After a lengthy weather delay for the second time in three days Saturday, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans could be in line for a Monday finish for the first time since 2004.

After completing the second round Saturday morning, the 82 golfers who made the cut started the third round at noon at TPC Louisiana. But only 48 players were able to tee off before an approaching system forced PGA Tour officials to clear the course.

Following a delay of 4 hours and 14 minutes, the third round was suspended at 5:30 p.m. after 1.2 inches of rain fell.

That came after the course took an inch of rain during Wednesday’s pro-am and another inch during the first round Thursday, causing a stoppage of nearly five hours. Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. Sunday — weather-permitting.

Tour officials hope to get the third round in and perhaps the fourth round on schedule Sunday afternoon, but more rain was expected overnight from a weather system that stalled over south Louisiana.

The forecast for Sunday calls for a 60 percent chance of rain.

“Sunday and Monday, this weather boundary is predicted to be kind of stationary over us,” said Steve Carman, a PGA Tour rules official. “It’s going to generate a lot of storms … not as intense as what we have seen on the radar today, but the possibility is there. So we’re going to deal with periods of rain, and then there will be periods where there’s not going to be any rain. Our hopes are that during those rain periods, we won’t have lightning and we’ll be able to play golf.”

If they can get on the course, Carman said there is a possibility the tournament could be completed on time.

“If we get any stoppage, then we’ll be playing golf on Monday, provided the forecast and the golf course can support that,” he said. “So it’s really just a wait-and-see position that we’re in.”

Carman told the players who waited out the storm in the locker room and clubhouse that getting about 75 minutes of the third round in before play was suspended helped the chances of finishing Sunday. At the same time, he told them they should make plans to be back Monday if there is any stoppage Sunday.

Carman said that because there is a strong chance of more rain Monday and Tuesday, there is the possibility the tournament could be shortened to 54 holes — which happened twice in this event in the 1980s — or even 36 holes. But he said the No. 1 goal is to play 72 holes by the end of the day Sunday.

“We’re going to make every effort to do that,” he said.

If they can’t accomplish that, they’ll try to finish Monday, with a slight possibility the tournament could stretch into Tuesday.

Carman said the Tour was optimistic the course will be playable Sunday because there was no precipitation Friday and the layout was able to dry out a little from the rain Wednesday and Thursday.

When play resumes, second-round leader Brian Stuard, who had to play six holes Saturday morning to finish his second round, will have a one-shot lead on Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas.

Stuard left the course Friday night one stroke behind Lovemark and Vegas, who finished their second rounds before play was suspended. While Lovemark and Vegas waited Saturday morning for their third-round tee times that never came, Stuard posted two birdies on his final three holes to finish a 68 for a 36-hole score of 12-under.

Lovemark and Vegas are at 11-under, with six players three shots farther back at 8-under. That group included 2015 PGA Tour rookie of the year Daniel Berger, who completed a second-round 65 on Saturday morning.

The 33-year-old Stuard, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour, isn’t worried about losing any momentum from possibly starting and stopping on Sunday.

“Not really,” he said. “I think you just have to go out and play it one shot at a time and whatever happens, happens.”

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