Two share lead at Turning Stone

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VERONA, N.Y. -- Rory Sabbatini and Omar Uresti posted seven- under 65s Thursday and they share the lead with the first round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship suspended due to darkness.

There was a two-hour, 43-minute weather delay earlier Thursday due to thunderstorms. Play was suspended for the night at 8:02 p.m. (et) with 24 players left on the course.

Those 24 will resume the first round at 7:40 a.m. Friday, while the second round at Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort will start as scheduled at 7:10 a.m.

Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Brian Davis and Alex Cejka all carded 66s and share third place. They were joined there by Chris Tidland, who is minus-six through 16 holes.

Sabbatini played the back nine first on Thursday and got his scoring going right away as he sank a six-footer for birdie at the 10th. He came right back with a 16-foot birdie putt on 11 and made it three in a row with a two-putt birdie on the par-five 12th. That final birdie came after the weather delay.

The South African left himself 15 feet for birdie on the 14th and converted that. He made it two straight with a three-foot birdie putt on 15.

Sabbatini, whose last win was last year at the Byron Nelson Championship, was quickly five-under through six holes.

However, he parred five straight around the turn. Sabbatini kicked-in a two- footer for birdie on three. After a pair of pars, he converted his final birdie chance, from 25 feet, on the sixth.

"Obviously that little bit of rain we had early on this morning kind of softened the conditions up, so it made it pretty easy to be aggressive, especially to some of those pins out there," said Sabbatini, who hit all 18 green in regulation.

The 65 for Sabbatini was his best round since he fired a 63 in the final round of the SBS Championship, which helped him finish second, his best finish of the season.

Uresti rolled in a birdie effort from just over 12 feet on the second to start his scoring. He parred the next four holes, before making a birdie from inside five feet at the seventh after coming back from the weather delay.

Around the turn, Uresti sank a five-footer for birdie on 10, then converted back-to-back birdie efforts from the 12th to move to minus-five.

Uresti dropped in a 12-footer for birdie at 16 and a 20-footer for birdie at 17 to grab a share of the lead.

"I was on six green when they stopped play and was kind of in a decent groove," Uresti stated. "I was hitting it pretty good and actually rolling it well, but I'd only made one birdie at that point. When I went back out, I was pretty relaxed."

Jonathan Byrd carded a five-under 67 and he was joined in a share of eighth place by Michael Bradley, Chris Couch, Jason Dufner, Tim Wilkinson and John Mallinger. Steve Wheatcroft also stands at minus-five through 16 holes.

NOTES: This is the third straight year there has been a suspension of play during this event...Matt Kuchar, the 2009 champion, is playing at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational...Brendon de Jonge, the highest ranked player in the FedEx Cup point standings at No. 20, opened with a two-under 70 and is tied for 40th.


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