Peter Malnati, playing while awaiting a potential call to leave town for the birth of his first child, held the Houston Open lead when the second round was suspended due to darkness Friday in Humble, texas.
Fifty-nine players have yet to complete the second round, which will resume Saturday morning.
Malnati shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday at the Golf club of Houston, leaving him at 10-under 134. Firstround co-leader
Talor Gooch is at 9-under through 14 holes of his second round.
three players share third place at 8-under.
austria’s Sepp Straka completed a 1-under 71 on Friday while Nick Watney is at 3-under for the round through 14 holes and Lanto Griffin is at 2-under through 13 holes.
the second round will conclude early Saturday morning before the start of the third round.
Malnati, 32, captured the 2016 Sanderson Farms championship, but his attempt to earn another title could be derailed by weightier family matters.
His wife, Alicia, who is in Knoxville, tenn., is due to deliver the child in two weeks, but Malnati is prepared in case the baby comes sooner.
“I’m fully on call,” Malnati said, according to Golfchannel.com.
“I didn’t know if I was going to come play here or not. (alicia is) always encouraging me to play and she has all the media officials’ phone numbers, so if someone has to come get me off the course this week, they will.”
Malnati said he told himself, “’dude, this is your last tournament before you become a dad, like do something with it.’”
He did something special at the start of his round Friday, beginning with consecutive birdies, then following a par with an eagle at No. 4 and a birdie at No. 5. Malnati added two more birdies the rest of the way in a bogey-free round.
On the 565-yard, par-5 fourth hole, Malnati knocked his 265-yard second shot to 22 feet of the pin, then sank the eagle putt.
“I was really pleased with the way I hit a lot of the putts in the wind,” he said.
Gooch also recorded an eagle on Friday, on the par-5 13th hole, but he followed it with consecutive bogeys to finish his first nine holes before adding a lone birdie on the day.
MALNATI Big lead