Wu, I’m tied to the storm-delayed Wyndham and facing a long Sunday


GREENSBORO, North Carolina – The biggest reduction since the PGA Tour went top 65 and ties, followed by two delays for storms in the region, prevented the Wyndham Championship from completing the third round on Saturday and put up a long last day of the regular season.

Brandon Wu holed from 147 yards on the par-4 11th hole for an Eagle, giving him a share of the lead with Sungjae Im at 12 under par. They were through 11 holes. John Huh and Joohyung “Tom” Kim were one shot behind.

Only 12 players have completed the round.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a 7-under 63 and was 10-under 200.

The eagle was Wu’s last shot before the second delay of the third round, and the players never returned to the course. The third round was scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, and players will once again come out of the two starts – and hope for good weather – to participate in the tournament.

At stake Sunday in the final event of the regular season is a chance to get bonus money for Im and Will Zalatoris (who had a 66 and were 7 under) if they could get into the top 10 of the FedEx Cup.

It’s far more important for players to finish in the top 125 and qualify for the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs that begin next week. Finishing in the top 125 also ensures a full card for the next season, which begins in September.

Most of the drama took place on Saturday morning and involved a lot of heartache for one player. Austin Smotherman was 1 under and faced a 12-foot birdie putt on the No. 8, his 17th hole of the second round. A birdie would have moved the cut to 2 under 138.

But he missed, then he missed the green on the ninth and ended up with a double bogey. Smotherman, the equivalent of No. 125 in the FedEx Cup, missed the cut and was virtually certain to drop into the top 125.

The cup remained at 1-under 139 and featured 87 players for the weekend. The last time many players made the cut was in 2018 at the Wells Fargo Championship, before the tour instituted a new policy of top 65s and ties.

Having so many players — Hayden Buckley pulled out Saturday morning after making the cut with a wrist injury — will make it harder to finish the final round if the time comes.

Brian Stuard was 10 under with a hole to play, keeping himself in the mix to climb into the top 125 and retain a full card.

Kim, meanwhile, was hoping to extend his season. The 20-year-old South Korean, already world No. 34, is guaranteed a PGA Tour card for next season. But he can only qualify for the playoffs if he wins the Wyndham Championship, which would make him an instant member.

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