Updated 5:40 p.m.: Play in the third round of the Zurich Classic was suspended for the night at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting.
Updated 1:25 p.m.: The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 1:16 p.m. with a weather system approaching TPC Louisiana. Play started at noon, about 41 minutes after the second round was completed, and the lead groups got through five holes before play was halted. PGA Tour officials said the delay could last between 2 and 4 hours.
Original story: First-round co-leader Brian Stuard moved into the 36-hole lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday morning with two birdies in his final three holes at TPC Louisiana.
Stuard was among 75 players who returned Saturday morning to complete their second round, which couldn’t be completed because a near five-hour weather delay pushed the start of the second round back to late Friday morning.
The second round was completed at 11:19 a.m. and the field was trimmed to the low 70 players and ties with 82 making the cut at 2-under.
The third round is scheduled to get under way at noon, weather permitting, with threesomes going off the first and 10th tees. Lift, clean and place rules for balls in the fairway will be in effect.
Stuard, who shot a 64 on Thursday, was playing his 13th hole of the day Friday when play was suspended by darkness at 7:31 p.m. He was at 10-under and one shot off the lead held by Jamie Lovemark and Jhonnatan Vegas, who got their entire second round in.
The 33-year-old Stuard, a non-winner on the PGA Tour, made three consecutive pars and had back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 to take the lead. He parred the par-3 ninth hole to finish with a 68 and a 36-hole score of 132.
Stuard was one shot ahead of Lovemark (67-66--133) and Vegas (64-69--133) and leads both Harold Varner III (69-67--136) and Daniel Berger (71-65--136) by four going into the third round of play.