7/21/2012 7:16:03 PM
The tournament has been backed up by inclement weather all week, and Saturday
was no exception at Annandale Golf Club. A 3 1/2-hour delay began the day, and
second-round play wasn't completed until late in the afternoon. Following the
cut, players went off in a split-tee format, and they'll resume at 8:00 a.m.
(et) on Sunday.
Stallings has a significant lead at this point at 18-under, four better than
Heath Slocum (6-under through 13) and second-round co-leaders Jason Bohn and
Billy Horschel (both 1-under through nine).
If Stallings goes on to win, it would be his second PGA Tour victory after
capturing The Greenbrier Classic last year.
The clubhouse leader is William McGirt (64), who is at 13-under 203 and alone
in fifth place on the overall leaderboard. Woody Austin (66) and seven others
are knotted in sixth at 12-under.
Defending champion Chris Kirk was in the hunt at the outset of Saturday's
play, but he lost ground and is nine shots off the pace with seven holes
remaining in his third round.
Stallings entered the third round trailing the leaders by one, but caught fire
right away to surge ahead.
He started innocently enough with a couple pars, but birdied the third and
fourth holes before an eagle at the fifth put him at 16-under. After parring
the sixth, he birdied the seventh and eighth to move well past the field.
Stallings' eagle putt on the fifth was a beauty from nearly 43 feet away, and
it followed a 29-foot putt for birdie at the fourth.
Bohn and Horschel couldn't get going in their third rounds, each recording a
bogey and birdie in the first nine holes. Slocum, meanwhile, shot up the
leaderboard with six birdies in his last nine holes played.
NOTES: The cut fell at three-under 141, with 75 players making it to the final
two rounds...Others tied at 12-under include Tommy Gainey, Patrick Reed, Ryuji
Imada, Jonathan Randolph, J.J. Killeen, Luke Guthrie and Bud Cauley.