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Monday finish on tap at Cognizant Classic with Austin Eckroat leading by 1

March 03, 2024

Mike Ehrmann

Weather has wreaked havoc at another PGA Tour event this year. This time, however, a champion will not be crowned until Monday for the first time in 2024.

Play was originally suspended at 12:50 p.m. ET Sunday at the Cognizant Classic because of inclement weather at PGA National. Just after 3 p.m. the PGA Tour opened the range for players to begin to warmup and play didn't resume until 4:20 p.m. Officials said that 1.72 inches of rain fell during the delay.

Erik van Rooyen went out early, birdied his first six holes and shot 28 on the front to improve 30 positions and take the lead. He was 162 yards out on the par-4 12th hole when play was suspended and sat at 14 under par, a shot ahead of Shane Lowry, David Skinns and Austin Eckroat, none of whom had even started their final rounds.

When the round resumed van Rooyen was no longer the same player. He bogeyed the par-3 15th hole, rebounded with a birdie on the par-3 17th hole then failed to birdie the easy par-5 closing hole. He shot eight-under 63 and is a shot behind Eckroat, who has 11 holes remaining on Monday.

Lowry is one over on the sixth hole and is tied for fourth place. Skinns is two over and has dropped into an eighth-place tie. Eckroat birdied the fourth and fifth holes to lead by one shot and will be standing on the eighth tee Monday at 8 a.m. when the round continues.

"I don't really know if I've had a situation like this where I've had the lead over however many holes we've played, 63 holes," said Eckroat, a 25-year-old who played college golf at Oklahoma State. "I don't think I've ever been in this situation."

This marks the first Monday finish on the PGA Tour since the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This year's Pebble Beach event was shortened to 54 holes because of bad weather and Wyndham Clark was declared the winner. The last time this event—formerly known as the Honda Classic—finished on Monday was in 2015 when Padraig Harrington won.