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Garcia leads in Wyndham, rain forces Monday finish

AFP, GREENSBORO, North Carolina

Webb Simpson and his caddie stand under an umbrella on the second hole in the final round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sunday.

Photo: AFP

Spain’s Sergio Garcia had the lead at 15-under through four holes on Sunday when the fourth round of the USPGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship was suspended for the day because of rain showers.

Organizers halted the round after a lengthy weather delay at the Sedgefield Country Club that lasted 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Tour officials were to bring them back to the course at 9am yesterday to finish the final round, which will also determine the qualifiers for the USPGA Tour’s playoffs.

It will be the first Monday finish at the event since 1983.

More than 5cm of rain fell on the course since late on Saturday and tour spokesman Mark Russell said the 15th hole became “unplayable.”

South Africa’s Tim Clark, Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley were at 14-under through varying stages of their fourth rounds.

A total of 38 players, half the field, were still on the course when play ended for the day.

It has been four years since Garcia’s last USPGA Tour victory, and he will have to wait another day to see if he can close the deal.

Garcia began the day at 14-under and had three pars and a birdie on the par-four third. He was preparing for a 40-yard chip when play stopped.

The Spaniard, who has not won on tour since the 2008 Players Championship, is also chasing a berth on the European Ryder Cup team.

The 10 automatic qualifiers will be set following the Johnny Walker Invitational, with Jose Maria Olazabal making two captain’s picks.

Clark birdied two of his first four holes on Sunday to match Garcia at 15-under. Clark started the day a shot behind Garcia.

A bogey on the par-five fifth dropped him back a stroke and he was in the fairway on No. 6 when the delay came.

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