Snedeker seals wire-to-wire win at Wyndham Championship
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Aug 22, 2018,
Aug 22, 2018, 23:26
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.
Snedeker is trying for what would be almost a wire-to-wire victory.
Korea's Sungjae Im cracked the top 100 at No. 90 following his win at the Web.com Tour's Winco Foods Portland Open, capping a season during which he led the money list every single week.
However, from the beginning, this was Snedeker's tournament to lose, and that put a lot of pressure on him.
But Simpson, who lives in Charlotte and played collegiately at Wake Forest, suffered his only bogey of the final round after an errant tee shot on No. 18. After that, he set Sedgefield's front nine on fire, carding a 27 over his final nine holes: six birdies and an eagle.
Jim Furyk shot 63 for his best round of the season.
Hearn shot rounds of 64, 67, 64 and 70 to finish at 15-under-par. His cushion was cut in half, however, as Points carded another round of 64 to come in at 12-under, alone in second place.
Pan's mishap afforded Snedeker the luxury of needing only a bogey but he instead finished in style with a birdie to complete the second wire-to-wire victory on tour this year.
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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. "It was just one bad shot".
Snedeker will carry a three-shot lead into the final day of the tournament, but he'll have plenty of work left to do Sunday. "If I don't have a great weekend, it will still be great because I'll get to rest".
Canadian Nick Taylor, Harris English and Sam Saunders were among the golfers to do enough to qualify for next week's FedExCup playoffs by winding up in the top 125 in the points standings.
But the 26-year-old from Taiwan ran into big trouble: Pan shanked his tee shot out of bounds off a cart path down the right side of the fairway and needed four shots, including the penalty stroke, to reach the green on the par 4. Only the top 100 players after this event will advance to the second event in the playoffs, the Dell Technologies Championship.
Sergio Garcia at 11 under is among the notable players to watch as he tries to secure a spot on the European team for next month's Ryder Cup.
And every leader who finished the third round here at 16 under or better has wound up winning, including Stenson (16 under) a year ago and Si Woo Kim (18 under) in 2016.
Formerly known as The Barclays, this event has been the opening tournament of the playoffs since 2007, although the course has varied year to year.