10:21am update: Looks like we’re done with round 3 and Garcia and Riley lead at -15 under. Round 4 begins momentarily.
GREENSBORO, N.C. Sergio Garcia and Chris Riley were both 13 under par through 10 holes to share the clubhouse lead Saturday night when play was stopped midway through the third round of the rain-plagued Wyndham Championship.
Weather has been THE MAJOR story during the championship as players, fans and tournament organizers have had to scramble to get in as many holes as possible dodging rain and inclement weather and darkness.
Steve Marino, Fred Couples, Kevin Stadler and Justin Rose were 12 under and Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas were 11 under through varying stages of their rounds when play was suspended due to darkness.
Sunday play was to begin at 7:30am with a second cut and the final round planned to start around 11am.
During yet another long day with abbreviated play at Sedgefield Country Club – where two weather delays combined to last nearly 5 1/2 hours – there were a number of highlights.
Marino, who started the round six strokes off the pace, had seven birdies to rocket up the leaderboard – including one on the par-3 No. 16 in which his tee shot landed just inches from the flagstick.
Couples birdied four of his first eight holes to move into contention for his first victory since 2003. And Justin Rose had five birdies to rally after starting the round four strokes back.
But once again, the dominant storyline at this stop-and-start tournament was the weather.
Play was stopped twice during Day 3 because of heavy rains and lightning that was popping around the area. After the second round was completed mid-morning, the start of Round 3 was pushed back 2 1/2 hours while a band of thunderstorms passed through.
Riley opened his round with an eagle on No. 1, using a 9-iron to knock his approach shot about 165 yards into the hole. After the delay, he ran a 55-foot eagle putt to within 3 feet on No. 5 and tapped it in for birdie.
The former UNLV player who’s contending for his second top-10 finish of the year – and second career PGA Tour victory – shared the 36-hole lead with Maggert and Ryan Moore at 11-under 129.
Standing in the way: A weather-created, 26-hole marathon Sunday for both Riley and Garcia. Then again, that’s nothing new during this tournament for Riley – who took his first lead Friday while playing 21 holes.
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