August 19 2012
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.