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Svensson keeps lead at storm-hit PGA Barbasol event

NICHOLASVILLE, UNITED STATES (AFP) – Canada’s Adam Svensson fired a five-under par 67 to remain atop the leaderboard when yesterday’s storm-interrupted second round of the US PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship was halted by darkness.

Svensson made seven birdies against two bogeys to match his 36-hole US PGA Tour career low on 15-under 129 at Keene Trace in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

France’s Robin Roussel and Americans Mark Hubbard and Brandon Hagy shared second in the clubhouse on 132, Hagy after a bogey-free 62, with Americans Sean O’Hair, Dylan Wu and Kramer Hickok and Germany’s Yannik Paul on 133.

An afternoon storm stoppage of more than three hours meant sunset arrived with 76 players unable to complete their second round.

Among those still on the course, the low score belonged to American Trey Mullinax, who was 13-under overall with five holes remaining, six-under on his second round.

World number 158 Svensson, chasing his first PGA victory, matched the lowest opening round in tournament history with a 62 on Thursday.

After a 4am wake-up call, Svensson took a nap in his car during the delay and adjusted to the rain-soaked course once play resumed.

“It got a lot wetter,” Svensson said. “You had to control your wedges. The ball was spinning back. I hit a lot of chippy shots coming in. It wasn’t bad actually.”