Snedeker leads Wyn­d­ham as storm halts play for day

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Brandt Snedeker is brac­ing for a long last day at the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship.

Snedeker held a three­stroke 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 is 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 mid-af­ter­noon with a 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. Sunday. 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 tour­na­men­trecord 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 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.

“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.

CHUCK BUR­TON AP

Brandt Snedeker lines up a putt on the first hole dur­ing the third round of the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day at Sedge­field Coun­try Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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