Wyndham will finish on Monday
Sunday, August 19, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. –- The Wyndham Championship fourth round was suspended until 9 a.m. Monday because of wet, unplayable conditions. Officials said 2.2 inches of rain fell on Sedgefield Country Club from the completion of Saturday’s third round until play was called for the day at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Sergio Garcia, through four holes of the last round, is 15 under and has a one-shot lead over playing competitor Bud Cauley and the men in the twosome a hole ahead, Tim Clark and Jason Dufner.
Chad Campbell and Bill Haas, each through nine holes, are at 12 under along with midway leader Jimmy Walker and rookie Harris English. Carl Pettersson, the 2008 winner, bogeyed his first two holes and is five shots off the lead, tied for 17th.
Fifteen players are within four shots of Garcia.
Play was suspended at 3:10 because of standing water on multiple holes. Officials had hoped to resume at 5 p.m. and then 6, but steady rain didn’t allow the course to drain. The course already had been hit by 1.5 inches of overnight rain.
Several holes were unplayable late Sunday afternoon, most notably the 12th.
“The golf course drains well but it never stopped raining,” tournament director Mark Brazil said. “It’s under water.”
Garcia, the third-round leader at 14-under 196, is chasing his first PGA Tour victory since the 2008 Players Championship and eighth overall. If he finishes in the top four here, he would move into the top-10 list of automatic qualifiers for the European Ryder Cup team with one week to go, according to world-ranking projections.
If he doesn’t qualify, he seems a safe bet to be picked by captain Jose Maria Olazabal for next month’s matches at Medinah Country Club, where Garcia made a splash by finishing second in the 1999 PGA Championship.
Clark birdied Nos. 2 and 4 and was tied with Garcia at 15 under until he bogeyed the par-5 fifth hole. He missed a 13-foot par putt after coming up short of the green with his approach.
“Making a bogey when you’re looking to make birdie was pretty tough,” he said.
Clark made only four starts in 2011 because of a right elbow injury and tendinitis. He has played 16 tournaments this year and started slowly, with his lone top 10 since January 2011 coming in a T-4 at the Travelers Championship in late June. He came here off a T-11 at last week’s PGA Championship.
“It’s still not as strong as it needs to be,” Clark said. “That’s going to take time. But at least I’m out there playing pain-free.”
Clark went to the Bahamas for a couple of days after the PGA for “relaxation” after what he called a “brutal week.”
The rest appears to have served him well, but the rain-soaked fairways don’t help his cause. Clark is a medium-length driver who doesn’t carry the ball as far as many players and thus relies on roll.
“It’s sopping wet,” Clark said. “That changes the course.”