UPDATE: Play resumed at 2:25 p.m.
The radar indicates a thunderstorm cell developing in Downtown Atlanta, causing lightning strikes within five miles of the golf course. The Atlanta-area has had a wet summer, already getting more than six inches of rain this month, as noted on Golf Channel’s broadcast.
It doesn’t appear to have started raining at the golf course yet, but the proximity of the lightning strikes is for too close for PGA Tour officials to allow play to continue.
However, the tour reopened the driving range around 2 p.m. and resumed play at 2:25 p.m. as the first storm slid to the south of the golf course.
The leaders had yet to tee off for the third round. Sunset is 8:05 p.m. tonight.
The total delay will be 58 minutes and players who have yet to tee off will have their tee times adjusted by one hour.
The tour made the controversial decision to play lift-clean-and-place for the first two rounds due to the aforementioned, but the course had dried out enough to allow players to play the ball down. If there is another delay and rain does fall on the golf course, the ball would continue to be played down until the completion of the round.
The tournament could have issues with weather for the remainder of the afternoon as the National Weather Service is expecting a 30 percent chance of a thunderstorm for the rest of the day, with that chance being mainly after 3 p.m.. Any chance for rain or a thunderstorm is expected to go down significantly by about 7 p.m. Saturday.
The forecast for Sunday also calls for a 30 percent Thunderstorms around 3 p.m., as is typical for Georgia this time of year.