Brandt Snedeker has done two of the hardest things in golf already this week in breaking 60 and then backing it up the following day with another strong round. Yet Sunday he faces his most daunting task following the suspension of the third round at the Wyndham Championship, where Snedeker played just seven holes on Saturday before inclement weather intervened. With 29 holes left for Sunday, his quest for career victory No. 9 just got that much harder.
Snedeker fortunately gave himself extra breathing room, playing the first seven holes at Sedgefield Country Club in two under on Saturday. The putter was rolling nicely once again, as Snedeker made a 59-footer from off the green at the par-4 second for his first birdie of the day. His second came at the par-5 fifth, where he laid up from the right rough and then stuck his third shot to nine feet and holed the putt. When play resumes on Sunday at 8 a.m. EDT, Snedeker faces the 374-yard par-4 eighth, where he'll begin the day at 16 under, good enough for a three-shot lead over Brian Gay.
Gay, 46, posted an even-par 70 on Thursday, but has vaulted into contention by playing his last 30 holes in 13 under, including Saturday's six under start through 12 holes that included a front-nine 30. The four-time tour winner has not won since the 2013 CareerBuilder Challenge, but has given himself chances at a fifth victory in what has been a late-career revival in 2018. He has finished inside the top 10 five times, including a third at the RSM Classic. His $1.8 million in earnings already is the most he's made on tour since 2009, when he won twice and made more than $3.2 million.
Also through 12 holes and in the mix is Trey Mullinax, who is at 12 under thanks to a four-under start to his third round. He's tied for third with Keith Mitchell (three under through eight holes), C.T. Pan (one under through seven holes) and D.A. Points (even through six holes).
The leader in the clubhouse is Michael Thompson thanks to his third-round seven-under 63 that saw him climb 34 spots on the leader board. He's at 11-under 199 through 54 holes. Sergio Garcia is also at 11 under following a two-under 33 on the front nine, which was all he was able to get in.