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Jhonattan Vegas leads suspended Barbasol Championship


AP
10:39 p.m. EDT July 16, 2016

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas’ lead was down to three strokes Saturday when rain finally stopped third-round play in the Barbasol Championship.

Six shots ahead after a course-record 11-under 60 on Friday, Vegas was 1 over for the round and 16 under overall playing the par-4 14th when play was stopped on Grand National’s Lake Course.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan Olympic qualifier failed to qualify for the British Open and has only past champion status — he won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic for his lone tour title — on the PGA Tour. The winner Sunday will get a two-year exemption and a spot in the PGA Championship, but will not be exempt for the Masters.

David Toms and Aaron Baddeley were 13 under.

Play resumed at about 3 p.m. after a 90-minute delay and was stopped for the day at about 5:15 p.m. About 1 1/2 inches of rain fell Saturday on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail facility.

The 49-year-old Toms was 4 under for the day with four holes left.

Baddeley shot a 64, chipping in on the par-4 18th for his third…

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