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Vegas cools off at Barbasol as third round gets halted

Reuters

Jhonattan Vegas looks over a birdie putt in the second round of the Barbasol Championship in Auburn, Alabama, on Friday.

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Jhonattan Vegas cooled off along with the Alabama temperatures on Saturday at the Barbasol Championship, where his six-stroke lead was cut in half before the third round was halted due to bad weather.

The Venezuelan leader, who fired a 60 to take command one day earlier, struggled through 13 holes, dropping one shot to slip to 16-under for the tournament before thunderstorms forced the suspension of play.

More than half the field were forced to finish their third round yesterday morning, with officials still hoping to complete the fourth round on time at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika.

Vegas, 31, had 23 holes to play yesterday as he pursues his second career PGA Tour win and first in more than five years.

Australian Aaron Baddeley is in hot pursuit at 13-under 200 after a seven-under-par 64. He punctuated his round by chipping in from behind the green on the 18th for a third straight birdie.

“To chip in on the last was a little bonus. I played real solid all day,” Baddeley said.

David Toms was also 13-under with Baddeley, after picking up four strokes in 14 holes.

Six players were tied at 11-under.

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