David Toms finished his first round yesterday morning with a double bogey. By the end of another day cut short by rain at the NEC Invitational, it wasn't the worst thing that could have happened.
Dropping two shots gave him an earlier start for the second round, and Toms finished his 4-under 66 just ahead of a downpour that made Firestone South unplayable and left Toms as the clubhouse leader in Akron, Ohio.
He was at 5-under 135, three shots behind Stewart Cink.
Cink played eight holes in the morning to polish off a 7-under 63. He was at 8 under and facing a 25-foot birdie putt downstream on the 11th hole when play was suspended.
"I guess that double put me in a position to be able to finish," Toms said. "Other than my last hole this morning, I got on a roll and played solid golf all day. I just did get finished, and it got pretty nasty out there on the last hole."
The PGA Tour decided to wait until the first round was completed before issuing new tee times, and only 24 players finished the second round. It shouldn't matter by the end of the week. The forecast was for dry, cool weather the final two days.
Tiger Woods looks like he'll hang onto his No. 1 ranking for at least another week -- not because he's playing great, but the guys who have a chance to catch him are showing signs of a letdown following a tough week in contention at Whistling Straits.
* PGA: Rookie Vaughn Taylor birdied three holes down the stretch for a second straight bogey-free 67 and the second-round lead at the rain-delayed Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nev.
Taylor was at 10-under 134, two strokes ahead of hometown favorite Scott McCarron, Hunter Mahan and Joe Ogilvie -- who holed out for an eagle 2 from 186 yards for a 64, moving to 8-under 136.
About half the 132-player field is scheduled to return this morning to complete the second round at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
* LPGA: Suzann Pettersen sidestepped a persistent downpour and a long list of challengers to take a one-shot lead at the Wendy's Championship for Children in Dublin, Ohio.
More than an inch of rain pounded the Tartan Fields Golf Club throughout the day, suspending play late in the afternoon -- as was the case in the first round. The round was called off after another delay, and the 69 players who did not complete their rounds will return this morning to do so.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mark Lye birdied five of his first eight holes and finished with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.
* U.S. AMATEUR: Ryan Moore moved into the semifinals with a 3-and-2 victory over Jason Hartwick at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Moore will play Jeff Overton in today's semifinals.