Duo Leads in Weather-Hampered Scotland


Paul Lawrie joined Paul McGinley for the lead Saturday afternoon at the Dunhill Links Championship, but again, foul weather took the top story, as rain, mist and fog forced some five hours of delays and ultimately saw none of the 156 competitors complete their third rounds.
Play was postponed early at the St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Clubs due to the adverse morning conditions, and then underwent several delays once it finally started throughout the day.
As a result, professionals and their amateur partners will return to their respective places to finish the third round at 9:00am Sunday.
Then, weather permitting, the top-60 pros and the leading 20 amateurs will take to St. Andrews for the fourth and final round.
It is not anticipated that they will finish on Sunday, however, and a Monday finish is expected.
Lawrie, for one, couldnt have been more disgusted with the postponements on Day 3, as the 1999 Open champion was absolutely lighting up St. Andrews, the same place, incidentally, that he won his Claret Jug.
The Scot was 8-under through his first 12 holes of the day before darkness ultimately set in, and had joined overnight leader McGinley in the lead at 13-under-par.
McGinley was even-par through the 11 holes he had completed on Carnoustie, the more difficult of the two courses.
Meanwhile, four other golfers had gotten to the 10-under mark before the day was called.
David Howell, Peter OMalley and Brian Davis all reached the mark over the links of Carnoustie, while Ernie Els was playing St. Andrews on Saturday.
While none made it past the 11th hole in their respective rounds, they all will enter Sunday just three shots off the leading pace, and with plenty of golf left to make moves.
Also still in contention is Jamie Donaldson, who made it to 9-under through 13 holes at Carnoustie, while Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington were two of five players at minus-eight when play was halted for the day.
A record first-place prize of approximately $800,000 is on the line this week, and it will surely bring significant movements on the Order of Merit list and the World Rankings.
From the looks of things, however, it will have to wait until Monday for those changes to be made.
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