Monday finish for Wyndham Championship|
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - A heavy rain storm forced the suspension of
Sunday's final round of the Wyndham Championship and a Monday finish is on
There were several scheduled re-start times, but Sedgefield Country Club
wasn't playable. The decision was made to have the first Monday finish of the
year and players will be in position at 9 a.m. ET.
"The golf course got to a point where it was saturated, the 15th hole is
unplayable," said Mark Russell, the Vice-President of Rules and Competitions
for the PGA Tour. "We couldn't see it getting any better and several other
holes were under water, too. We got to a point we knew we couldn't finish."
Sergio Garcia is in the lead at 15-under par. The Spaniard, who is trying to
make Jose Maria Olazabal's European Ryder Cup team, is 1-under par through
four holes of his final round.
Jason Dufner, Tim Clark and Bud Cauley are tied for second at 14-under par.
Chad Campbell, Jimmy Walker, Harris English and reigning FedExCup champion
Bill Haas are tied for fifth at 12-under par.
This is a big week on tour with The Playoffs starting on Thursday. The top 125
on the FedExCup points list gain entry into the field next week at The
Barclays and there doesn't appear to be too much movement in the race.
With the final round still go, Rod Pampling appears safe to make the field at
Bethpage Black. He began in the precarious No. 125 spot and he finished his
final round at 8-under par.
It appears the only player who will move into the top 125 will be Heath
Slocum. He started at No. 128, but he is tied for ninth with five holes to
complete on Monday.
Garcia was never in danger of missing The Barclays, but he is on the outside
looking in for a Ryder Cup spot.
After Ian Poulter's tie for third last week at the PGA Championship, Garcia
fell out of one of the 10 automatic spots. The European team will be finalized
in one week and Garcia can probably expect to be a captain's pick with his
play this week.
Garcia also hasn't won on the PGA Tour in over four years. His last victory
came at the 2008 Players Championship, and now, if he's to win again, it'll
have to wait one more day.
"There's nothing you can do," said Garcia. "I mean definitely the weather is
one thing we can't control so yeah, just kind of be patient and we'll see."
The Spaniard's lone birdie of his day Sunday came at the par-3 third. Garcia's
tee ball hopped over the cup and settled four feet from the flagstick. He
rolled in the birdie putt to reach 15-under par.
Clark was tied for the lead with Garcia, but his approach spun off the green
at five. He chipped 15 feet short of the hole and missed the par putt.
Dufner, who announced this week that he will skip next week's first tournament
of The Playoffs, birdied three and five. Dufner could join Tiger Woods as the
only 3-time winners this year on tour.
Cauley birdied No. 2 in his bid for a first PGA Tour victory.
American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Justin Leonard and Nicolas
Colsaerts are some of the other players tied for ninth with Slocum.
Defending champion and reigning U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson is even for his
round at 10-under for the championship.
NOTES: This is the first unscheduled Monday finish on tour since last year's
Phoenix Open...Garcia won twice last year on the European Tour...Chris Kirk is
the clubhouse leader at 9-under 271.
08/19 20:12:45 ET