Third round at Phoenix Open suspended; Nick Taylor leads

The rain-plagued Phoenix Open finished its second round on Saturday but couldn’t get through the third, as play was halted due to darkness, with resumption scheduled for Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. MT (9:30 ET).

Canadian Nick Taylor leads the field at 13-under 130 through six holes of his third round. He went 1 under for his abbreviated start. His birdie at the par-4 fifth hole gave him the lead and a boost on a long day.

“Yeah, it felt like we waited every shot, so it was pretty long, but it was nice to make a long putt there and make birdie when I feel like I kind of let one go on 3. But it was a good start,” said Taylor, who opened the tournament by tying the course record at TPC Scottsdale with an 11-under 60.

Sahith Theegala, who held a one-shot lead when the second round was completed earlier in the day, played the first six holes of the third round at 1 over. He made his tee shot at No. 7 and trailed Taylor by one stroke when play was paused.

Theegala acknowledged the difficulties the early holes posed.

“I’m glad they’re over with. It was pretty smooth sailing the first two rounds, and golf is hard, and there’s going to be tough patches, and I think I hit one of them just to start the round,” Theegala said.

Doug Ghim, who completed seven holes of the third round, started with birdies at No. 1 and No. 3 and moved into a tie for third with Andrew Novak. They are two shots back of the lead.

Novak, who was tied for second with Taylor upon completion of the second round, had an up-and-down start to his third. He posted bogeys on Nos. 2 and 5 and a birdie at No. 4 to go 1 over through six holes.

Alone in fifth when play stopped Saturday was Jordan Spieth, who made it through the front nine with three birdies, including two at Nos. 8 and 9, with one bogey. He was at 10-under 134 for the tournament.

Four players were knotted in a tie for sixth at 9-under par. Among them, Harris English was 5 under for the day and completed 15 holes. He started the third round on the back nine. Davis Thompson (3 under for the round) was through 10 holes, and Charley Hoffman (2 under) and Cameron Young (1 under) were each through nine holes.

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