AKRON, Ohio Tiger Woods had a two-shot lead at the NEC Invitational when storms approached and play was stopped for three hours. He returned to hit three full shots none of them good and fell into a tie for the lead Saturday when the third round was suspended.
After spending 10 hours during an on-again, off-again day at Firestone, Woods was tied with Kenny Perry at 7 under with three holes that he’ll have to finish Sunday.
Thanks to two birdie putts from off the green, Perry was 6 under for his round and facing a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a chance to shoot 63.
Paul McGinley of Ireland was another shot back through 15 holes, while Stuart Appleby reached the 667-yard 16th hole in two shots for the second time this week and was 5 under through 16 holes. Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal finished his round with a 66 and was the clubhouse leader at 4-under 206.
Woods was 4 under for his round and had a two-shot lead when the round was stopped the first time. He had a difficult flop shot from left of the par-3 15th green, and returned to hit it 10 feet past the hole. His par putt caught the right lip, and Woods walked off the green cursing beneath his breath.
He followed that with a drive into deep rough to the left of the 16th fairway.
PORTLAND, Ore. South Korea’s Soo-Yun Kang moved into position for her first victory in three full seasons on the LPGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway Classic.
Kang, a co-leader with Sung Ah Yim after a first-round 64, had a 12-under 132 total. Gloria Park and British Open winner Jeong Jang were 9 under.
Park also had a second-round 68 despite tendinitis and tennis elbow. With a 25-foot putt, Jang birdied her final hole, the par-4 ninth, to also finish with a 68.
Aree Song, four strokes back with defending champion Hee-Won Han, gained briefly on Kang, but was done in by a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole, and a bogey on No. 17. Yim was in a group five shots back.
RENO, Nev. Defending champion Vaughn Taylor opened a six-stroke lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open, birdieing four of his first five holes en route to an 8-under 64 and a tournament-record 21-under 195 total.
Taylor, who opened with rounds of 64 and 67 to set the 36-hole record, shattered the 54-hole mark of 201 that Jerry Kelly set in 2001 and moved into position to break the 72-hole record of 17 under set by Kirk Triplett in his 2003 victory.
The second-year player on the PGA Tour had eight birdies on Saturday at Montreux Golf and Country Club to bring his total to 24 over three days.
Todd Fischer, playing in his hometown, was second at 15 under after 69. He birdied the last five holes to overcome three early bogeys.
Jesper Parnevik (67) was another stroke back after chipping in from 40 feet for eagle on the par-5 17th. Aaron Baddeley (66), Jonathan Kaye (68) and Fredrik Jacobson (68) followed at 13 under.
Boeing Greater Seattle Classic
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. Former PGA Tour and USGA administrator David Eger shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead with Craig Stadler and Morris Hatalsky in the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic.
The leaders were at 12 under for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Brad Bryant, James Mason and John Harris.
Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe, D.A. Weibring and Don Pooley were 9 under, easily within striking distance going into the final round.
Eger, who earned a spot on the Champions Tour through qualifying school three years ago, hit an excellent approach on the 18th from 219 yards within 5 feet, setting up an eagle that got him to 12 under and briefly gave him the outright lead.
Hatalsky, who began the day in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard, missed a chance to grab the second-round lead outright when his 6-foot birdie attempt on the 18th green lipped just under the cup. He finish with his second straight 66.
Stadler, meanwhile, birdied the 18th for his eight birdie on the day and a second-day 65 after starting one stroke behind four leaders at 5 under. Pooley also shot a 64, tying Eger for the tournament’s lowest round so far.
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