The weather was good again during the Barbasol championship on Saturday.
The PGA Tour’s annual stop in central Kentucky experienced its third weather delay in as many days when torrential rains and thunderstorms rolled through Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville.
This follows a pair of delays in Friday’s second round for morning fog and afternoon storms.
Those two delays meant many players had to finish their second round on Saturday morning, before the third started around 12:20 p.m.
Third-round play had been underway for about 90 minutes when a weather delay of more than five hours began at 1:52 p.m.
More than two and a half inches of rain fell during the delay, which lasted until 7:20 p.m.
While the 83 golfers who made the cut were able to start their third round on Saturday, none were able to finish.
It means a marathon day of golf is ahead to determine the winner of the Barbasol Championship, the $666,000 recipient and the man who will earn a place in the 150th Open Championship in Scotland next week.
Here’s what the top five (with ties) in the Barbasol Championship standings looked like when play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday night, as well as where each golfer is on their third round.
▪ Max McGreevy at 17 under through three holes.
▪ Matti Schmid at 16 under through three holes.
▪ Adam Svensson at 16 under through three holes.
▪ Ricardo Gouveia at 15 under through three holes.
▪ Sean O’Hair at 14 under through four holes.
▪ Kevin Strelman at 14 under through four holes.
▪ Trey Mullinax at 14 under through three holes.
Round three features a hole-in-one
Although no golfer was able to complete their third round at the Barbasol Championship, a historic moment still occurred.
Scott Brown hit the 16th hole for 191 yards with a 7-iron on his third round.
It was Brown’s seventh hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.
It’s good for the third record (since 1983) behind Robert Allenby (10 holes in one), Hal Sutton (10) and six players tied with seven.
Six players with direct Kentucky ties participated in this year’s edition of the Barbasol Championship, but only three made the 36-hole, 5-under-par cut: Matti Schmid, Josh Teater and Stephen Stallings Jr.
Rising star Schmid closes in on decisive win
Former University of Louisville golfer Matti Schmid could be the story of the weekend at Barbasol.
Schmid was tied for the lead after two rounds in Nicholasville, shooting 65 (7 under) in his first round and 63 (9 under) in the second.
Schmid is one shot behind Max McGreevy for the tournament lead. Schmid is even tied for his third round in three holes.
Increasingly well-known on the international golf circuit, Schmid played in Louisville from 2017 to 2021.
“It’s great for me to still see him. I’ve got a lot of guys coming out, Louisville fans,” Schmid said of his return to Kentucky. “It’s great to be back. “
He was the small amateur in the 2021 Open Championship and won Rookie of the Year honors on the DP World Tour (also known as the European Tour) last year.
What did Schmid retain from his time with the Cardinals?
“The best thing about it was we had a great team of 10 guys who all had the same dream of trying to get better every day,” Schmid said. “I think it’s great to be part of such a great environment.”
Schmid has already been in a similar position this year as well. He led May’s Soudal Open in Belgium after 36 holes, but then went over par in the third and fourth rounds.
Schmid finished that event tied for 29th.
“I think I got into a lot of good positions this year over the weekend and I think I learned a lot (from) those already,” Schmid said. “I think I have a good chance this week to capitalize on those experiences.”
Crowd Favorite Teater
A former Henry Clay High School and Morehead State standout, Teater posted a pair of 68s (4 under) in rounds one and two to finish his first 36 holes at 8 under.
Teater is 7 under for the tournament and 1 over 11 holes in his third round.
Teater finished tied for 15th at last year’s event.
Before the Barbasol, Teater also found time to help promote a local business.
Teater shot a commercial for Setzer Properties, a Lexington-based national real estate investment and development company established in 1989.
In the commercial, which is nearly three minutes long, Teater tries to coexist with a talking golf bag. “I got a phone call that said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna have a talking bag and you’re just gonna get annoyed,'” Teater explained of the ad’s concept. “I spent about eight or nine hours with them one day and we shot all the different scenes. They added the talking bag later and it was pretty funny when it came along.
Stallings Jr. secures UK presence
A former St. Xavier High School and University of Kentucky golfer, Stallings completed his first 36 holes at Keene Trace right on the 5-under cut line.
Stallings is 6 under for the tournament and 1 under over four holes in his third round.
Stallings is already used to playing golf under high pressure in Commonwelath: he won the Kentucky State High School title in 2011.