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Wyndham Championship's Final Round Canceled Until Monday
Sergio Garcia will have to wait another day to see if he can earn his first American victory since the 2008 Players Championship. Play was suspended in the $5.2 million PGA Tour event at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., forcing the final round to be concluded at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Play was halted at 3:10 p.m. Sunday after the course had been saturated by over two inches of rain during the previous 14 hours, making it unplayable. Officials hoped to re-start at 5:00 p.m., and then tried an hour later, but ultimately decided the conditions hadn't improved enough as parts of Sedgefield were still unplayable.
"It started raining and wouldn't stop," vice president of the PGA Tour's rules and competitions Mark Russell told PGATour.com. "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."
Of particular concern was a creek on the 15th hole that washed across the fairway's landing area. A dam across the street was overflowing along with 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."
Added Russell of the suspension: "It's a shame. We're set to have a big day today. But, you know, Mother Nature didn't cooperate."
Though this is the ninth straight PGA Tour event with a weather suspension, it's the first since the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open requiring a Monday finish.
Garcia, the 54-hole leader by a stroke over Bud Cauley and Tim Clark, completed only four holes before play was halted. He had a birdie and three pars and will go into Monday at 15-under par. Clark is 14-under (through five holes) with Jason Dufner (five) and Cauley (four).
Chad Campbell and Bill Haas - both through nine holes - and Jimmy Walker (eight holes) were at 12-under, while another eight players were at 11-under; none of the latter group had completed their rounds. Defending champion Webb Simpson was at 10-under through 10 holes.
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