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For the first time in 17 years – The Player Championship is stretching into Monday. Rain delays pushed back to play – and forced the tournament into an extra day for the eighth time in its history. There are a few things fans need to know before they go.

Monday’s Visitor Guide:

Organizers announced that any tournament round ticket from this year’s tournament can be used to get in on Monday. You also won’t have to pay for parking in the general lot – with TPC making those spots complimentary for Monday – as long as you have a pass between Thursday and Sunday to show.

It’s important to note that tickets won’t be sold for Monday’s round – so, you’ll want to find a pass from one of the first four days – in order to get in.

Again, all this was because of that heavy rain that was dumped on us Thursday and Friday.

Thursday saw a four-hour delay Thursday – which led to a shortened opening round.

Then, Friday’s weather hit even harder – and play was suspended at 11:15 a.m. and couldn’t resume because there was too much water collected on the course.

The course has absorbed roughly three inches of rain over the last two days.

These delays do have a ripple effect as well. Two years ago, the pandemic caused the final three rounds of The Players to be canceled.

The bad weather this year has led to around 20 restaurant vendors losing revenue.

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Tom Hoge (-8, T2):

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner leads the field in strokes gained tee to green and along with Varner III and Sam Burns, and he has the most holes in front of him. He’s not a household name, but Hoge has been really good all year, doesn’t seem to get rattled at all, and has the statistical profile of somebody who’s about to go out and win this tournament.

Sam Burns (-7, T4):

Of the players at the top, he has a gear I’m not sure the rest of them possess. His tee to green play has lacked, and that showed late on Sunday with a few leaky drives. But if he’s on his game Monday morning, he can absolutely get to 11 under or 12 under and win this thing.

Cameron Smith (-7, T4):

He’s been so fun to watch once again, but the statistical profile is concerning. He’s been doing most of his work with the putter, which could last but probably won’t. Still, I think his firepower is up there with Burns, and I trust him to hit smart shots and not lose his head.

Paul Casey (-7, T4):

Do I trust him in a big spot with this tournament on the line? I’m not sure. Good player and his iron play has been exquisite, but with the chips down late on No. 17 and No. 18, he’s not necessarily the guy I want hitting the shots.

Harold Varner III (-8, T2):

It’s a bit of the same question with Varner III for me as it was with Casey. He seems allergic to leads at times. While he has a nice win at the Saudi International under his belt earlier this year, closing that out on a 90-foot eagle putt is a bit different than trying to steer home a Players with $3.6 million on the line when you’re staring at all that water on Nos. 17-18 on Monday afternoon. It would be pretty awesome to see him win, however, given his popularity and how well he’s been playing of late.

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Erik van Rooyen (-5, T11):

He’s currently second in this field from tee to green and hasn’t made much of anything. Like most of the golfers in this top 10, this would be the biggest win of his life. He’ll start on the back nine on Monday morning and play it twice. He only has one bogey on that side of the course all week.

Daniel Berger (-6, T7):

He’s the biggest name and the best player within three of Lahiri. He got the wrong side of the draw, unfortunately, and his ball-striking has not been stellar. He’s kind of hanging around and is certainly capable of getting hot enough to win this thing, but it’s not something I’m expecting to happen on Monday afternoon.

Francesco Molinari (-6, T7):

Molinari has just four top 10s in the last three years, so I’m not sure anybody saw this coming, but he’s been awesome this week and especially in Round 3 (5 under 15 holes). Molinari is the only major championship winner in the current top 10 on this leaderboard.

Tommy Fleetwood (-5, T11):

I love the way he’s hitting it this week, and he’s crushed at this golf course. Like a lot of the players on this board, this would be his first PGA Tour win, which would be a pretty wild feat to accomplish at The Players.

Justin Thomas (-4, T18):

I can’t quit him. He came out firing early in Round 3, but a double bogey-bogey stretch late on his front nine cost him. Still, he came back from eight down with 36 to go last year, so five down with 25 or so to go isn’t going to intimidate him. Thomas’ iron play has been awesome, but he needs a little more consistency off the tee (and obviously, he’ll have to hole everything he looks at).

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