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Grace Finch lead as darkness halts Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG (AP)—South Africa’s Branden Grace and England’s Richard Finch were in front by one stroke at the Joburg Open on Saturday before the thirdround was stopped because of darkness.

Grace had played 15 holes of his third round and Finch was through 14,leaving both at 15 under par. South Africa’s George Coetzee was 14 under through14 holes to trail by a shot.

Canada’s Andrew Parr and South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt shared theclubhouse lead at 12-under 203 at the European Tour event. Two-time defendingchampion and Masters winner Charl Schwartzel missed the cut earlier in the day.

The second event of the new season is trying to catch up after losing timeThursday and Friday because of thunderstorms. Play was incomplete for the thirdstraight day at Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, meaning 27 of 67 playersmust finish their third rounds early Sunday.

Grace made five birdies in his 15 holes to move into a share of thetournament lead. Finch had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys in hisincomplete round.

Parr had eight birdies in an 8-under 64 on the East Course. Van der Walt wasalongside him after six birdies and just one slip, a bogey at the par-4 No. 3.

Schwartzel bogeyed No. 17 in his second round on the way to 3-under 141 tojust miss out at his home tournament. The cut was at 4 under. Retief Goosen ,two-time winner of the U.S. Open, was tied for 10th at 10 under after completing15 holes of his third round.