Steady Bohn leads by three
He’s up halfway through 3d round
Jason Bohn had a three-stroke lead yesterday when third-round play in the weather-plagued Zurich Classic in Avondale, La., was suspended because of darkness.
Bohn, celebrating his 37th birthday, shot a 5-under-par 67 in the completion of the second round and was even par through six holes in the third.
“What I’m most excited about [is] how I’m just really focused and I’m very patient at what I’m trying to do,’’ Bohn said after completing the second round.
Greg Chalmers and Alex Cejka were tied for second at 9 under. Chalmers played seven holes in the third round, and Cejka completed six.
“I’m a little bit tired today,’’ Cejka said. “But I’m glad I got seven holes in or 6 1/2 and I’m 2 under par.’’
Kevin Sutherland, Greg Owen, John Senden, Jeff Overton, and Shaun Micheel were 8 under. Sutherland finished 11 holes, while the others were still on the front nine.
The rain and lightning that stopped play Friday and delayed it yesterday morning gave way to strong wind that gusted to more than 40 miles per hour by the afternoon.
“I’m going to say that the rain is what helped the golf course,’’ Bohn said. “It’s allowed us to play it with this wind and it’s still accessible. Without the rain, if you were to have this kind of wind with it as dry as it was on Thursday, it could be treacherous.’’
Third-round play was set to resume at 7:30 this morning. Bohn, the 2005 B.C. Open winner, will be looking for a birdie putt on the par-5 seventh.
Champions — Andy Bean and Lu Chien-soon teamed to shoot a better-ball 12-under 60 in a light, steady rain to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga.
Bean and Lu played the final 10 holes in 10 under to total 125 and pull ahead of Blaine McCallister and Bob Tway (63) and first-round co-leaders Nick Price and Mark O’Meara (64). John Cook and Joey Sindelar (65), who shared the first-round lead, were alone in fourth place at 127 heading into the final round. Ken Green and Mike Reid followed their first-round 67 with a 66, leaving them eight strokes back.
Bean and Lu started the day at 7 under, three shots out of the lead. Bean’s birdie from 8 feet at No. 9 got them to 10 under at the turn and started their charge up the leaderboard. Bean holed out from 126 yards with a 9-iron for an eagle at No. 10. The duo birdied every hole after that until the 18th, where they settled for par.
Tway eagled the 11th and used an 8-iron from 157 yards for a hole-in-one at No. 15. It was his seventh ace in a PGA Tour sponsored event.
European — Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a 2-under 70 to maintain his lead after the second round of the weather-shortened Ballantine’s Championship in Jeju, South Korea.
Fraser is at 9 under and a shot ahead of defending champion Thongchai Jaidee (67), Tano Goya (70), and Gareth Maybin (68). Ernie Els, looking for his third win this year, shot a 69 and is two strokes back.