Wayne Levi made four birdies just before the second round was suspended because of darkness yesterday and held a one-shot lead in the rain-delayed Senior PGA Championship in Louisville.
Levi, 52, was one of 72 players who completed his first round late at Valhalla Golf Club yesterday afternoon. Levi shot an opening 69, then made the four birdies through the first 11 holes of his second round to move to 6 under par.
Gil Morgan was 5 under through nine holes on his second round when a horn signaled the end of play at 8:44 p.m. EDT. Hale Irwin and Tom Watson, among 78 players who did not begin their second rounds yesterday, were another stroke back.
First-round co-leader Jay Haas, in his Champions Tour debut, bogeyed two of his last four holes yesterday and was one of three players at 3 under.
"Overall, I can't be more pleased," said Haas, who turned 50 in December.
Haas and Morgan, who completed their first rounds yesterday, matched the 4-under 67s shot by Irwin and Watson on Thursday.
The second round was scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. EDT today. PGA officials were hoping to complete the third round as well.
Heavy rain has hampered the tournament since Wednesday afternoon, when a thunderstorm postponed practice rounds.
A powerful storm struck Thursday night and Floyd's Fork, the creek that runs through the course, spilled over its banks. Several fairways flooded and grassy parking lots turned into mud pits.
Course superintendent Mark Wilson said the course has absorbed more than five inches of rain this week, but the playing areas have sustained no serious damage.
However, on Friday morning, many spectator areas and tents were swamped, and some television satellite trucks were surrounded by water in a low-lying parking area. Divers tied ropes to flooded cars for a tow truck to pull them out.
Sunny skies the rest of the day aided cleanup efforts, and play finally resumed at 4:30 p.m.
* PGA: David Toms turned in his best round this year with an 8-under 63 that helped the defending champion lead Vaughn Taylor by a stroke after the second round of the St. Jude Classic at the TPC at Southwind in Memphis.
Toms carded six birdies and an eagle for his 10th straight round in the sixties here and a 12-under 130.
"It seems the more I've played this tournament, the better I've played. The last few years it's been good to me," Toms said.
Taylor, who had never led a round in a PGA Tour event before Thursday, did his best to keep pace with a bogey-free 65.
Ben Crane was third, five strokes back, after a 65 followed by a four-way tie at 136 with John Daly (65), Tim Herron (64), Paul Stankowski (69) and Ted Purdy (64).
* LPGA: Just hours after Annika Sorenstam seemed ensured the second-round lead at the Corning (N.Y.) Classic after an impressive 5-under 67, Michelle Estill shot a stunning 64 and was one stroke in front of the Swedish star.
Estill was at 13-under 131, one stroke better than the 36-hole record set last year by Lorie Kane and Catriona Matthew. Sorenstam was alone in second, four shots ahead of 2001 Corning champion Carin Koch, who had a 68.
Playing in only her fourth tournament of the year, Estill had five birdies and a bogey for a 31 to match the tournament record on the back nine.
* EUROPE: Justin Rose shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Ernie Els and three others in the second round of the Volvo PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England. The 23-year-old Englishman, who led the Masters after two rounds in April, was ahead of Phillip Price (65), Darren Clarke (67), Els (71) and Joakim Haeggman (67).