Thirty-three players were scheduled to complete their second rounds in the Kemper Insurance Open early Saturday morning; though, heavy rains delayed the start of play until 2:00 p.m. ET.
Officials opted to complete the second round on Saturday and try to play the final two rounds on Sunday.
Were going to get 72 holes in, said Pete Cleaves, the tournaments general chairman. Were going to have a lot of people out here tomorrow watching pretty good golf. Itll be wet golf, but these guys can still play.
Bradley Hughes of Australia is leading with way in Potomac, Md. Hughes fired an 8-under-par 63 just before play was suspended by darkness Friday, a day that included a 2-hour, 40-minute thunderstorm delay.
At 9-under for the tournament, Hughes is one shot clear of Lee Porter (68) and Frank Lickliter (65). Seven players share fourth place at 7-under, including Phil Mickelson, who posted a second-round 67 before the Friday showers.
Mickelson has seven top-three finishes this season, but only one win. Meanwhile, Hughes, Porter and Lickliter are all in search of their first career tour title.
Eight weeks ago, players were forced to endure a 36-hole Sunday at the BellSouth Classic. Scott McCarron prevailed with rounds of 72-73.
The Kemper has never been shortened by weather since the tournament began in 1968. However, more than 10 inches of rain have fallen on the TPC at Avenel in less than a week, and Sundays forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The third round will begin at 7:00 a.m., with players going off on split tees. Sixty-five players made the cut, which fell at 1-under-par 141.
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*Mark Hensby bent his putter Friday after he missed a three-foot putt on his last hole. Since he wasn't allowed to replace the club in mid-round, the Australian had to play his final four holes Saturday using his pitching wedge as a putter. He made birdie putts of 30 and 12 feet to move to 3-under for the tournament.
Full-field scores from the Kemper Insurance Open