GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jason Dufner’s bid to take over No. 1 in the FedExCup standings hit a snag at the par-3 seventh hole.
He found the creek in front of the green and made a double bogey to fall back into a tie for sixth at 12 under, three strokes behind Sergio Garcia. Dufner, who started the week ranked No. 3, is now projected at second.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Heath Slocum didn’t get off to a good start on Monday morning at the Wyndham Championship.
He has just double-bogeyed the 14th hole – coming up short of the green at the par-4 14th and three-putting from 6 feet. As a result, Slocum, who started the week ranked 128th in the FedExCup, was 120th after the resumption and has now fallen to 123rd.
At the start of the final round, Slocum was the only player projected to move inside the top 125.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – A light mist is falling at Sedgefield Country Club but the Wyndham Championship got under way as scheduled at 9 a.m. ET.
Look for the 38 pros who have returned to finish the final round to shoot some low numbers as they take target practice at the damp greens in this heavy air. Play will continued to be contested under lift, clean and place conditions.
Sergio Garcia owns the lead at 15 under and returns to the par-5 fifth hole to hit his third shot. Tim Clark, Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley are one stroke off the pace.
More than 2.2 inches of rain fell in a 14-hour period on Sunday. Sedgefield quickly became unplayable and play was first suspended at 3:10 p.m. and called for the day at 5:30 p.m.
Another tenth of an inch of rain fell overnight.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sergio Garcia spent the weather delay playing cards in the locker room.
Now he'll have to wait until Monday at 9 a.m. to see what kind of luck he has on the golf course when the final round of the Wyndham Championship resumes.
Garcia, who owns sole possession of the lead at 15 under, has just hit his second shot on the par-5 fifth. He owns a one-stroke lead over his playing partner Bud Cauley and the two men in the penultimate group, Jason Dufner and Tim Clark.
"There's nothing you can do," Garcia said philosophically. "Definitely the weather is one thing we can't control, so yeah, just kind of be patient and we'll see."
Clark had actually been tied for the lead with Garcia before missing the fairway at the par-5 fifth, laying up and then coming up short of the green with his third. He chipped on and missed a 15-footer for par but said the weather didn't contribute to the bogey.
"One of those things," Clark said. "It really didn't have much to do with the rain but when we're in the sixth fairway that's when they had to call it. Water was running down the fairways and pooling on the greens. I wouldn't say that rain affected anyone in a negative way while we were still playing."
Clark, who has two ties for sixth in the Wyndham Championship, one of which came at Sedgefield, said he likes when the course plays firm and fast. Playing lift, clean and place on Sunday helped the man who ranks 188th in driving distance, though.
"I think it would have really hurt me had it been playing it
down because then you're dealing with mud on the ball and all sort
of wet lies," Clark said. "So, that kind of negates the fact that
"It's going to obviously be sopping wet tomorrow. The ball will be running nowhere. It changes the course a little bit for me. The greens will be a little bit softer. I may be coming in some with longer clubs tomorrow. The greens will be holding. A little bit easier."
Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The conclusion of the final round of the Wyndham Championship will have to wait until Monday due to heavy rain that swept through the area and saturated the golf course to a point of no return, which means the final FedExCup Playoff machinations will have to, too. Here’s a look at some scenarios to keep an eye on when play does resume at 9 a.m. ET.
NO. 1 POSSIBILITY: Jason Dufner was 2 under through his first five holes and only a shot off the lead when play was halted. He’s the only player who can supplant Tiger Woods atop the FedExCup standings, but Dufner needs to finish no worse than solo second. Currently, he’s tied for second with Bud Cauley and Tim Clark.
BUBBLE WATCH: As of the current projections, Heath Slocum is the only player projected to move from outside the top 125 to inside it. Slocum is 3 under through 13 holes in the final round and tied for ninth. He would move from 128th to 120th if nothing changes. Jhonattan Vegas, who began the week 124th and missed the cut, is projected to fall out of the top 125 to 126. Rod Pampling, who was 125th at the start of the week, is projected to move to 116th. He shot 68 in the final round and is currently tied for 28th. Others flirting with the Playoffs include Y.E. Yang, who shot 69, and is projected 127th. Tim Herron, meanwhile, is still on the course and somewhat in control of his destiny. He came into the week 139th and is projected at 128th at the moment but still has two holes to play and is tied for 28th. Bobby Gates is also tied for 28th, but he has eight holes to play. Gates is currently projected to move from 141st to 131st but could climb even higher depending on his back nine. Ditto Richard H. Lee, who is projected at 149th but has 10 holes left. He’s currently tied for 17th.
NOTABLES WATCH: Justin Leonard is projected at No. 144, but he has 10 holes still to play. He needs a fourth-place finish or better to have a chance of moving inside the top 125. Tournament leader Sergio Garcia is safely in the Playoffs, but he’s strengthening his position. If things stay as is, he’ll climb 69 spots to 33rd in the standings. Tim Clark, who’s a shot back, is also projected to make a big jump, moving from 109th to 70th. Other notables on the outside looking in: Retief Goosen, Gary Woodland, Stewart Cink, John Daly and Camilo Villegas.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. – With parts of Sedgefield Country Club rendered unplayable due to 2.2 inches of rain falling in an 14-hour period, the final round of the Wyndham Championship will resume at 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
The Golf Channel and Sirius XM Radio will have coverage beginning at 9 a.m. ET.
Tournament officials estimate about 2 hours, 45 minutes of play remains with the final group of Sergio Garcia and Bud Cauley heading back to hit their third shots to the par-5 fifth green. A total of 38 of the 75 players who teed off Sunday will be returning to complete the final round.
Mark Russell, vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA TOUR, said the steady rain on Sunday was the killer. Play was originally suspended at 3:10 p.m. and set to resume at 5 p.m. -- and later delayed two more times.
"It started raining and wouldn't stop," Russell said. "The golf course got to a point where it was saturated. ... We got to a point we knew we couldn't finish so we sent them out there at anytime it was going to be unplayable, virtually unplayable. Made a decision to let it drain tonight and come back in the morning."
Russell said that while several holes were under water, the 15th hole was of particular concern. A creek spilled over and totally saturated the landing area. The dam across the street was overflowing, as was the pond it feeds.
"Until that spillway stops flowing, there's no way the water is ever going to stop," Russell said. "But, you know, we'll see what happens. Hopefully we'll play at 9 in the morning. Give the golf course a chance to drain."
Russell said the decision to suspend play for the day was made at roughly 5:30 p.m. He said he told course superintendent Keith Wood and his staff to stop trying to get the course ready about a half hour earlier.
"I I finally told them ... 'Guys, just relax,'" he said. "We
don't want to work you guys in the ground for no reason. Let's just
hold off and see if this thing drains at all and then we'll put
those efforts to use in the morning.
"It's a shame. We're set to have a big day today. But, you know, Mother Nature didn't cooperate."
Anyone who had a ticket for Thursday-Sunday will be admitted free. Admission for everyone else is $15.
The forecast calls for fog developing late tonight and lingering until the morning. But there isn't a chance of rain until the afternoon.
This is the ninth straight week on the PGA TOUR with a weather suspension. However, this will be the first unscheduled Monday finish since the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The restart of the Wyndham Championship has now been changed until 6 p.m. ET., which brings the possibility of a Monday finish into the equation.
The final group of Sergio Garcia and Bud Cauley are hitting their third shots to the fifth green. According to the meteorologist on site, sunset is at 8:03 p.m.
A total of 2.2 inches of rain has fallen at Sedgefield since last night.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The worst of the rain has pushed through the Sedgefield area.
Tournament officials have opened the driving range so players can practice while grounds crews work on the golf course. The goal is to start at 5 p.m.
Sergio Garcia, who leads by one stroke at 15 under, and Bub Cauley, will be chipping to the par-5 fifth green. Cauley is tied for second with Tim Clark and Jason Dufner, who will be hitting their second shots to the sixth green.