FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kuchar was hoping he would be able to finish his second round Friday night at Colonial. He ended up with the lead – and a very early wakeup call.
Kuchar had only three holes to complete in what so far was a bogey-free round, with his ball already on the 16th green. He was at 10 under and described the conditions as just perfect right now.
But Kuchar was among 54 players still on the course when play was suspended at Hogan’s Alley because of an impending storm system. The 18 groups that didn’t finish are scheduled to resume the second round at 7:15 a.m. today, just more than 12 1/2 hours after coming off the course.
At least Kuchar has the lead, by one stroke over Graham DeLaet, the Canadian who shot a 67 in a morning round.
LPGA: In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Heather Bowie and Silvia Cavalleri were tied for the lead at 6-under 39, which by numbers alone broke the LPGA scoring record by 20 shots. Not to worry.
Severe flooding earlier in the week left much of the Ocean Club under water. The LPGA decided to use the holes that were available, and two of those holes had to be converted into par 3s, turning it into a 12-hole, par-45 course.
Twenty-seven players failed to finish the round. The day ended with Na Yeon Choi sprinting to the final hole so her group could tee off before the horn sounded to stop play because of darkness. That’s not unusual. What was different was the routing. She was on the third green, and the final hole in the setup was No. 8, meaning Choi had to run around a lake, through some vegetation, behind the seventh green and across a dirt path.
CHAMPIONS: In St. Louis, Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry each shot 5-under 66 to share the second round lead in the Senior PGA Championship.
The longtime Kentucky friends were 7 under at Bellerive Country Club in the major championship. They will play together for the third straight day today.
Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota was two strokes back after a 70. Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf, tied for the lead after the first round, matched Loren Roberts at 4 under. Roberts had a 68, and Haas and Waldorf shot 72.
EUROPEAN PGA: In Virginia Water, England, Rory McIlroy was one of five 2012 European Ryder Cup players to miss the cut Friday in the BMW PGA Championship, while Medinah teammate Francesco Molinari took the lead at cold and wet Wentworth, shooting a 68 to take a one-stroke lead at 6 under.