Left in the dark
Reactions were mixed following Sunday's race against the clock to complete the Greenbrier Classic before sunset, thanks to a 3-hour, 10-minute weather delay earlier in the round.
Actually, play wrapped up seven minutes after sundown, with barely enough light left to play golf.
Johnson Wagner, the third-round leader, wasn't pleased with himself or with the decision to keep playing after he shot a 3-over 73 to finish in a four-way tie for second, two shots behind Jonas Blixt.
"It was dark. It was really dark,'' Wagner said. "We should have played threesomes early this morning - not that it would have made any difference with my round. But yeah, the last few holes I felt like we were just trying to finish. Of course, we wanted to finish. I didn't mean to sound like a baby there. I'm just furious.''
Steven Bowditch, another part of that four-way tie for second, took a lighter approach to the race against darkness.
"Yeah, this happens all the time,'' he said. "The darkness mixed in with trying to win a golf tournament. I've never been involved in that. It was fun. I enjoyed it, learned a few things and move on to next week.''
Across the pond
Jimmy Walker didn't win the tournament, but he won a nice prize with his second-place finish - a trip to the British Open.
His 183.75 FedExCup points raised him to 17th in the overall standings, and fourth among players not already exempt to the Open, played July 18-21.
The top five players among the overall top 20 won bids - Billy Horschel, Boo Weekley, Russell Henley, Walker and Harris English. Charles Howell III, who missed the cut Friday, stayed in the overall top 20 but was bumped out of the Open derby.
Blixt was too far behind in the points standings, only rising to 39th. But he still has a chance to get in the field as the top alternate, a list based on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Howell and others have one more chance at a golden ticket - a victory next week in the John Deere Open in Silvis, Ill.
The par-4 13th hole, which baffled most leaders Sunday, was the toughest with a 4.240 average. Of the par-5s, the 17th came in a little easier than the 12th, 4.758 to 4.764.
Bubba Watson boomed the week's longest drive, going 367 yards on the 10th on Sunday.
His chance for contention melted away on Saturday when he bogeyed the 12th through 15th to finish with a 73.
Eagles have been scored this week on three other par-4s, the fifth (Patrick Reed), 14th (Dickie Pride) and 16th (Paul Haley Jr.)
As he was ready to take his second shot, the winds suddenly kicked up, gusting to 30 mph or more. He tried to wait it out, gave up and hit into that wind and left it 83 feet short.
Seconds after that, the horn went off to stop play. Three hours later, he saved par.