2022 Wyndham Championship standings: Brandon Wu, Sungjae Im co-leader as bad weather suspends round three

Mother Nature rained down on the Wyndham Championship Parade on Saturday as play was suspended not once but twice, forcing players to complete Round 3 on Sunday. With the final group on the 11th fairway, approximately 26 holes will need to be completed in what will be a sprint to the finish of the current tournament and, more importantly, the regular season as a whole.

Leading the pack are Brendon Wu and Sungjae Im, who are both under 12 and one stroke ahead of Tom Kim and John Huh. Wu ended his Saturday in style as he drilled for the eagle on the par-4 11th on his final swing of the day to catapult himself to the top of the standings alongside Im.

Only two drifting shots are Anirban Lahiri, Russell Henley, Davis Riley, Ryan Moore and Brian Stuard. While the majority of these men are well inside the playoffs as it stands, Moore and Stuard’s eyes are surely drawn to the photo of the FedEx Cup playoffs as they entered the week away. of the top 125.

They are not alone, as Max McGreev, Chesson Hadley and Justin Lower will all need strong performances on Sunday to play on the court next week. With more golf, playoff aspirations and careers on the line, the final day at Sedgefield Country Club is sure to be one to remember.

The leaders

T1. Sungjae Im and Brendon Wu (-12)

Im has been the most controlled player on the court for the first 70 percent of this tournament, and one would expect him to keep his composure and composure tomorrow. Although he didn’t have his best both off the tee and with his irons in hand, he continued to find ways to score around this Donald Ross design and sits atop the leaderboard alongside of Wu.

The South Korean has had an odd year, but with a win he would see his name slip into the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings. His compatriot, Kim, made headlines this week – and deservedly so – but sometimes it’s easy to forget that Im is just 24 and has a fantastic opportunity to claim his third career victory on the PGA Tour.

Other suitors

T3. John Huh and Tom Kim (-11)

T5. Anirban Lahiri, Russell Henley, Davis Riley, Ryan Moore and Brian Stuard (-10)

11. Aaron Sage (-9)

There’s a lot to dissect in the chasing pack, but Stuard is an intriguing name to dive deeper into. Starting in week 137 of the one-season run, the 39-year-old was on the hunt for some much-needed magic. He had missed his last nine cups on the PGA Tour and at this point he has managed to pull a rabbit out of a hat as he is currently expected to climb to 120th in the FedEx Cup standings.

“Honestly, not much really,” Stuard said Thursday of playoff pressure. “I don’t have much to lose. I’m kind of not in a very good position, so I’m just trying to figure out how to play good golf again and see what happens.”

Saying that on Thursday is one thing, but the intensity has gone up a notch since then. It will be interesting to see if Stuard can maintain that laid-back approach now that he’s played a shot at qualifying for the championship at St. Jude next week.

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Early morning sorrow

Austin Smotherman started the week firmly on the FedEx Cup bubble as he sat at No. 125 in the one-season run. Unable to complete his second round on Friday due to darkness, Smotherman returned to the golf course Saturday morning at 1 under and with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 eighth.

Unable to convert, all he had to do was par on his last hole to secure himself a weekend tee time and more than likely a PGA Tour card for next season. If only golf were that easy, as the PGA Tour rookie carded a double bogey on the ninth, moved the cut line to 1 under and booked his trip to the Korn Ferry Tour Playoffs where he hopes to regain status at full time on the PGA Tour.

Bubble boys head to sunday

Smotherman’s early dismissal opened the door for a few players, including Rickie Fowler. While Fowler is an omission from the weekend after missing the cup by one shot, he still has an opportunity to finish 125th in the FedEx Cup. He’ll likely need Justin Lower to have a bad Sunday, which is a tough result to root for given how far the 33-year-old rookie has come on the PGA Tour.

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2022 Wyndham Championship Odds and Picks Update

  • Sungjae Im: 10/23
  • Tom Kim: 4/23
  • Brandon Wu: 27/4
  • Russell Henley: 15/2
  • Davis Riley: 17/2
  • John Huh: 11-1
  • Aaron Wise: 14-1
  • Anirban Lahiri: 16-1
  • Ryan Moore: 22-1
  • Brian Stuard: 30-1

There are still so many things that could happen in this golf tournament, and because of that, it can be fruitful to take risks. Lahiri is getting a lot of notice given where he played his best golf in 2022. A finalist at TPC Sawgrass and a top-10 finisher at TPC Potomac, the man from India leads the pack this week in shots gained from tee to green. Ranked third in both shots won off the tee and in shots won approach, Lahiri has been steadily improving on the greens each day and should continue to do so on Sunday.