Having to wait one more day to end a 4 ½-year winless drought on the PGA Tour?
Sergio Garcia didn’t seem to mind a bit.
With an unrelenting performance on rain-softened Sedgefield Country Club, the Spaniard closed with 66 to win the Wyndham Championship on Monday for his eighth career Tour victory – and first since 2008. Perhaps more importantly, though, he assured himself a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
“It feels great,” Garcia said. “I’m very proud of the way I played coming in. I came through nicely, hit some good shots, and managed to pull off a win.”
The final round resumed at 9 a.m. ET amid overcast skies on a course softened by more than 2 inches of rain since Saturday evening. In lift, clean and place conditions, players continued to take aim in the final regular-season event of the season.
Garcia held a one-shot lead when the final round resumed Monday, and he padded his advantage with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine – including three consecutive on Nos. 15-17 – to move four shots ahead.
Everyone else just tried to keep pace.
Clark, who is rounding into form after elbow surgery last year, moved to 15 under with a birdie on No. 8, but his momentum stalled with nine consecutive pars before a closing birdie.
Cauley matched his best career finish on Tour, but he’ll rue early final-round bogeys, on Nos. 5-6, that left him too far behind Garcia.
Jason Dufner, already a two-time winner this season, hit his tee shot on the par-3 seventh – his second hole after the restart – into the hazard, leading to a double bogey. That ended his streak of 30 consecutive holes without a dropped shot, and he eventually finished in a tie for seventh.