a one-stroke lead on Erik van Rooyen when Sunday's play was halted for the day at 6:23 p.m. Van Rooyen shot a 63 and Eckroat finished seven holes.

At the time of Sunday's suspension, six pairings had yet to begin the final round.

Monday's coverage will be televised on the Golf Channel and simulcast on Peacock, starting at 8 a.m.

The main gate and PGA National Resort gate will open at 7:45 a.m., the only ones open Monday.

Because all parking lots will be closed, "fans returning to the tournament for Monday's final round are encouraged to utilize rideshare," according to a news release.

Previously a ticketed venue, the Bear Trap will be open to all fans.