Day, Comp­ton share lead in Zurich

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Aus­tralian Ja­son Day and Erik Comp­ton shared the lead on Satur­day when the third round of the U.S. PGA Tour’s Zurich Clas­sic was halted by dark­ness.

Day, ranked sixth in the world, had seized a one-stroke half­way lead ear­lier Satur­day when he com­pleted a sec­ond-round 65 for a 12-un­der par to­tal of 132.

He was one-un­der par through three holes of the third round while Comp­ton vaulted into a share of the lead on 13-un­der par thanks to four birdies in his first five holes of the third round.

Af­ter weather de­lays on the first two days, third-round ac­tion was halted Satur­day for five hours and 43 min­utes by more storms.

Or­ga­niz­ers man­aged to get ev­ery­one un­der­way be­fore dark­ness fell, and in­sisted they hope to get a full 72 holes in and not shorten the event.

“Fifty- four holes is not in the mix,” said Slug­ger White, PGA Tour vice pres­i­dent of rules and com­pe­ti­tions.

If more de­lays ma­te­ri­al­ize on Sun­day, White said, “we would be here Mon­day.”

A late start would make for an ex­tra-quick turn­around for seven play­ers in the field who are sched­uled to com­pete in the World Golf Cham­pi­onships Match Play Cham­pi­onship that starts in San Fran­cisco on Wed­nes­day.

That group in­cludes Day, who birdied two of his fi­nal four holes in the sec­ond round on Satur­day morn­ing to move atop the leader­board.

He moved to 13-un­der for the tour­na­ment with a four-foot birdie at the sec­ond hole of the third round.

He had knocked his ap­proach at the par-four fourth to 31 feet when the horn sounded to stop play.

“A very pa­tient day,” the Aussie said. “We’ve had days like this on the PGA Tour be­fore, but ob­vi­ously, I haven’t had too many with the lead. It’s some­thing where I just need to keep stay­ing pa­tient.

“Ev­ery­one’s go­ing through this. I know there’s go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple frus­trated with how long the waits are, I can’t be one of those guys.”

Comp­ton, a two-time heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent, had two birdies over his fi­nal five holes of the sec­ond round to move within three strokes of the lead.

He opened the third round with a 21-foot birdie putt at the first, and af­ter the long de­lay birdied the sec­ond, fourth and fifth.

Blayne Bar­ber, David Hearn, Justin Rose and Jerry Kelly were one stroke off the lead at mi­nus-12. Bar­ber, who had played 11 holes, was the only one in the group to have made the turn.

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