WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- With the final two groups waiting to tee off, the final round of The Greenbrier Classic was suspended at 1:50 p.m. ET.
The decision was made due to dangerous weather in the area. It has yet to start raining but the clouds are heavy and the wet stuff is on the way.
Players were brought off the course which means the delay could be a lengthy one.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Johnson Wagner would certainly be a popular winner of The Greenbrier Classic.
After all, he went to Virginia Tech, which is about two hours away in Blacksburg, Va., and there have been plenty of Hokie fans in attendance at The Old White TPC this week.
Considering the three previous winners have come-from-behind on Sunday, though, here are some players to watch as the final round unfolds.
Jimmy Walker: The Texan is 12 under and trails Wagner, who birdied the 18th hole on Saturday, by two strokes. Walker, a former Web.com Tour Player of the Year, is looking for his first TOUR victory. His best finish is a pair of thirds, most recently earlier this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Jonas Blixt: The Swede capped an impressive rookie season with a win at the Frys.com Open among his five top-10s. He hasn't been able to build on that success this year, though, and has yet to finish higher than 11th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this year. He is solo third, four strokes behind wagner.
Jordan Spieth: The 19-year-old phenom got into The Greenbrier Classic when he finished solo sixth at the AT&T National. it was the special temporary member's fifth top-10 in 10 starts this year. He's tied for third at 9 under with Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones.
Steven Bowditch: The Aussie has played in 91 PGA TOUR events but has only posted one top-10 during his career. He came to The Greenbrier on the heels of four missed cuts but he's played well at The Old White TPC in the past with a tie for 18th in 2011 and seven of nine rounds in the 60s, including three straight this week.
Matt Jones: He was headed for a weekend off before he birdied his final six holes on Friday to get to 5 under. He birdied his first one Saturday, too, on the way to a second-straight 66 that put him in contention for what would be the first TOUR win of his career.
Bill Haas: He trials by six but certainly has momentum after winning the AT&T National last week, shooting a final-round 66 to pull out of a four-way tie for the lead and win by three. He started the final round of the 2011 Greenbrier Classic trailing by three but closed with a 67 to get into a playoff with Bob Estes and Scott Stallings, the eventual champ.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- As more and more clouds darken the sky above the The Greenbrier, the Old White TPC appears to be yielding birdies more grudgingly on Sunday.
Of the 35 players currently on the golf course, only 10 are under par right now led by Jim Herman, who is 4 under through 14 holes and Tom Watson who is 3 under through 13.
That doesn't bode well for the players looking to become the fourth straight come-from-behind winner of The Greenbrier Classic. Johnson Wagner is the overnight leader by two strokes.
Stuart Appleby started the trend when he made up seven strokes in the inaugural event with the fifth 59 in PGA TOUR history. Scott Stallings came from one back in 2011 and won in a playoff and Ted Potter Jr. made up four strokes last year before his victory in extra holes.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- After three days of warm sunshine, Sunday could be the day rain enters the picture at The Greenbrier Classic.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in the early- to mid-afternoon and last into the evening. The rainfall from those storms could be heavy at times.
The temperature will top out in the mid-70s and the winds will increase as the day progresses into the 10-15 mph range. There is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. ET as the leaders' rounds get under way in earnest.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Johnson Wagner's expectations weren't exactly high prior to the first round of The Greenbrier Classic.
After all, he hadn't cashed a check in his last seven events dating back to the RBC Heritage. He'd only made three birdies -- total -- in the last 72 holes he'd played, too.
But Wagner got untracked when he shot 8 under in the first round and he hasn't looked back. Saturday's 64 lifted Wagner to 14 under and gave him a two-stroke advantage entering Sunday's final round as he tries to win on the PGA TOUR for the fourth time in his career.
Wagner, who played The Old White TPC several times a year as a student at Virginia Tech, already has his game plan laid out. He ranks 21st in fairways hit, sixth in greens in regulation and 10th in putting through 36 holes.
"This is the kind of golf course that if you play tentative at all you're going to miss fairways, and when you miss fairways out here you get some awkward angles on some of these tough TOUR pins especially on Sunday," Wagner said. "So I think my main key for tomorrow is going to be aggressive off the tee and hit as many fairways as I can, which will set up a lot of birdie opportunities."
Jimmy Walker, who is looking for his breakthrough win, matched Wagner's 64 in the third round and is alone at 12 under. Jonas Blixt, the winner of last year's Frys.com Open, is the only other player in double figures at 10 under.
Walker has tied for fourth each of the last two years at The Greenbrier Classic.
"I like the golf course, I've always liked it," he said. "The first time we came here we really enjoyed it, just the whole atmosphere. Everybody's so nice and everybody's so accommodating. The hotel is amazing and just really enjoyed being here and the golf course really seems to fit my eye. I like the tee shots, like the second shots, and I feel comfortable."
A pair of Aussies in Matt Jones and Steven Bowditch are tied with the precocious 19-year-old, Jordan Spieth, at 9 under. Bill Haas, who won last week's AT&T National, heads the group at 8 under that also includes Pat Perez, Rory Sabbatini, D.H. Lee, Tag Ridings and first-round co-leader Tommy Gainey.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Most players would be pretty satisfied with three rounds in the 60s. Bill Haas, though, was headed for the range on Saturday afternoon.
He's 8 under and in contention for what would be his second straight victory so Haas certainly didn't want to leave anything to chance. He knows he'll need to go low to overtake Johnson Wagner, who just birdied the 18th hole to get to 14 under.
Haas had a relatively quiet round on Saturday until he birdied three straight starting at the 15th hole. The first came courtesy of a 32-footer while the second birdie was another long one from 23. His drive at the par-5 17th strayed left and hit a man in the knee before bouncing into the fairway on the way to the third sub-par score.
"Today was kind of a mixed bag," Haas acknowledged. "I hit a lot of nice shots that didn't result in birdies. ... Then those last four holes I played in three under and it could easily have not been that way.
"So I'm counting my blessings to shoot 3 under par and with that said, I'm going to go hit a few on the raange and hopefully figiure something out and have a decent Sunday."
Haas took a share of the lead into the final round of last week's AT&T National, shot 66 and ended up winning by three. The victory was the fifth of his career and represented his seventh top-10 of the season.
Haas is obviously playing well but contending can take its toll mentally, as well as physically. Haas will be the first to tell you he can be hard on himself but this week the former Wake Forest All-American has been able to stay focused on the task at hand.
"This week I've tried to do a good job of staying in the moment and telling myself that last week you did it, you never know what will happen," Haas said. "... I'm going to need the leaders to not go crazy low but a good round tomorrow will put me in a great poisition."
Haas has now played 11 rounds at The Old White TPC and shot in the 60s nine times. He lost in a playoff to Scott Stallings two years ago so he's got a comfort zone.
"This course is gettable," Haas said. "If you drive it halfway decent you should shoot under par here and that's what I've been able to do. I'm finding most of the fairways and just kind of giving myself some opportunities and hopefully tomorrow all the ones that you're supposed to make I'll make when it comes to putting."
Jordan Spieth, needing a win to earn full status on the PGA TOUR this season, posted three consecutive birdies down the stretch today en route to a 3-under 67 at The Greenbrier that puts him in good position with 18 holes to play. Click below to see his third birdie of that stretch run.