Rain halts a dampened Masters

2006-04-08 22:43
Augusta - For the fifth year in a row, the Masters has been temporarily halted by storms.

The rains stopped the third-round of play at Augusta National on Saturday.

Some players were on the course when the warning siren went off in the afternoon, though the leaders were still about two hours away from teeing off.

Chad Campbell leads by three strokes and all the top contenders are within five strokes.

The Masters was hit by the remnants of a weather system that spawned deadly tornadoes in Tennessee and damaged homes and businesses in suburban Atlanta.

The water-logged course could change dramatically after playing firm and crusty the first two rounds, hurting short- and medium-ranged hitters such as Campbell and Ben Crenshaw.

Before the rains, Tiger Wood said he was perfectly content to be five shots off the lead at the halfway point after a 72-71 start.

Woods said: "A good shot can end up in a bad spot and you just have to accept the consequences and move on. It was very difficult."

Except for Campbell, who made the second round look like a regular week on the US PGA Tour with a 5-under-par 67. But he was the exception.

For the second day in a row, only three players broke 70.

First-round leader Vijay Singh found plenty of trouble on Friday, making three double bogeys.

He was only three shots back in a tie for second after a 74.

Campbell is 6-under 138.


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