Zach attack nearly halted at rain-delayed Texas Open

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Defending champion Zach Johnson matched the La Cantera course record with a 10-under 60 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead in the suspended third round of the rain-soaked Texas Open in San Antonio, Texas.

Johnson holed out from 84 yards for an eagle on the par-4 seventh and had eight birdies on the soggy course in the round interrupted by a five-hour rain delay. He tapped in for par on 18 seconds after the horn blew and darkness suspended play.

Paul Goydos and three-time champion Justin Leonard were 12 under through 12 holes. They'll resume the round this morning.

"I hit a lot of quality shots. I think I had to get up and down twice for par," Johnson said.

"I don't think I missed a green on the backside."

Johnson wore his sunglasses down to the end as dusk turned to dark, having to peer over them on the tee box at No. 18 before pushing them right back on his face. He needed just 11 holes to erase a seven-stroke deficit after waiting until nearly 4:25 p.m. local time to start his round.

An afternoon storm dumped more than 50 millimetres of rain, causing the longest delay on the PGA Tour this year. Fourteen players, including Calgary's Stephen Ames, will finish the round today before starting the final 18, when they'll re-pair.

Marc Leishman and were Scott Sterling were at 11-under when play was suspended. Leishman had one hole left, and Sterling will resume at 15.

Risdon part of six-pack on Nationwide

Six Canadians, including Strathmore's Dustin Risdon, are in the hunt at the 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am Leaderboard in the Carolinas.

After three rounds at the Nationwide Tour stop worth $700,000, Canucks Jon Mills and Ian Leggatt sit tied for 13th at 11-under. Austrailia's Michael Sim is on top at 20-under.

Risdon, along with fellow Canadian David Morland IV, heads into today's final round with an 8-under 207 total.

David Hearn and Jim Rutledge are a shot further back at 7-under.


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