The best part of Patrick Sheehan's day was playing with Ian Leggatt and Chris Riley through the tall pines, thin air, and steep hills of the Rocky Mountains -- before the rains came.
``When you got two guys that you really like . . . it was a good group for me because everybody talks to each other and you're telling jokes," Sheehan said. ``We all played pretty well [Thursday] and it just continued [yesterday]. Everybody's in a good mood. A guy makes a couple birdies and you just follow him up."
Sheehan piggybacked on Leggatt's incredible second round to take the lead at the halfway mark of the International at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo.
Half the field of 140 was still on the course when a heavy thunderstorm caused a delay of more than 3 1/2 hours. Many of the golfers will have to return early this morning to try to make the cut.
Sheehan's five birdies offset his two bogeys and gave him 8 points for the day and 18 for the tournament, the only stop on the PGA Tour that uses the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards 2 points for a birdie, 5 for an eagle, and 8 for a double eagle. One point is deducted for a bogey, 3 for a double bogey or worse.
Leggatt is one back after firing a 13. He recovered from a double bogey on his first hole to sink three birdies and two eagles. Riley posted his second straight 6-point round.
Also in the hunt were Sergio Garcia, who scored 10 points to bring his total to 16; David Howell, who had 5 points to get to 14; and Harrison Frazar, who had his second straight 7.
Stewart Cink, Tom Pernice Jr., and Jeff Gove were at 13 when the bad weather hit.
LPGA -- A day after matching the tournament record with an 8-under-par 64, Angela Stanford fired a 70 to maintain her three-shot lead after two rounds of the Canadian Women's Open in London, Ontario.
Cristie Kerr and Jee Young Lee were tied for second after 70s, Canadian star Lorie Kane (70) was another stroke back, and Pat Hurst (71) and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (73) were 4 under on the London Hunt and Country Club course.
Stanford missed a short par putt on the par-3 13th for her lone bogey in 36 holes. The 28-year-old Texan got back to 10 under with a birdie on the par-5 fourth and closed with five pars.
Ladies European Tour -- Lorena Ochoa broke Annika Sorenstam's course record by a stroke with an 8-under 65 to share the second-round lead with the Swede at the Scandinavian TPC in Stockholm.
Ochoa, who started on the 10th hole, and Sorenstam were 9-under 137. Ochoa, ranked second in the world behind Sorenstam, had eight birdies, one eagle, and two bogeys. Sorenstam shot a course-record 66 Thursday.
European PGA -- Spain's Ignacio Garrido had five birdies in 11 holes to jump into the clubhouse lead at 8 under with seven holes to play in the second round of the rain-soaked Dutch Open in Zaandvoort. Organizers suspended play after thundershowers twice delayed the second round.