Wyndham starts earlier to try and stay dry

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 07:44 PM

Today’s third round of the Wyndham will go off earlier than scheduled in an attempt to beat the rain that is forecast.

Players will go off in threesomes, from approximately 7-9:30 a.m., from the first and 10th tees, instead of twosomes from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The round will be taped for showing on CBS (WFMY, Ch. 2 locally) in its previously scheduled slot from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Officials want play to be completed by 2:30.
“We’re expecting rain and we’ve had so much rain in Piedmont, N.C. that the water table is so high that it wouldn’t take much rain to cause problems. So playing early, if we do have some down time, we leave ourselves about five hours to get the players back out and finish the third round,” said PGA Tour rules official Mark Russell, an Elon University graduate. “If we had to suspend play with the 6:30 finish, we leave ourselves no time because we could only play to quarter ‘til 8 or so.”

After missing the cut at the PGA Championship, rookie sensation Jordan Spieth put in some practice time at home before coming to the Wyndham. The extra practice worked as he followed an opening 65 with a 66 to move into second place at 9-under 131.
“I struggled off the tee at the PGA and went home to work with my instructor every day to nail down what the problem was,” Spieth said. “It was just about getting my confidence back. The key to my success this week so far has been my 3-wood. I have never hit it better than I have this week.”

Sergio Garcia, the tournament’s defending champion, saw his run of under-par rounds at Sedgefield stop at five as he shot an even-par 70 to stay at 5-under.
“I couple of pin (locations) were tougher,” Garcia said. “But for me, it was the putter. I wasn’t able to hole it as well as I did yesterday from four, five, six feet.”

The cut game at 1-under. North Davidson product David Mathis made it right on the number, finishing off a 2-under by scrambling for par on No. 9. Mathis drove his tee shot well off the fairway, not far from going out of bounds. He hit his second shot about 45 feet from the hole and then two-putted, making a 3-footer for par.
“That’s a dicey green, anyway,” Mathis said. “I don’t want to have that 3-footer to make the cut everyday. If I did, I would have retired by now.”

One of the biggest surprises among those who did not make the weekend was former Wyndham winner Brandt Snedeker, who shot 2-over on Friday to creep up to 1-over.
Among others missing the cut were Padraig Harrington, former Greensboro resident and Wyndham winner Carl Pettersson, Smithfield resident Neal Lancaster, former Wake Forest golfer Kyle Reifers, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Lucas Glover, Greensboro resident Andrew McLardy, Vijay Singh, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, Y.E. Yang, and Wells Fargo winner Derek Ernst.