Four Tied in Suspended BC Open

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Four players share the lead during the second round of the B.C. Open Friday as play was suspended due to darkness with half of the field still on the course.
 
There were three weather delays Friday that totaled close to five hours. The competitors who need to finish their second rounds will return to En-Joie Golf Club at 7:30 AM (ET) Saturday with the third round scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.
 
Pat Bates fired a 9-under 63 on Friday to share first place with Alex Cejka (66), Brett Quigley (65) and Steve Lowery, who is 4-under par through 11 holes of the second round. The group stands at 12-under par.
 
Steve Allan and John E. Morgan fashioned matching rounds of 7-under 65 to share fifth place at 11-under-par 133. Michael Bradley is alone in seventh place at minus-10.
 
Bates began on the back nine Friday and knocked a 3-wood to 10 feet to set up eagle at the 12th. He made a pair of nice up-and-down pars at 14 and 15, then holed a four-footer for birdie at the 16th.
 
Bates birdied the 18th, then sank a 25-footer for birdie at one, a 12-footer for birdie at two and a two-putt birdie at three to cap off four birdies in a row.
 
He parred the next two holes and then knocked an 8-iron to 15 feet to set up birdie at No. 6. Bates polished off his round with a 15-foot birdie putt at the ninth to post his lowest score of 2003.
 
'It was a career day,' said Bates, whose best score on the PGA Tour was a 62 in the second round of the 2002 John Deere Classic. 'You have to drive the ball well here. The greens are soft and have good speed now.'
 
Cejka opened with eight pars in a row Friday but sank a 10-footer for birdie at the ninth. He made it two in a row with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 10th and just missed birdie at No. 11.
 
Cejka collected back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 but had an even better birdie streak ahead of him. He kicked in a five-footer for birdie at 15, made an up-and-down birdie at the short par-4 16th and drained a 30-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th.
 
The 32-year-old stumbled into the clubhouse at 18. He drove into the trees on the right side and then chipped short. Cejka walked off the hole with a bogey and a share of the lead.
 
'I was pleased with how I played today,' said Cejka, who was a member of the European Tour before he joined the PGA Tour for the first time after finishing tied for second at the 2002 Qualifying Tournament. 'I believe I can win in the U.S. That's why I came here.'
 
Quigley birdied his second hole, the 11th at En-Joie, and added a 25-foot eagle putt at the 12th. He added birdies at 15 and 18 to make the turn at 5-under 30.
 
He missed a 12-footer for birdie at No. 2, but two-putted from 30 feet at the third to card a birdie. Quigley two-putted from 45 feet for another birdie at the par-5 eighth to join the group in first place.
 
'It was pretty easy today. I just have to find a way to do it more often,' said Quigley. 'I got off to a good start. The birdie and eagle on 11 and 12 got things going for me.'
 
Lowery, the overnight leader, started with a bogey at one but went 5-under over his next 10 holes. He elected to not finish the 12th hole and has 67 yards for his third shot at the par-5 hole.
 
Brian Gay (66) and Barry Cheesman (69) are in the clubhouse at 9-under-par 135. Robert Gamez is 5-under through 14 holes and stands at minus-9 for the championship.
 
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