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Rain delay dooms Day's shot at 50s

By Associated Press
Published June 26, 2004

POTOMAC, Md. - A 61 and a 62 were already in the books over two days at the Booz Allen Classic when Glen Day made a charge toward the 50s. Then the weather took over.

After a day-and-a-half of perfect conditions and impeccable greens that led to several course records, play was halted for nearly two hours late Friday by lightning and rain.

Day was 10 under for his round at the time, having holed a lob wedge from 88 yards for an eagle at the par-5 6th. He needed two birdies in his closing three holes to match the all-time PGA Tour record of 59.

All that time to think - plus the wind that had kicked up by the time he resumed - helped doom Day to a par-bogey-par finish. He shot 9-under 62 and 131 total, tied for fourth, three strokes behind Adam Scott, whose 14-under 128 set a 36-hole course record.

"I would have enjoyed playing the last three holes without a delay," Day said. "Now that's not saying that I may have had a chance to do something great or not, but it was there."

The siren that stopped play sounded as Day was finishing his swing at the tee on No. 7, and the shot landed in the rough. When he resumed he put his approach into a greenside bunker, but he nearly salvaged an improbable birdie when he hit the pin with his blast from the sand.

Day was in a bunker again after the wind messed with his choice of club on his approach to the par-4 8th, ending his run at history.

Scott, finishing well before the storm, also shot 62, and his 128 topped the 36-hole TPC at Avenel record of 130 set by Fred Funk in 1998. Two shots behind were Olin Browne and Charles Howell, who would have tied Funk's record had Scott not bettered them in a round in which he putted just 28 times and hit all 18 greens in regulation.

Scott paused more than once trying to remember all nine of his birdies.

"That's a nice problem to have," said the 23-year-old Australian, who won the Players Championship in March. "At the start of the week, I thought there were birdies out there. I think the guys are going to keep it going for the weekend."

LPGA: Candie Kung shot 68 and Kim Saiki 69, and they shared the lead after two rounds of the Rochester tournament at Pittsford, N.Y.

Becky Morgan was a stroke back at 136 after 67, and Rosie Jones (68) and Juli Inkster (69) were at 137. Annika Sorenstam shot 6-under 66, the day's best round, to move into sixth place, three shots behind the leaders.

PGA EUROPE: Ian Woosnam shot 2-under 69 and Jean-FranEcois Remesy had 67 to share the second-round lead at the French Open in Versailles. Richard Green had 70 and was alone in third at 4-under 138.

PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Purtzer shot 7-under 65 and held a one-stroke lead over John Harris at the Bank of America Championship.

Tom Kite, Rocky Thompson, Mike McCullough and Walter Hall all shot 67.

Dana Quigley shot 68 with nine birdies and five bogeys and was in a nine-way tie four strokes off the lead.

WIE ADVANCES: Defending champion Michelle Wie won two matches to advance to the fourth round at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. The 14-year-old from Hawaii beat Melissa Martin 3 and 1 in the second round, then defeated Curtis Cup teammate Jane Park 2 and 1 in the third round.

[Last modified June 26, 2004, 01:24:13]


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