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PGA Tour to play Saturday as Northeast braces for potential hurricane

August 20, 2021

Jared C. Tilton

The PGA Tour announced Friday afternoon that play will continue at the Northern Trust Saturday as the East Coast braces for a potential hurricane. Sunday, however, may be a different story.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for the Northeast Friday morning, with Tropical Storm Henri likely to develop into a hurricane. “Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Henri is expected to become a hurricane by Saturday and be at or near hurricane strength when it makes landfall in southern New England,” the center said in a statement.

For now, the tour doesn’t expect Saturday's round at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. to be impacted, yet in its statement said it is possible Sunday’s final round may be moved to Monday.

“We are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Henri and its potential impacts on the Northern Trust," the tour said in a statement. "There is no impact from the storm on Saturday’s forecast, and therefore play will be as scheduled in twosomes from the 1st tee with a 6 pm scheduled local finish time. We will evaluate the track of Henri throughout the day tomorrow and expect to issue the plan and schedule for the final round by late afternoon Saturday. Henri is not currently predicted to have any effect on the forecast for Monday. Depending on the forecasted track of the storm, it is possible that the final round may be rescheduled for Monday."

Some of the forecasts call for winds up to 75 mph, five inches of rainfall and a storm surge of three-to-five feet come Monday. The storm-force winds could reach the area as soon as late Saturday.