Monday finish for Wyndham ChampionshipAug 20, 2012 - 12:13 AM 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 tap.
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.
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