08/17 18:15 CDT Doug Barron leads suspended Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Doug Barron leads suspended Dick's Sporting Goods Open
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) --- Monday qualifier Doug Barron had a one-stroke lead in
the Dick's Sporting Goods Open when lightning forced the suspension of play
late in the second round Saturday.
Making his second PGA Tour Champions start after turning 50 last month, Barron
was 10 under for the tournament playing the par-4 15th when play was stopped at
En Joie Golf Club.
Barron got into the field Monday with a 66 at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.
He's coming off a fifth-place tie in the Senior British Open in his Champions
Scott McCarron was tied for second after a 66. He won the event two years ago,
Marco Dawson, playing alongside Barron and Miguel Angel Jimenez in the final
group, also was 9 under with Scott Parel and David McKenzie. Playing together
in the second-to-last group, Parel and McKenzie also were on 15 when play was
Jimenez was 8 under. He birdied the par-3 14th, hitting a 5-iron to a foot on
the 209-yard hole.
Tied with Jimenez for the first-round lead after a 65, Barron made a long eagle
putt on the par-5 third hole and added birdies on the next two par-5 holes, the
fifth and eighth. Barron bogeyed the par-5 12th.
Barron was winless on the PGA Tour in 238 starts, playing the PGA Tour's
defunct B.C. Open seven times at En-Joie. In 2009, three years after losing his
PGA Tour card, Barron became the first player to be suspended by the tour for
testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He was suspended for
Billy Andrade. Duffy Waldorf and 65-year-old Jay Haas joined Jimenez at 8
under. Waldorf had two holes to play, and Andrade had three left. Haas shot his
second straight 68.
Fred Couples was 6 under after a 68. The 1991 B.C. Open winner is back at En
Joie for the first time in 24 years.
Senior British Open winner Bernhard Langer also was 6 under after a 70. He won
at En Joie in 2014.