DUBLIN, Ohio -- Weather that continues to plague the Presidents Cup could result in the competition not seeing every match played at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Tournament regulations stipulate that the 34-match event does not go beyond Monday. Any match not completed by sundown Monday would be voided, and the results to that point would determine the winner.
Inclement weather caused a 90-minute delay Thursday, a 2-hour, 34-minute delay Friday and another 76-minute delay on Saturday, meaning the afternoon foursomes session was not scheduled to be completed until Sunday morning.
The Americans held a 10½-6½ lead Saturday afternoon after winning four of the five fourball matches. Half the points in the competition are still to be decided, including 12 singles matches.
"If we don't finish by sunset on Monday, then the team with the most points at that point would be declared the winner," said Steve Carman, the PGA Tour's tournament director for the event. "There is no provision to reduce the number of matches, although if we don't have 34 matches in by the end of the day on Monday, it's reduced."
The tentative plan was to complete the foursomes matches on Sunday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. U.S. captain Fred Couples and International counterpart Nick Price would announce their singles lineups at 8 a.m., with singles set to commence around 9 a.m., depending on the completion of the foursomes matches.
However, Sunday's forecast calls for more rain, leading to the possibility of a Monday finish.
"I know we are going to be out here early tomorrow morning; that's a given," Couples said. "It will be another 5 a.m. bus ride for all 24 guys."
Saturday was a long day, as all four foursomes matches from Friday had to be completed, followed by the five fourball matches (two players from each side sat out). Rain halted that session before any matches were completed, meaning the second session of the day, foursomes, would be unable to conclude.
This is the 10th Presidents Cup, and each of the previous nine finished on Sunday, although the event 10 years ago in South Africa was halted by darkness after the teams tied and a sudden-death playoff between Woods and Ernie Els went three holes without a winner. Afterward, captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to share the Cup.
Now, the rules allow for the competition to be tied, but all singles matches are to be played past the 18th hole to avoid ties if the outcome is in doubt.