GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A light rain continues to fall on a saturated Sedgefield Country Club course Saturday morning after third-round play at the Wyndham Championship was suspended at 8:11 a.m. ET.
The range remains open but there is no official restart time as maintenance crews work to squeegie off fairways and greens. The rain is expected to become more widespread as the day progresses.
A total of 24 players teed off before play was suspended.
The forecast for Sunday has worsened, as well. It calls for morning fog and a 70 percent chance of showers, particularly during the afternoon.
Third-round play at the Wyndham Championship was barely an hour old before heavy rains arrived on Saturday at Sedgefield.
Play was moved up Saturday in anticipation of start-and-go weather, with groups heading off split tees beginning at 7 a.m. ET. The horn blew at 8:11 a.m. ET.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- PGA TOUR rookie Patrick Reed birdied his last two holes on the way to a 64 that left him one stroke ahead of John Huh at the midway point of the Wyndham Championship.
Huh, though, had the tournament's low round of 62 on Friday to move to 10 under and into sole possession of second. Jordan Spieth is another stroke behind at 9 under after a 66 in the second round.
Tee times for Saturday's third round at Sedgefield have been moved up due to the probability of bad weather. The final threesome will leave the first tee at 9:15 a.m. -- and the average age of the group will be just 21.
Huh and Reed are both 23 while Spieth, who picked up his first PGA TOUR victory in a playoff at last month's John Deere Classic, just turned 20.
Charlie Wi, Ross Fisher, Bob Estes, Rory Sabbatini, Brian Harman and Jim Herman are tied at 7 under. Wi had the best round of the group, shooting a 65 on Friday.
The cut came at 1 under and included 74 players. Among the notables missing the cut were Brandt Snedeker, the reigning FedExCup champ and 2007 winner of the Wyndham Championship; Carl Pettersson, the 2008 winner at Sedgefield, and former major champions Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Y.E. Yang, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington.
Harrington and Singh, the 2008 FedExCup champ, will miss the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time in their career, as a result.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Steven Bowditch knew that if he didn’t shoot a sub-par round Friday at the Wyndham Championship that he would likely miss the FedExCup Playoffs. He didn’t just break par. He went bogey-free at Sedgefield Country Club. His 66 ensured that he’d play the weekend at the Wyndham and keep alive his Playoffs chances.
“I have two rounds left. I’m halfway home,” said Bowditch, who’s at 3-under 137. “It’s just going out there and playing golf. Whatever happens, happens.”
Bowditch began Wyndham week ranked 125th in the FedExCup. The top 125 at week’s end advance to the Playoffs and retain their TOUR card. Bowditch’s card wasn’t in question, though. The top 125 money earners also keep their playing privileges, and Bowditch started the week ranked 114th in earnings.
He was two shots outside the cut line after a first-round 71 at Sedgefield, but easily made the cut after Friday’s 66. He made birdies on Nos. 5, 8, 12 and 15.
Peter Hanson, who started the week at No. 126, missed the cut, as did No. 128 Brad Fritsch, No. 129 Padraig Harrington, No. 130 Bud Cauley, No. 131 Fabian Gomez and No. 132 Chad Campbell. Nicolas Colsaerts, No. 127 in the FedExCup, is not in the field this week, meaning that Nos. 126-132 in the standings will not be earning points this week.
Hanson likely will keep his TOUR card because he’s 121st on the money list, but Fritsch (139th in earnings) and Cauley (140) will have to attend the Web.com Tour Finals to retain their full playing privileges. Gomez has a chance to keep his card, having started the week at No. 124 in earnings. Campbell is 131st in earnings, but can use a career money-list exemption next season.
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NOTES: There are currently no players projected to move from outside the top 125 to inside that cut line. ... Jim Herman, who started the week at No. 149 is projected to move to No. 126. He is T-4 after shooting 67-66. ... Greg Owen, who started the week ranked 134th, is projected to move to No. 127. He's T-35 at 3 under par. ... None of the players ranked Nos. 126-132 will earn points this week.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- John Huh fired a 62, the low round of the week so far, on Friday afternoon to move within a shot of Patrick Reed's lead at the midway point on the Wyndham Championship.
Huh capped his round with a 4-footer for birdie on his 17th hole of the day and an 11-footer for another on the last. In all, Huh made eight birdies while hitting all but one fairway and all but two greens in regulation during the round that was one stroke off the course mark.
Last year's PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year was one of the few players to make an impact on the leaderboard in the afternoon wave. Bob Estes joined Charlie Wi and Ross Fisher, who came in ranked 162nd in the FedExCup, at 7 under. Rory Sabbatini is also at that number with one hole remaining.
Brian Harman and Robert Garrigus are 6 under for the tournament with three and five holes remaining, respectively. Morgan Hoffman, Charles Howell III and Matt Every are already in the clubhouse at 6 under.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Zach Johnson's first two rounds at Sedgefield this week have been solid, although quite what he had hoped.
The veteran is tied for 10th at 5 under but Johnson knows he could be even closer to Patrick Reed's lead. After all, he was 4 under through five holes on Thursay and 3 under through six on Friday only to shoot 67 and 68, respectively.
"Great starts and pretty average, poor finishes," Johnson said. "Lot of opportunities, just not capitalizing I guess is what I would say.
"But this is only my second time playing here. I got to get used to the golf course and it's hard to make putts. If you land it one yard one way or one yard the other way it's a birdie or potential bogey and that's the beauty of this track."
Maybe there's a really low round waiting for him on what is shaping up to be a rainy weekend at the Wyndham Championship. Johnson is riding the momentum of four straight top-10 finishes, including a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic.
Johnson had been particularly pleased with his play tee to green, although what he calls "average" putting has prevented him from taking advantage of all the opportunities. He's confident and "playing freely."
"I think everything's good," Johnson said. "I feel like I'm managing my game good. What's kept me from winning was the fact that I didn't make any putts coming down the last nine holes at John Deere. I don't feel like I lost that tournament in the playoff, I feel like I lost it in regulation, if anything."
Johnson says he likes Sedgefield more and more each time he plays the Donald Ross gem.
"It doesn't require a bomber," he said. "It's fair, it's hard and the greens are fast. I like it a lot."
Johnson will like it even better come Sunday if he departs with the Sam Snead Trophy. He won't be heading to The Barclays, though -- Johnson will be serving as the best man at his younger brother Gabe's wedding.
"One of the best weeks of my life was my wedding," Johnson said. "I want the same thing for my brother and I want to be there."