More rain suspends Wichita play as Piercy maintains lead

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August 09, 2008
Mark Williams, PGA TOUR Staff

WICHITA, Kan. -- Scott Piercy, a 29-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev., leads at 21-under-par through 53 holes at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.

After a three-hour weather delay before the start of the third round, six players have one hole remaining after thunderstorms drowned the Crestview Country Club, and play was suspended for the day at 6:40 p.m. Piercy (21 under), Daniel Summerhays (16 under), and Chris Anderson (15 under) were left stranded on the tee of the final hole.

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Ahead on the green were Hunter Haas (18 under), who birdied holes 14-16 and has a 20-foot eagle putt remaining, Spencer Levin (15 under), who had four birdies in a row at holes 13-16, and Aaron Watkins (12 under).

Piercy's last shot of the day was a chip-in for birdie at the par-3 17th hole.

"Obviously, I like the fact they're all trying to catch me," said Piercy, who has made one bogey in 53 holes -- a three-putt at the 12th yesterday. "They have to go deep to catch me if I keep making birdies."

Brendon de Jonge (63) had 22 putts in a 10-birdie, two-bogey round -- his career low on the Nationwide Tour -- finishing at 15-under 198.

De Jonge has three top-three finishes this year and is 13th on the money list with $187,056. His previous low round was a 64 (8 under) at the Bank of America Open, where he won his biggest Nationwide Tour check of $43,500.

The 28-year-old from Zimbabwe spent last season on the PGA TOUR, finishing 155th on the money list with $447,172.

"I've grown up a little bit," said the Virginia Tech graduate, when asked what he learned in 2007. "I've made myself shoot away from flags when I didn't feel comfortable and made a few less bogeys than in the past."

Won Joon Lee (64), 115th on the money list, improved his chances of climbing. The 22-year-old rookie, who resides in Australia, finished at 14-under 199, and is learning a lot in his first year.

"You can make a bogey or two in amateur golf and still be somewhere near the lead," said Lee, the No.1 ranked player in driving distance at 314.5 yards. "Out here, you drop a couple of shots and you're moving 40 spots -- the wrong way."

Josh McCumber (66) and Bob May (67) finished at 13 under, while five players have completed the third round at 12 under.

The third round is set to resume at 8:30 a.m., and the fourth round will begin at 9:32 a.m. off the first and 10th tees.

Third Round News & Notes: The start of play was delayed for three hours due to thunderstorms in the area ... Play was suspended for the day at 6:40 p.m. ... Preferred lies were in effect for the third round ... Hunter Haas made his first bogey of the tournament at the 42nd hole ... The par-4 11th played 323 yards in the third round. With one eagle (J.J. Killeen) and 42 birdies, the scoring average for No. 11 was 3.799 ... Alex Prugh (69) played the last five holes six-under, finishing birdie, birdie, eagle, par, eagle ... Ian Leggatt (66) started on No. 10 and birdied six of the first seven holes for 30 (6 under) ... Three of the seven past Wichita Open champions in the field advanced to the weekend -- Ben Bates (65), Jeff Klauk (71), and Joe Daley (70).

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