CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Ian Baker-Finch appears all but certain of reaching the final round of The International -- if the weather allows the final round to be reached.
For the second time in as many days, thunderstorms yesterday caused an overnight delay in play.
Seventy-two men -- including PGA champion John Daly -- still were on the course when darkness fell on the Castle Pines Golf Club and extended second-round play into today. They were scheduled to return at 7 a.m. to complete the second round -- complete with the probable playoff for the final few qualifying spots -- before third-round play later in the day.
That timetable, of course, is subject to change by the weather. The forecast called for more thunderstorms through tomorrow.
With the schedule in disarray and the second round incomplete, very little could be determined with any degree of certainty concerning the leaders, contenders or -- more importantly -- the qualifiers in this survivors-only event with the peculiar scoring system.
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BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Tour rookie Brandie Burton and Australian Jane Crafter shot 5-under-par 67s yesterday to share the first-round lead in the rain-interrupted event.
Burton made seven birdies and finished in style, making a 25-foot sand shot on her last shot of the day.
Local favorite Jody Anschutz, a three-time Minnesota state high school champion at Edina, and Baltimorean Tina Barrett shot 68s. Ann Walsh, Dee Dee Lasker, Alison Munt, Laurie Rinker and Diana Rauch all were two shots back at 69.
Defending champion Beth Daniel was 1-over after eight holes when rain suspended play for 2 hours and 19 minutes. She finished with an even-par 72.
Play was suspended a second time because of darkness at 8:17 p.m. CDT, with 12 golfers still on the course. They'll finish the second round today, after which the 144-player field in the 54-hole tournament will be cut to the 70 lowest scores and ties.
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KENMORE, Wash. -- Chi Chi Rodriguez, the leading money-winner on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 9-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead.
Rodriguez was two shots ahead of Jim Ferree, 60, who eagled the first and last holes in a round of 65. Gibby Gilbert was third after a 66 on the 6,440-yard Inglewood Country Club course.
Defending champion George Archer and two-time winner Bruce Crampton were among seven players tied at 4-under 68. Mike Hill, DeWitt Weaver, Bob Brue, Jim O'Hern and Dick Hendrickson also carded 68s.
Rodriguez says he's still recovering from his recent loss to Jack Nicklaus in the playoff for the U.S. Senior Open title.
Rodriguez, who has won $528,960 this year, birdied the first two holes and was 4-under after seven holes on the hilly Inglewood layout.
Bernard Wydo of Uniontown, Pa., and John Kingora recorded par-matching 71s to share the first-round lead in the 28th Western Maryland Amateur at Oakland Country Club. Defending champion Jack Forbes, a seven-time winner from Morgantown, W.Va., and Jamie Kreyenbuhl of Savannah, Ga., were a shot back at 72.
Gerald Lee of Turf Valley Country Club, runner-up in the Middle Atlantic Junior championship earlier in the week, posted a 2-over 74, and April Hardesty of Caroline Country Club had a 95, to lead the Boys and Girls divisions of the Middle Atlantic PGA's Northern Chapter Junior championship at Pine Ridge Golf Course.