WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Of all the brilliant writers of the past, perhaps it was Dr. Suess who best captured Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic.
"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day."
OK, so maybe it wasn't cold. But we sat and we sat, like that Cat in the Hat. The rain was supposed to pass quickly, but it trudged along here for three hours.
The hope was we were in for another spectacular Sunday - ending around 6 p.m., with CBS beaming this beautiful West Virginia spot to the world. Each of the first three years such endings, before terrific galleries, saved the tournament storyline. Two playoffs and a carded 59.
And this Classic, perhaps more than the others, needed such an ending.
There were no Tiger Woods sightings. He skipped after invigorating ticket sales last year.
As in the past three years, Phil Mickelson, the runaway star sans Woods, the 12-1 favorite this year, failed to make the cut.
Also, perhaps expectedly, the crowds seemed thinner.
There were nice groupings around Mickelson, while he was here, and Bubba Watson, who finished 5 under. Some hearty souls stayed after the rains Sunday and were rewarded by a rainbow.
But the Classic needed a lightning strike. And not the kind it received.
The leaderboard was uninspiring. Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker and Jonas Blixt - the eventual winner - were your top three when the players were sent off the course at 1:50 p.m. because of "dangerous conditions."
Wagner had missed seven straight cuts. He'd had three birdies in his last two tournaments. And, in football-proud West Virginia, the Virginia Tech grad was decked out in Hokie colors of maroon and orange.
Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old with five top 10 finishes, was a breath of fresh air. He began Sunday in a tie for fourth before failing to record a birdie on Sunday. Davis Love III was hanging around.