The Roundup: Sneds held up

The Roundup: Sneds held up
Brandt Snedeker had increased his lead to three shots after seven holes before bad weather halted R3 of the Wyndham Championship. A long Sunday awaits...
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Due to inclement weather and after a lengthy delay in excess of 3 hours, the third round of the Wyndham Championship has been suspended for the day with a scheduled resumption of Sunday morning at 8:00 AM ET.

Thirty (of 72) players were stranded with the final pairing of overnight leader Brandt Snedeker and D.A. Points having completed just seven holes. World No. 159 Rory Sabbatini was one of the fortunate ones to get his round in the books, handing in a season-tying-low, 6-under 32-32=64 prior to the horn sounding. On five (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, he camouflaged one bogey with five birdies and an eagle-3 at five from 45 inches. The South African posted 2.835 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.064 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. He's currently up 30 spots to T11 on 10-under 200 and projected at 88th in the FedExCup standings. Sabbatini finished T4 here last year to climb from 148th in the standings to 122nd and make the postseason.
Aug 18 - 6:54 PM

Due to a dangerous weather situation, the third round of the Wyndham Championship was suspended at 3:27 PM ET. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 5:15 PM. UPDATE #2: An additional weather delay is in effect.

Thirty (of 72) golfers have yet to complete their respective rounds. World No. 110 Jamie Lovemark was not one of those, signing for a season-tying-low, 6-under 31-33=64 prior to the stoppage. On seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he smothered a lone bogey with seven birdies, gaining 1.926 strokes tee-to-green and 1.973 on-the-green. The 30-year-old, who checked in off a missed cut at the PGA, is currently up 30 spots to T11 on 10-under 200 and projected at 77th in the FedExCup standings (up 13 places).
Aug 18 - 3:46 PM

World No. 356 Michael Thompson painted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-30=63 on Moving Day at the Wyndham Championship to reach 11-under 199, up 38 places to T3 and good for the low round in the clubhouse.

The leaders are just getting underway but at the moment, a six-way T3 would bump Thompson 26 spots (from 158) to 132nd in the FedExCup standings. He'll need another low one in R4 if he wants to qualify for the Playoffs for the first time since 2014. After opening with 66-70, the 33-year-old began T41, one inside the cut line and four shy of the overnight top 10. He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit all 18 greens in regulation, gaining 3.304 strokes tee-to-green. The Alabama alum carded five birdies and a hole-out eagle-3 at 15 from a greenside bunker, posting 1.698 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. His 63 is a season low (in 57 rounds), previously 64 at the Fort Worth Invitational, also in R3.
Aug 18 - 2:46 PM

Maximilian Kieffer jumped 16 spots up the leaderboard to solo fifth after piecing together a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in Saturday's third round at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

At 8-under 202, he's four shots adrift of joint-leaders Paul Waring and Thomas Aiken. Kieffer started his charge by connecting a hat-trick of birdies at 2, 3 and 4 before ticking the par-5 8th hole. He took a couple of steps back with successive bogeys at 9 and 10 but wiped them out with further gains at 11 and 12. He would drop another shot at 15 but a walk-off red circle completed a 66 and kept him in the hunt for a first European Tour win after 159 blanks so far. Kieffer was the 54-hole leader at the BMW International Open in Germany two months ago but slipped back to T12 after a 72. He was also second in this event with 18 holes to play in 2015 but fired a closing 75 to drop to third so the German will need to do a better job in Sunday's closer this time if he wants to get his first win.
Aug 18 - 12:52 PM

Pre-tournament betting favorite Thorbjorn Olesen had a difficult start to the week when two sets of his golf clubs failed to turn up at the airport but it could now end in the best possible fashion after he hoisted up a 3-under-par 36-31=67 in Saturday's third round, moving four more spots up the leaderboard to tied third and just three back from pacesetters Paul Waring and Thomas Aiken.

The Dane has had his problems on the tough front nine at Hills GC this week, playing the stretch in 1-over 37 on both days. It was a similar story today as he swallowed a double bogey and a bogey although at least he balanced the books with three birdies. But it's been a totally different story coming home and after inward nines of 31 and 29, he threw in another 31 today after picking off birdies at Nos. 11, 12 and 16 to close the gap on the leading duo to three after starting Saturday five back. If he's in contention with nine to play, Olesen must have a golden chance of adding to the win he scored in June's Italian Open. The World No. 41 achieved that with a final-round 64 and he's since closed with a 61 for tied second place at the BMW International Open and another 64 for T3 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone two weeks ago.
Aug 18 - 12:41 PM

Marc Warren started with bogey but got hot around the turn to fire a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in round three of the Nordea Masters in Sweden, moving 11 spots up the leaderboard to T3 on 9-under 201.

That's three swings behind joint-leaders Thomas Aiken and Paul Waring. World No. 307 Warren won this event at Barseback in 2006 but the Scot has posted just a single top 20 this season. Dropping a shot at the opening hole at Hills GC today suggested he might be wasting a promising 36-hole position but he got the shot back at No. 6 and some excellent iron play saw him connect four birdies from Nos. 9-12. A second bogey of the day at 14 was repaired with another red number at 16 but there was a little frustration at the finish as he missed a short putt for birdie-4 at 18. With the two leaders ranked outside the top 300, Warren will feel he still has the chance to reel them in Sunday and bank a fourth European Tour title.
Aug 18 - 12:30 PM

World No. 461 Thomas Aiken looked to be spoiling a great day's work at Hills GC when racking up a trio of late bogeys on day three of the Nordea Masters in Sweden but a birdie at the final hole completed a 3-under-par 32-35=67 and gave him a share of the 54-hole lead with Paul Waring on 12-under 198.

The duo are three clear of pre-tournament betting favorite Thorbjorn Olesen and Scotland's Marc Warren while it's a further stroke back to Germany's Maximilian Kieffer. Aiken started Moving Day two shots back but cruised into the lead with four birdies to the turn, holing from 15ft at No. 2 and 12ft at No. 8. Another gain at 12 put him at 14-under but the wheels threatened to fall off completely late as he swallowed bogeys at 15, 16 and 17. But a birdie at 18 for the third day running combined with a Waring square at the same hole left the South African tied for the lead and in position to win his fourth European Tour title and first since 2014. He converted 54-hole leads (two shots and three shots respectively) to win the first two of those trophies.
Aug 18 - 12:20 PM

Paul Waring looked set to lead the Nordea Masters on his own going into Sunday's final round but swallowed a walk-off bogey-6 at 18, that disappointing finish completing a 1-under-par 35-34=69 on day three and putting him level with Thomas Aiken on 12-under 198.

The good news is that the duo are three clear of the field although Waring will inevitably be aggravated at taking six swishes on the par-5 closer which he'd birdied on Thursday and Friday. Starting the day tied for the lead with Scott Jamieson (75), Waring could never find the touch that had brought him 14 birdies in the first 36 holes at Hills GC. But for the first 11 holes he was solid, racking up nine pars and nailing birdie-2s at 5 and 10. The Englishman wiped out a bogey at 12 with birdie-3 at 17 but Aiken's birdie to Waring's bogey at 18 ensured a two-shot swing and a tie at the top. It makes life that much harder as he attempts to secure a first European Tour win tomorrow from this his 200th start.
Aug 18 - 12:08 PM
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