Hale Irwin led Canadian Dave Barr by a stroke yesterday when the third round of the Senior PGA Championship was suspended because of darkness in Louisville.
Tom Watson, Gil Morgan, Jay Haas, John Harris and Wayne Levi were two strokes back when play was suspended.
The players were scheduled to resume the round this morning, with the final round to follow.
Irwin, seeking his fourth victory in the tournament, topped the leader board at 6 under par with nine holes to play in the third round. He made nine straight pars in the third round after shooting a 2-under 69 earlier in the day.
"It's really hard to play in the dark. Let's go home and eat," said Irwin, who will turn 59 Thursday.
Barr birdied three of his last four holes last night to move into second place.
Irwin was one of 72 players who finished their first rounds last Thursday, then sat out Friday because of a flood delay triggered by more than an inch of overnight rain.
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures bathed the course yesterday.
Irwin started his second round on No. 10 and bogeyed the par-3 11th after hitting his tee shot in a bunker. He also bogeyed 13 and 16 before a birdie at the par-5 18th. He had four straight birdies on his back nine to surge to the lead.
"I look back at my round, and there were a lot of good shots and a lot of 'whoops' shots," said Irwin, who won three straight Senior PGAs from 1996 to '98.
* PGA: David Toms played so poorly the past two months that he could have gone home to Louisiana until he felt his surgically repaired left wrist was completely healed.
He's glad he didn't.
Toms, the defending champion, started the third round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis with a one-stroke lead over Vaughn Taylor and extended his advantage to seven strokes with a 6-under 65.
"I stuck it out, kept grinding every day, showing up on Tuesday, playing a practice round, playing my pro-am days and trying to work hard," Toms said. "And it's finally starting to pay off."
Now, the biggest challenge facing Toms as he tries to claim his first tournament since winning here last June might be the weather. Officials will send threesomes off the first and 10th tees today in an effort to finish by 4 p.m. and avoid expected severe thunderstorms.
* EUROPE: Angel Cabrera of Argentina shot a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead over Justin Rose of England and three others after three rounds of the Volvo PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England.
Cabrera was at 12-under 204. Rose, the second-round leader, shot a 72 and was at 205 with Sweden's Joakim Haeggman (70), South Africa's Darren Fichardt (68) and Scotland's Scott Drummond (68).
* LPGA: Michelle Estill rolled in a four-foot birdie putt at the 18th to gain a one-shot lead over Annika Sorenstam after three rounds at the Corning (N.Y.) Classic.