Chris DiMarco had four birdies to complete his first round, then added nine more in the second for 31 points and a six-point lead yesterday before play was halted because of darkness at the International in Castle Rock, Colo.
At this rate, DiMarco might be able to skip a hole or two in the final round and still finish with enough points to win under the tournament's modified Stableford scoring system.
"I've always said my goal is to have enough points when I finish the 17th hole to just walk in," DiMarco said. "Just finish, walk off 17 and just kind of wave to everybody as I'm going down 18."
Rain and lightning ended Thursday's first round, forcing half the field to return yesterday for up to 33 holes at hilly Castle Pines Golf Club. Two more rounds of storms hit yesterday, setting up another marathon day for 72 players. The second round will be completed this morning and the top 70 plus ties will continue on to the third round.
First-round leader Rod Pampling was second with 25 points through 11 holes of the second round. Bob Tway and Geoff Ogilvy each had 18 points and Olin Browne tied the tournament record with 10 birdies in an 18-point second round, good for fourth place.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler and Tom Purtzer carded 8-under-par 64s and shared the first-round lead at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.
Sammy Rachels birdied five of the first seven holes and finished tied with Tom Kite at 65. Defending champion Wayne Levi birdied the last three holes and was alone in fourth place at 6 under at TPC of the Twin Cities.
Hale Irwin is in contention after a 5-under 67. Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench shot an 89, and Arnold Palmer, who teamed with Tom Lehman to design the TPC course, opened with a 92.
* LPGA TOUR: Meg Mallon and Angela Jerman thrived before swirling winds hampered play during the second round of the Jamie Farr Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Playing early in the day, Mallon and Jerman shared the lead at 7-under 135.
Mallon, who won the U.S. Open last month, put together a 69 that included a double-bogey on the par-3 6th hole and an eagle on the par-5 17th. Jerman, a second-year pro who has never led an LPGA event, had five birdies and two bogeys for a 68.
Brandie Burton was alone in third, a shot back, after a 69. Karrie Webb had a 68 and was tied for fourth with first-round leader Karen Stupples.
Defending champion Se Ri Pak shot a 72 that left her three shots back in sixth place.
* WOMEN'S HP OPEN: Janice Moodie of Scotland and Becky Morgan of Wales shot 2-under 70s for the second straight day for a share of the lead after two rounds in Stockholm.
Carin Koch is third at 3 under after a 70. Annika Sorenstam, a three-time winner of the event, shot a par 72 and is two shots off the lead at 2 under.