A playoff between Billy Mayfair and Jose Coceres was suspended after each man parred the first two extra holes in the WorldCom Classic. Play will resume in Hilton Head Island, SC on Monday at 8:00am ET.
Ive never had this experience before to go out and play one hole of sudden death or whatever it takes, said Mayfair, who is 2-4 in PGA Tour playoffs, including a victory over Tiger Woods in the 1998 Nissan Open.
Darkness will officially get the blame for the suspension. But the true culprits were lightning and poor play.
Coceres (71) and Mayfair (71) each finished regulation at 11-under-par 273. Both men made clutch par saves on the 72nd hole to force sudden death.
Vijay Singh (74), Carl Paulson (69), Bernhard Langer (69) and Scott Verplank (70) all tied for third place at 10-under.
Singh led the event by two shots entering the final round, but struggled mightily on Sunday. Though he was in contention until his final stroke, Singh failed to make the playoff when he missed a pair of birdie putts over his final two holes.
Paulson, Langer and Verplank were able to make their way into the clubhouse at 10-under. Paulson and Verplank each made nice par saves on the final hole to keep alive their chances. Langer, who won on the Harbour Town Golf Links in 1985, finished birdie-bogey-birdie to end the tournament at 10-under.
However, their wait proved to be fruitless.
Mayfair first tied for the lead by birdieing the 8th to move to 13-under-par. Singh was on that number, but bogeyed the 7th and doubled the 8th after hitting his approach shot into the water guarding the left side of the green.
Coceres, who had never made a cut in the U.S. prior to this week, was also at 13-under until the 8th hole. Like Singh, he pushed his approach shot; but unlike the Fijian, Coceres managed to avoid the hazard ' barely.
With his ball up against a wooden guard rail, Coceres tried to run his ball through the bunker. He came up well short of the hole and recorded a bogey.
Leading outright at 13-under, Mayfair found trouble of his own on the par-4 11th. He hit his tee shot out of bounds, played a provisional and made a double bogey 6.
Still, Mayfair held a share of the lead with both Singh and Coceres, who bogeyed the 9th to fall to 11-under.
Once again, the final twosome lost their shares of the top spot. Coceres bogeyed the 11th, while Singh bogeyed the 12th.
Thats when play was suspended due at 4:45pm to the threat of lightning.
One hour and five minutes later, players returned the course, with Mayfair holding a one-shot cushion at 11-under-par.
That advantage didnt last long, as Mayfair bogeyed the par-3 14th and fell into another tie for first place at 10-under.
In fact, at one time six players held possession of the lead at minus 10.
Singh was never able to go any lower. He parred his final six holes. Singhs opportunity to win his first PGA Tour event since the 2000 Masters evaporated with a missed 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th.
He now has a pair of runner-up finishes and three thirds on tour this season.
Mayfair pulled from the logjam at 10-under by dropping in a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th. After a par at the 17th, Mayfair sank a 15-foot par save at the par-4 18th to wash away the chances of all those sitting on 10-under-par.
It was now Mayfairs turn to wait.
Coceres moved to 11-under by sticking a wedge approach shot on the 16th to three feet. He then parred the 17th, but missed the green on the home hole. After pitching to three feet, Coceres nailed the par putt to force a playoff.
With darkness descending, both men quickly made their way back to the 18th; where they each parred the hole. On the second extra hole, the 17th, Coceres had a chance to win his first PGA Tour event, but missed his birdie putt from 15 feet.
Tour official Slugger White then called play.
Im very happy because I know that I will finish in first or second place, said Coceres.
First place is worth $630,000. The runner-up will take home $378,000.
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic