Barlow leads delayed Reno-Tahoe Open by three strokes

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Reno, NV (Sports Network) - Craig Barlow was five-under through 16 holes Saturday before play at the Reno-Tahoe Open was suspended due to darkness. Barlow climbed to 14-under par and is three strokes clear of playing partner Tim Herron.

Just one group remained on the course when play was suspended for the day. There were four delays over the first two days of the event pushing action back.

The second round was completed on Saturday prior to the third round beginning. The third round will resume at 11:50 a.m. (et) Sunday morning with the final round commencing at 12:50 p.m. with the leaders teeing off at approximately 2:50 p.m.

Barlow, who survived a 35-hole marathon at Montreux Golf and Country Club on Friday, had a steady round Saturday. He opened with a birdie at the par- four third.

The 31-year-old also birdied the sixth and ninth to head to the back side at 12-under.

After his birdie at No. 9, Barlow remained hot around the turn. He birdied the 10th and 11th. He also birdied the 12th to cap a run of four straight birdies that got him to minus-15.

However, Barlow dropped a shot at the 13th but parred his next three holes. Barlow and Herron both had difficult bunker shots at the 17th. Both players conferred with rules officials about how they could mark their ball if they stopped playing while in the bunker.

Both Herron and Barlow decided to blast out of the green-side bunker, their third shot to the par-five. After marking their balls on the green, Herron, Barlow and playing partner decided to stop there. The trio will return to the 17th green Sunday morning to complete their rounds.

Herron, who shared the lead entering the third round, was just one-under through 16 holes. He mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his first eight holes and went on the make the turn at 12-under.

On the back nine, Herron stumbled to a bogey at the par-three 12th and stands at 11-under par on the 17th green.

Rod Pampling fired a five-under 67 Saturday to climb into a share of third place at nine-under-par 207. He is joined there by (70), Guy Boros (70) and J.P. Hayes (71).

Paulson stands at eight-under on the 17th green. He is joined in seventh place by Paul Stankowski (69), Nick Watney (70) and (73), who is battling a back injury that forced him out of last week's PGA Championship. That trio is in the clubhouse at eight-under-par 208.

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