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Old 08-21-2019, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by araytx View Post
I also see the reason to have that Sunday as a "buffer day" in case of bad weather late in the event causing the players to not be able to complete it. They can let them know early enough that e'll make up the round we're behind on Sunday. There were several tournaments the first year the pros went the three rounds, 1-a-day, that ended up getting truncated due to the schedule of the last round on Sunday, negating any possibility of making it up.
Sunday would need to be designated as a make up/over-run date well in advance of the event in order to get away with it. It's not something that can be announced on Friday that the tournament will finish on Sunday. Particularly if it's a tournament with a lot of people in from out of town using hotels, campgrounds, etc...people need to know whether they need to book an extra night just in case.

As for the tournaments that had cancelled final rounds, the first was USDGC in 2016, a tournament that ended on a Saturday. The third was GBO, which also was scheduled to end on a Saturday. Only the Nick Hyde was scheduled to end on Sunday and had the final round cancelled.

In both the USDGC and GBO's case, the question of finishing the tournament on Sunday was broached, but ultimately discarded because people were planning to get out of town and weren't prepared to extend hotel stays or re-arrange flights just to finish the event. Of course, in USDGC's case, even if the players wanted to stay, many of the local hotels were booked out for storm evacuees so there was no chance for anyone to extend their stay.

I really don't think the opportunity to run over into Sunday is among the primary reasons that tournaments are ending on Saturday.
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