21 Jun 2009

Barnes holds lead at US Open

4:20 pm on 21 June 2009

Ricky Barnes held a one-shot lead heading into a marathon Sunday at the US Open after firing a five-under-par 65 for a record 36-hole total of 132 at the rain-delayed tournament.

Barnes led fellow-American Lucas Glover by one stroke and faced the possibility of 36 holes at Bethpage Black on Sunday as he was among 16 golfers yet to tee off for the third round when action was suspended due to flooded greens.

Holder Tiger Woods, who won the 2002 Open played at Bethpage, was 11 shots back after posting a second-round 69 and making par to start his third-round hole teeing off from 10.

Sixty players made the cut set at four-over-par 144 after the 156-man field finally finished the second round on Saturday afternoon due to a backlog caused by storms that washed out the first round after just three hours and 15 minutes.

PGA Tour rookie Barnes, the 2002 U.S. amateur champion who had an opening 67 on Friday, came back Saturday to birdie three of the nine holes he had left in his second round to go eight under par in the rain-marred tournament.

His 132 total was one lower than the old U.S. Open mark shared by eventual winner Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh at Olympia Fields in 2003.

Canadian Mike Weir, the 2003 U.S. Masters winner who led after the first round, was on 134 after a 70.

Tied for fourth on 137 were Peter Hanson of Sweden (71), Japan's Azuma Yano (65) and American David Duval (70), the former world number one who has not won in eight years.