By PGATOUR.COM staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After putting together a pair of clutch back-nine birdie streaks on a soggy Sedgefield layout Saturday afternoon, Patrick Reed and John Huh own a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Wyndham Championship.
Reed had started the rainy day at 11 under and leading John Huh by one shot. Reed dropped a trio of strokes by the 12th hole but reeled off three straight birdies starting at No. 15 to get back to where he started the day.
Reed fell back into a tie with Huh, though, when he couldn't get up and down from behind the 18th green, missing an 11-footer to save par.
Huh, on the other hand, tumbled down the leaderboard early with a triple bogey at the second hole. But he responded with 10 straight pars, then birdied three of his next four holes, to get back to 10 under and share the lead at the end of 54 holes.
Zach Johnson would have been tied at 10 under had it not been for a three-putt on the 18th hole. His round of 66 was his low of the week on a soggy Sedgefield course -- and tied for the low of the day.
Bob Estes stayed in the hunt for what would be his first win in 11 years with a 68 that included a trio of back-nine birdies and left him tied with Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Spieth, who twice got to double digits under par on Saturday, shot an even-par 70
With more rain on the horizon overnight, as well as in Sunday's forecast, tournament officials have decided to send players off two tees in threesomes for the fourth round. Sunday's tee times will run from approximately 7:15-9:15 a.m., as was the Saturday morning.
Even so, there was a delay of 2 hours, 59 minutes during the third round.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Zach Johnson, who is bidding for his 10th PGA TOUR victory this week, has opened a one-stroke advantage during Saturday's damp and dreary third round of the Wyndham Championship.
Johnson made a 16-footer for birdie at the 14th hole to get to 10 under. He missed a 5-footer on the next hole that would have given him a bigger cushion so he remains one stroke ahead of Brian Harman and Jordan Spieth and two up on Patrick Reed.
Spieth, who has completed 12 holes, denied Johnson that 10th victory last month when he beat him in a playoff at the John Deere Classic. That runner-up finish started a streak of four straight top-10s for Johnson, who has completed 16 holes on a wet afternoon at Sedgefield Country Club.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If the third round of the Wyndham Championship is completed Saturday afternooon, tournament officials plan another early start on Sunday.
The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain on Sunday, as well. So the final round tee times would likely be similar to those on Saturday that ran from 7:15-9:15 a.m. off the first and 10th tees.
A total of 24 players teed off on Saturday before Sedgefield became saturated and play was suspended for 2 hours, 59 minutes. There have been no delays since play resumed at 11:10 a.m. ET.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Consecutive bogeys from overnight leader Patrick Reed at the fifth and sixth holes have created a three-way tie at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard on Saturday.
Reed has dropped back to 9 under, which puts him in a tie with Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman. Spieth also bogeyed the sixth hole after pulling even with Reed courtesy of a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 5.
Harman has made four birdies, two bogeys and two pars over his first eight holes. Zach Johnson, who has finished in the top-10 in his last four starts, has just made the turn in 8 under, tied with Rory Sabbatini.
The group at 7 under includes Bryce Molder, Matt Every, Jim Herman, Bob Estes and John Huh. Molder has played 10 holes, Every and Herman nine each, Estes 8 and Huh seven.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A light mist continues to fall at Sedgefield but the third round of the Wyndham Championship continues Saturday afternoon.
Patrick Reed remains in the lead at 11 under after playing two holes. But his nearest competitor, John Huh, tripled the second hole, chipping through the green, stubbing another chip and three-putting from 7 feet.
Brian Harman, who has made three birdies in his first four holes and Jordan Spieth ate tied for second at 9 under. Spieth has reeled off three straight pars.
Zach Johnson has gotten off to another fast start, making two birdies in his first five holes to move to 7 under. He's tied with Jim Herman, Bob Estes and Huh.
Herman came to Greensboro ranked 149th in the FedExCup and is now projected at No. 126
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The third round of the Wyndham Championship is scheduled to resume at 11:10 a.m. ET. Play was suspended after rain caused unplayable conditions at Sedgefield Country Club.
The third round began at 7:15 a.m. after tee times were moved earlier because of Saturday's poor forecast. Twenty-four players teed off before play was suspended at 8:11 a.m. The practice facilities remained open during the delay because there was no lightning. Maintenance crews squeeged fairways and greens in order to remove standing water. More rain is expected Saturday.
Players are teeing off in threesomes off Nos. 1 and 10. The final threesome of Patrick Reed, John Huh and Jordan Spieth is now scheduled to tee off at 12:15 p.m. ET. Reed (65-64) has a one-shot lead over Huh (68-62), while Spieth (65-66) is two shots back.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Charles Howell III was disqualified prior to the start of Saturday's third round of the Wyndham Championship for using a non-conforming driver during the second round.
Howell had shot a 68 on Friday to get into a tie for 10th at 6 under, five shots off Patrick Reed's lead. But PGA TOUR rules official Tony Wallin said he was alerted to a possible problem when he received a call from Tony Mutch, another TOUR official, around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Mutch, in turn, had received a call from the USGA suggesting someone talk with Howell.
The issue centered on a toe-cap on the bottom of Howell's TaylorMade driver that came off while he was hitting balls prior to the second round. Under that cover is a hole that is used to put a hot wax weight in the club -- so without the cover, the driver has a hole in it that would make it non-conforming.
"What that little port cover coming off did was made the club non-conforming," Wallin said. "... You cannot have a hole that's uncovered into the club or going through the club."
In a statement issued Saturday afternoon, Howell said he checked with TaylorMade to make sure the missing toe-cap wouldn't affect the club's performance. Howell started using the driver two weeks ago and calls it the "best performing driver I've played."
"The idea that the club would no longer be conforming, because of the missing toe-cap, never entered my mind," Howell said. "This driver will be back in play next week."
According to Wallin, had the toe-cap come off during the second round instead of before he teed off, Howell could have continued to play with the club -- as long as he had it repaired prior to the next round. Since the toe-cap was dislodged prior to the round, the only option was disqualification.