Third Round Suspended Due To Darkness


The third round of The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open was suspended due to darkness and will resume early Sunday morning with tournament officials hoping for another day of good weather.
Friday's play was halted because of rain and threats of lightning which pushed back the second round to Saturday morning. After the cut was made, those low on the leaderboard went right back out to start their third rounds.
The final six threesomes, which include the leader, Scotland's Paul Lawrie, will have to wait until Sunday before beginning their third rounds. Officials intend, weather permitting, to get 36 holes in Sunday.
Lawrie finished atop the leaderboard after completing his second round and stands at 12-under-par, two strokes ahead of England's John Bickerton and Australia's Richard Green.
The 1999 British Open champion looks poised to collect his first title of the year and his first since last year's Dunhill Links Championship on his home turf in Scotland.
'The prospect of 36 holes tomorrow wouldnt worry me. Ive been doing weights and working out in the gym and I feel fit enough, quoted an eager Lawrie.
Green, a 31-year-old left-hander, held the first-round lead and shot a 69 in the second round to go with Thursday's low 65, and sits at minus 10.
Bickerton posted back-to-back 67s and hopes to make a run at Lawrie and improve on his three career runner-up finishes.
Two players were actually able to squeeze in their third rounds before darkness, Italy's Emanuele Canonica and Englishman Iian Ferrie. Ferrie is at 3-over-par for the week, and Canonica, at 3-under is the clubhouse leader, for the night at least.
Full-field scores from The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open