Cotner on Top at Rheem Classic

By Sports NetworkApril 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Rheem ClassicFORT SMITH, Ark. -- Keoke Cotner sits atop the leaderboard in the third round of the suspended Rheem Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club. He is currently 12 under par and is one shot ahead of second-round leader Franklin Langham.
 
The third round was suspended for darkness, but once again weather was the problem. Due to a weather-related stoppage on Thursday, the tournament has been behind and the second round needed to be completed Saturday morning.
 
That was the plan until heavy storms washed out play Saturday morning. Nearly two inches of rain hammered the course and caused the golfers to wait six hours to play.
 
The second round finally ended and the third round began at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Only 18 players completed their third rounds and it is back to the course at 7:45 a.m. Sunday to finish the round.
 
The final round is slated to begin around 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
 
Cotner tallied four birdies and two bogeys through 11 holes of his third round. At the 11th, Cotner, Langham and Kelly Sellers elected to putt at the 11th after the horn sounded and all three missed birdie tries from inside 5 feet.
 
'Heck, I think we might have all been inside 3 feet,' said Cotner. 'I may have been thinking too much about the darkness, and coming back or not coming back instead of just focusing on the shot.'
 
Langham, who held a two-shot lead after a second-round 61, struggled in the third round. He collected two bogeys and a birdie through his 11 holes and is one behind Cotner.
 
'I didn't play too well,' admitted Langham. 'I started out being conservative. I needed to decide if I was going to play to lose or play to win. I got off to a slow start.'
 
Shane Bertsch has the best third round going. He is 6 under through 17 holes and is alone in third place at 9 under par.
 
Charley Hoffman is 3 under through 13 holes and is at 8 under for the championship. Justin Bolli matched his score through 12.
 
Jason Caron, Rafael Gomez, Jeff Hart and Sellers are knotted in sixth at minus-7.
 
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