Snedeker leads Wyn­d­ham in weather de­lay

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Mlb Golf - As­so­ci­ated Press

GREENS­BORO, N.C. — Brandt Snedeker braced for a long last day at the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship.

Snedeker held a three-stroke lead Satur­day when the third round was sus­pended be­cause of se­vere weather. He was 16 un­der for the tour­na­ment with 11 holes left in the round at the fi­nal event of the PGA Tour’s reg­u­lar sea­son — and pre­par­ing for the grind of play­ing 29 holes.

Snedeker says he’s had a few

36-hole days on tour and hopes his adrenalin takes over when he plays the back nine for the fi­nal time.

“I’ve got to be re­ally smart about mak­ing sure I’m stay­ing hy­drated and more than any­thing else, mak­ing sure I don’t have any men­tal lapses,” Snedeker said. “Kind of the hard­est (thing) to do when it’s hot, hu­mid, you’re out there all day. The phys­i­cal side, we’re used to. Just, you men­tally get fa­tigued and fried, make some mis­takes. The key for to­mor­row — make sure I don’t do that.”

Brian Gay was 13 un­der through

12 holes, and Trey Mul­li­nax, Keith Mitchell, C.T. Pan and D.A. Points were an­other stroke back at vary­ing stages of their rounds.

Thirty play­ers were still on the course when play was halted dur­ing the midafter­noon with thun­der boom­ing and a threat of light­ning.

Af­ter a 3-hour, 23-minute de­lay, or­ga­niz­ers chose to hold things up overnight and re­sume the round at

8 a.m. to­day. They said they ex­pect the fi­nal round to be­gin in the late morn­ing, group­ing the play­ers in three­somes start­ing from both the first and 10th tees.

When the tour­na­ment restarts, Snedeker — who opened with a 59 to be­come the first tour player this year and just the 10th ever to break

60 — will look to keep him­self in po­si­tion to con­tend for his ninth vic­tory on tour and his first since the 2016 Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open.

He said his tar­get fi­nal score is

22 un­der — Hen­rik Sten­son’s tour­na­ment-record score from last year — be­cause “I think it’s hard for other guys to get there.”

Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup cham­pion, won the tour­na­ment in Brandt Snedeker re­acts to a putt on the sev­enth hole dur­ing the third round of the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

2007, the year be­fore it moved across town to par-70 Sedge­field Coun­try Club.

Snedeker’s fi­nal 11 holes of the round could wind up be­ing telling: In seven of the 10 pre­vi­ous years since the tour­na­ment’s move to this course, the third-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win.

And ev­ery leader who fin­ished the third round here at 16 un­der or bet­ter has wound up win­ning, in­clud­ing Sten­son (16 un­der) last year and Si Woo Kim (18 un­der) in

2016.

“I’ll kind of do what I have to do to fin­ish the third round, re­assess what’s go­ing on, where I am in re­la­tion to ev­ery­body else and what may be hap­pen­ing, and then

kind of go to my fourth round with a new strat­egy,” Snedeker said.

Snedeker started the day off strong, rolling in a 60-foot chip for birdie on the par-4 sec­ond hole, then pushed his lead to three strokes with a birdie on No. 5 that moved him to 16 un­der. But af­ter he sank a short par putt on the sev­enth, thun­der boomed and the horn sounded to stop play.

Gay was 12 holes into a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive strong round when the de­lay struck. Af­ter shoot­ing a

63 in the sec­ond round, he had four birdies and an ea­gle on the

par-5 fifth hole. He placed his

200-yard sec­ond shot 10 feet from the flag­stick and sank the putt.

His Sun­day will start in the in­ter­me­di­ate Scores, 9C

rough on the 13th, some 130 yards from the flag­stick.

“It will be a short night and back out early,” Gay said.

Salas takes ad­van­tage of Park’s mis­take: Lizette Salas shot an

8-un­der 64 to take a two-shot lead over Sung Hyun Park and Amy Yang af­ter the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Cham­pi­onship in In­di­anapo­lis.

The 29-year-old former South­ern Cal­i­for­nia player hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since 2014. She took the lead with a birdie on the

par-4 16th — af­ter Park hit her ap­proach into the wa­ter en route to a dou­ble bo­gey.

Salas was at 21-un­der 195 at Brick­yard Cross­ing. She matched the course record Thurs­day with a

62 and shot 69 in the sec­ond round.

Park, the two-time ma­jor win­ner from South Korea, was flirt­ing with a 54-hole scor­ing record be­fore the mis­cue. Park had a 66 as she chases her third win this sea­son and tries to re­claim the world’s No. 1 rank­ing.

Yang shot 65. De­fend­ing champ Lexi Thomp­son was five shots back af­ter play­ing 27 holes in 10 un­der Satur­day, post­ing rounds of 68 and 64.

Michael Bradley leads Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Open: Michael Bradley shot a 4-un­der 68 on Satur­day to take a two-stroke lead into the fi­nal round of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Open in Endi­cott, N.Y.

The 52-year-old Bradley had five birdies and a bo­gey in the rain­de­layed round to reach 11-un­der

133 at En-Joie Golf Club. A four­time win­ner on the PGA Tour, he’s seek­ing his first vic­tory on the

50-and-over tour.

Bart Bryant and Marco Daw­son were tied for sec­ond. Bryant, the

2013 win­ner at En-Joie for his lone Cham­pi­ons ti­tle, had a 67. Daw­son shot 70.

Wes Short Jr. (65), Clark Den­nis

(70) and Tom Gil­lis (69) were 9 un­der, and Kenny Perry (69) was 7 un­der with first-round leader Doug Gar­wood (73), Mark Cal­cavec­chia (69), Woody Austin (71), Jerry Haas (68) and Scott Parel

(68). Perry won the 3M Cham­pi­onship two weeks ago in Min­nesota.

Bernard Langer, the 2014 win­ner, was 5 un­der af­ter a 69. De­fend­ing cham­pion Scott McCar­ron had a 71 to get to 1 un­der. John Daly, the win­ner of the PGA Tour’s 1992 B.C. Open at En-Joie, was 6 over af­ter rounds of 73 and 77.

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Lizette Salas hits to the sixth green dur­ing the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Cham­pi­onship golf tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

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