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June 23 2011

3:55 PM

Bradley leads, play halted

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Summer in the Northeast usually means a pretty good chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Thursday it didn’t even make it to the afternoon before play was halted at the Travelers Championship at 11:22 a.m. with dangerous weather in the area. It’s raining -- yet -- but there are rumbles of thunder and lightning.

On the course, Michael Bradley moved to the front, getting to 6 under through 16 holes before the horn sounded. That’s one shot clear of seven other players, including Bo Van Pelt and and Vijay Singh.

Bradley, who has seven birdies and just one bogey so far, won in Puerto Rico earlier this year but has just one top-25 since.

Van Pelt, meanwhile, was on a roll with an eagle and two birdies over his last three holes when the delay hit. The eagle came on the par-5 13th, where Van Pelt hit it to just inside six feet on his second shot from 238 yards.

As for Singh, he’s here after missing last week’s U.S. Open, which ended the longest active streak of consecutive majors at 67. Singh said he was simply too worn out to go through a 36-hole qualifier to try to make it to Congressional. The rest appears to be paying dividends with Singh making five birdies and no bogeys through 14 holes.

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