Daniel Summerhays had to think about his upcoming birdie putt on the 18th hole for 1 hour, 17 minutes before finally stepping on the green.
It was worth the wait.
The 29-year-old Summerhays nailed his 19-foot birdie putt after thunderstorms rolled through Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss., tying Nicholas Thompson for the lead going into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship on Saturday.
Summerhays came into the third round with a four-stroke lead, but his 3-under 69 allowed the field to catch up on a course that is giving up plenty of birdies thanks to calm conditions, soft fairways and forgiving greens.
“It was just a scrappy round,” Summerhays said. “The shots I did hit good, I was just missing on the putts. They were those putts where your eyes get big and then you’re disappointed. But that’s golf.”
Olympia’s Andres Gonzalez did not make the cut after finishing his rain-delayed Friday round on Saturday with a 71 for a two-day total of 144.
RECARI, CREAMER TIED
Spain’s Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Recari, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, matched Creamer’s 4-under 67. Both are at 12-under 201.
Rising American teen Lexi Thompson had a 67 and, along with Jacqui Concolino and Japan’s Chie Arimura, was three shots back.
NIEBRUGGE WINS PUBLINX
Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Laurel Hill in Lorton, Va., beating California junior Michael Kim 1 up in the 36-hole final.
The winner traditionally receives a spot in the Masters, if still an amateur.
Zachary Olsen won the 107th Southern Amateur in The Woodlands, Texas, birdieing the final hole of regulation and the first hole of a playoff. Olsen, a 19-year-old Cordova, Tenn., player who will be a freshman at Oklahoma State, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to get into the playoff with Joey Garber and Sam Love, then won with a 20-footer. … Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had four birdies in a late six-hole stretch to take a one-point lead with 47 points after the second round of the American Century Championship in Stateline Nev. Former Washington State and NFL quarterback Mark Rypien was two points back at 45 using the modified Stableford scoring system.