August 19 2012
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.