RBC Heritage Headed For Monday Finish Because PGA Tour Can’t Help But Screw Up

It’s almost like the PGA Tour wants players to hate them. They can’t help but screw up at every turn and that continued over the weekend. One week after the Masters, the PGA Tour designated the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, as a signature event.

That meant that all the best players on the Tour, including Masters champion Scottie Scheffer, had to play the week following the biggest golf tournament in the world. In theory, it makes sense because players like to skip the event immediately proceeding major tournaments.

Scottie Scheffler had a ho-hum start to his week, predictably coming off a bit of a Masters hangover. But, as he almost always does, Scheffler showed up on Saturday and shot a 63 to jump into the lead at the RBC Heritage heading into the final round. Then, as he frequently does, Scheffler hit a ridiculous shot that put him in position to win a fourth tournament in his last five starts.

With a two-shot lead heading into the par-5 second hole, Scheffler sent his second shot over the green. That seemed like great news for everyone else because Scheffler making par on a par-5 is practically a bogey for him.

Except, Scheffler didn’t make par. He didn’t even make birdie. No, Scheffler holed out from behind the green to give himself a four-shot lead.

A four-shot lead on a Sunday by Scheffler is practically a foregone conclusion. There’s really only one thing that could stop him from winning on Sunday: rain.

Yes, because the PGA Tour apparently doesn’t have any access to weather reports, they made no changes to their tee times for Sunday. Instead of sending players out in threesomes, or sending some players off the back of the course to make sure they got the final round in Sunday, the PGA Tour did nothing.

Then, the inevitable happened. A storm rolled through Hilton Head, halting play around 4:30 p.m. Initially, the PGA Tour Communications department announced that the tournament would resume at 6 p.m. Spoiler alert: it did not.

Coming fresh off the Masters, the PGA Tour managed to – once again – screw up. Now, the players are headed for a Monday finish. That’s terrible for players, who are likely looking forward to getting home after Masters week, but it’s also terrible for fans.

It’s like the PGA Tour actively wants to irritate both players and fans and dare them to go watch LIV Golf instead.

This is what happens when an entity has a monopoly – which the PGA Tour had on professional golf for a long time – and then competition enters the marketplace.

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