Big changes on Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard

NORTON – As you might expect, with a soft golf course and lift, clean, and place rules in effect, there’s been a massive change to the leader board at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Jason Dufner, who won his first major at the PGA Championship three weeks ago, has jumped into the lead at TPC Boston, making six birdies over his first 10 holes to edge in front of Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.

Dufner shot 31 on the front nine to pull into a tie for the lead at 15 under, then added another birdie at the 10th to claim it for himself. Dufner tied for second here in 2009.

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Graham DeLaet is making a similar move up the leader board. He’s 8 under on his round, and tied with Stenson, Garcia, and Roberto Castro.

12:20 p.m.: After taking a mulligan, third-round play at the Deutsche Bank Championship is underway at TPC Boston.

Play resumed at 12:15 p.m., with threesomes going off Nos. 1 and 10. The final group of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Roberto Castro is scheduled to tee off at 2:15 p.m.

Only six groups initially started their third rounds this morning before play was halted at 8:46 a.m. because of weather. The PGA Tour then made the decision to cancel anything that had taken place, re-pair the field, use a split-tee start, and implement life, clean, and place rules.

10:30 a.m.: Third-round play at the Deutsche Bank Championship has been suspended since 8:45 this morning, but anything that has taken place on the course so far has been wiped out, due to pairings changes the PGA Tour just announced.

Six twosomes were on the course at TPC Boston when play was suspended. When play resumes today – if play resumes – the field of 76 will be sent out in threesomes, not twosomes, and a split-tee start will be used, sending groups off Nos. 1 and 10. The tour set a restart time of noon, but it continues to rain here, with thunder occasionally rumbling through. It might be a while before the weather cooperates, and the course maintenance staff will also need some time to get the course playable.

The tour also announced that lift, clean, and place rules will be in effect for the third round, allowing players to give themselves preferred lies in the fairways.

“Hopefully it’s going to get better this afternoon,” said Mark Russell, the tour’s vice president of rules and competitions. “It’s just an unfortunate situation, but actually we’ve been extremely fortunate, because we’ve had some really nasty weather just north of here. If that had gotten us I don’t know if we could have played at all today. But hopefully it’s going to clear up.”

Play resumed at 12:15 p.m., with threesomes going off Nos. 1 and 10. The final group of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Roberto Castro is scheduled to tee off at 2:15 p.m.

Only six groups initially started their third rounds this morning before play was halted at 8:46 a.m. because of weather. The PGA Tour then made the decision to cancel anything that had taken place, re-pair the field, use a split-tee start, and implement life, clean, and place rules.

10:30 a.m.: Third-round play at the Deutsche Bank Championship has been suspended since 8:45 this morning, but anything that has taken place on the course so far has been wiped out, due to pairings changes the PGA Tour just announced.

Six twosomes were on the course at TPC Boston when play was suspended. When play resumes today – if play resumes – the field of 76 will be sent out in threesomes, not twosomes, and a split-tee start will be used, sending groups off Nos. 1 and 10. The tour set a restart time of noon, but it continues to rain here, with thunder occasionally rumbling through. It might be a while before the weather cooperates, and the course maintenance staff will also need some time to get the course playable.

The tour also announced that lift, clean, and place rules will be in effect for the third round, allowing players to give themselves preferred lies in the fairways.

“Hopefully it’s going to get better this afternoon,” said Mark Russell, the tour’s vice president of rules and competitions. “It’s just an unfortunate situation, but actually we’ve been extremely fortunate, because we’ve had some really nasty weather just north of here. If that had gotten us I don’t know if we could have played at all today. But hopefully it’s going to clear up.”