Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kuchar leads suspended Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Matt Kuchar hoped to finish his second round Friday at Colonial. He ended up with the lead — and a very early wakeup call.

Kuchar had only three holes to complete in what was a bogey-free round of the PGA Tour event, his ball already on the 16th green. He was at 10 under and described the conditions as "just perfect right now."

But Kuchar was among 54 still on the course when play was suspended because of an impending storm system. The round will resume at 7:15 a.m. today.

"That's a bit of a bummer," Kuchar said. "It's no fun to wake up at 4:30 to get out here and play three holes."

At least Kuchar has the lead, by one stroke over Graham DeLaet. He shot 3-under 67 in a morning round completed before a 2-hour, 10-minute lightning delay to get to 9-under 131.

First-round leader Ryan Pal­mer, the Colonial member who shot 62 on Thursday, was at 8 under after playing 12 holes at par. Steve Flesch (64), 19-year-old Jordan Spieth (67) from nearby Dallas and Josh Teater (67) finished rounds at 8 under.

Flesch's matched the best completed round of the day and will end his string of missed cuts at 16 dating to October 2011. The 2004 Colonial champ missed the cut in all 12 of his starts last year before right shoulder surgery in August and is in his third event this year. He is playing on a non-exempt major medical extension and must earn $647,510 over his next four events, including this one, to keep it.

"I'm … just glad to actually play on the weekend now," Flesch said. "I was actually cruising.

"Then I got that delay, and I kind of lost all of my rhythm. It's like starting your whole round over. My swing didn't feel very well on those last three (holes)."

Friends share lead at first Champions major

ST. LOUIS — Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry, longtime friends from Kentucky, shot 5-under 66 to share the second-round lead at the Senior PGA Championship.

They sat at 7-under 135, two ahead of Kiyoshi Murota (70) at Bellerive. Jay Haas (72) and Duffy Waldorf (72), the first-round co-leaders, and Loren Roberts (68) were three back.

Perry had five birdies and no bogeys, helped by a handful of drives of 300-plus yards.

Cochran, who tied for seventh at the 1992 PGA Championship on the same course, had five birdies in a span of six holes and seven in all. They included the 477-yard par 4 at No. 10, which features a creek guarding the green, when he hit a 5-iron to about 4 feet.

"I kind of felt like I hit the lottery a little bit," Cochran said. "Any time you birdie that hole, you really feel like you've done something good."

LPGA: Heather Bowie Young made five straight birdies to share the first-round lead of the rejiggered Bahamas Classic with Silvia Cavalleri. Flooding this week left much of the course under water. So the LPGA devised a 12-hole course (three rounds would give the tour its minimum 36 holes for an official event) with a par-45. (See 1C) Bowie Young and Cavalleri were at 6-under 39, a shot ahead of four others, but 27 players failed to finish the round.

Kuchar leads suspended Colonial 05/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'


    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

    Former Tampa Bay Lightning player center Brian Boyle (24), on the ice during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on March 16, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.