Austin Shares Lead At Rain-Delayed Zurich Classic
AVONDALE, La. - Tampa native Woody Austin, Nicholas Thompson, Peter Lonard and Briny Baird topped the Zurich Classic leaderboard at 8 under Saturday when rain, lightning and thunder forced the suspension of third-round play. Play was stopped at 1:48 p.m., then called off for the day at 5:35 p.m. The 46 players unable to finish will try to complete the round this morning. Austin had seven holes to play, Thompson eight, Lonard 14 and Baird 15. John Senden was the leader in the clubhouse at 7 under after a 66.Andres Romero, Tim Petrovic, Steve Elkington and John Merrick also were 7 under. Austin was bothered by the delay. "I didn't get off to a great start, but made a couple of birdies to offset a kind of shaky start," Austin said. "Unfortunately for me, I had momentum on my side. I just birdied nine, 10, and 11 and now I've been stuck for the last four hours." Ochoa Shoots 4-Under 68, Leads Safeway By 1 SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Lorena Ochoa moved into position for her second straight Safeway International victory and second win in three starts this year, shooting a 4-under 68 to take the third-round lead. After outdueling Angela Stanford on Saturday, Ochoa will be paired with Jee Young Lee today. "It'll be a fun day," said Ochoa, a stroke ahead of Stanford and Lee. Stanford followed bogeys on 13 and 14 with two finishing birdies for a 70. Lee shot her third consecutive 67. At 16-under 200, Ochoa matched the best 54-hole total since the tournament moved to Superstition Mountain five years ago. Annika Sorenstam also was 16 under in 2004 on her way to a course record 18-under 270, matched last year by Ochoa. CHAMPIONS: At Palm Coast, Bernhard Langer birdied his first two holes at the Ocean Hammock Golf Club, then avoided the mistakes that plagued his closest rivals in the Ginn Championship. The two-time Masters champion was one of only two players without a bogey on the windy Oceanside course. He shot a 6-under 66 to reach 11-under 133 and move two strokes ahead of career club pro Lonnie Nielsen (69). Fred Funk (69), tied with Langer with three holes to play, made a bogey at No. 16 and a double bogey at No. 17 to fall into third at 8 under. PGA EUROPEAN: At Puerto Banus, Spain, defending champion Lee Westwood shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead against three players after the third round at the Andalucia Open. Westwood had birdies at the first five holes to move to the top of the leaderboard at 12-under 204.