Date: August 20, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Rain plays havoc at Wyndham

The final round of the Wyndham Championship has been delayed due to heavy rainfall, with Spaniard Sergio Garcia leading by one stroke as the Australian contingent struggled to keep pace with the leaders. Garcia was on top of the leaderboard at 15-under through four holes on Sunday before play was halted in Greensboro, North Carolina shortly after 3pm local time. Tournament officials were hopeful of a minor delay, but suspended proceedings at 5.28pm as it became apparent the final pairing of Garcia and America&aposs Bud Cauley would not be able to complete the remaining 14 holes in daylight. Cauley, countryman Jason Dufner and South Africa&aposs Tim Clark were tied for second at 14-under through varying stages of their rounds at Sedgefield Country Club. Americans Chad Campbell, Bill Haas, Jimmy Walker and Harris English were three shots off the pace in equal third. A total of 38 players – half the field – were still on the course when play was halted, with 15 players within four strokes of Garcia&aposs advantage. The tournament will resume at 9am on Monday – the first time since 1983 that the event will conclude beyond Sunday. PGA Tour officials said more than two inches of rain had flooded the course since Saturday night. “It started raining and just wouldn&apost stop,” PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition Mark Russell said. “The golf course got to the point where it was saturated. “We got to a point where we knew we couldn&apost finish so we made a decision that we would let it drain tonight, come back in the morning and be in position to resume play at nine o&aposclock.” The three Australians in the field completed their closing rounds before the inclement weather intervened. Rod Pampling was the best placed at eight-under in equal 28th, Nick O&aposHern was tied for 46th at five-under and Stuart Appleby was equal 70th at three-over.