First-Timers Lead Kemper as Play is Suspended


It could be another first-timer who takes home the Kemper Open title.
Darkness forced the suspension of the second round at the TPC at Avenel in Potomac, Md. The day was marred by a two-hour, 40-minute rain delay.
However, the distractions didnt stop Bradley Hughes from tying a career best on the PGA Tour. Bradley fired an 8-under-par 63 to take a one-shot lead at 9-under over Lee Porter (68) and Frank Lickliter (65)
Hughes, Porter and Lickliter are all in search of their first PGA Tour title.
But just behind them lies Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, who has seven top-three finishes this season, carded a 67 to move to 7-under-par through two rounds.
Mickelson is currently tied for fourth place with Jeff Julian (66), Kazuhiko Hosokawa (65), Dan Forsman (67), Chris DiMarco (70) and Brent Schwarzrock, who has completed 13 holes in his second round.
Hughes has five victories in his native Australia. Friday, he played his first ten holes in 6-under before thunder stopped play at 3:05 p.m.
Hughes, who finished just before play was called, could barely read the greens because of the dark sunglasses he always wears. He said his eyes couldnt adjust to taking them off.
Im so used to wearing them, he said. Ive worn sunglasses playing for seven, eight years.
Mickelson finished well before the siren sounded; that gave him plenty of time to assess his play through 36 holes.
I feel as though Ive lost four to six shots per round when I should have been able to separate myself from the field, he said. I feel like the last few tournaments I should not have let anybody even have a chance to catch me.
Second-round play will resume Saturday morning; the third round will begin upon its conclusion.
Full-field scores from the Kemper Insurance Open