Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Weiskopf Leads by 2 in Senior Open

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Weiskopf Leads by 2 in Senior Open

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Tom Weiskopf, undaunted after a rain delay of nearly four hours, had four birdies and 10 pars over 14 holes Saturday before darkness suspended play in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open in Bethesda, Md.

Weiskopf moved to 10 under par and held a 2-shot lead over Isao Aoki when play was halted with 10 golfers still on the Congressional Country Club course. Aoki, who completed 16 holes, moved into contention with a string of five consecutive birdies.

The third round will be completed Sunday morning, to be followed by final 18 holes of the $1 million tournament.

Tommy Aaron, who began the day in a first-place tie with Weiskopf at 6 under, parred the first hole before the thunder began. Unlike Weiskopf, he struggled after that, notching five bogeys and dropping to 2 under through 14.

Aoki started the round with successive bogeys and remained two over after a par on No. 3. He then reeled off birdies on Nos. 4 through 8 to move into position for his fourth win on the Senior Tour. It would be his first win in a major.

Raymond Floyd completed his round just before play was stopped, shooting a 3-under 69 for a 5-under 211 total and the clubhouse lead.

Brian Barnes and J.C. Snead finished No. 17 at 5 under when play was suspended.

St. Louisan Hale Irwin had the same score through 16 holes and Bob Murphy was 5 under with three holes to go.

Jack Nicklaus, riding three consecutive birdies midway through the round, concluded his 70 in the dusk and was at 4 under after 54 holes.

Larry Ringer, the clubhouse leader when the rains came, rebounded from a horrid 80 on Friday with an erratic 69 that featured an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys. He completed three rounds at 1-over 217.

"Yesterday I was the fire hydrant. Today, I'm the big dog again," he said.

Ringer, a local club pro who plays on the Senior Series, fell apart Friday after opening the tournament with a 68 that put him in a tie for the lead.

"For some reason, I didn't handle the media attention very well," he said. …

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