Bowditch stays joint leader in Texas

Australian Steven Bowditch remained in a share of the lead with Americans Jon Curran and Jimmy Walker after Saturday’s completion of the second round at the rain-soaked US PGA Byron Nelson tournament.

All three were safely in the clubhouse on nine-under-par 130 when darkness fell on Friday with 33 players still on the course after heavy rain had delayed the start of round two by three hours.

Saturday’s start was pushed back three hours again by heavy rain, which swamped a bunker at the fifth hole where a fish was found swimming.

More than five inches of rain stuck the area during the week, saturating the course so much that the par-4 14th hole was shortened to a par-3 for the second round.

Americans Tony Finau and Joe Affrunti, who were the closest players to the lead on the course when play was halted, each moved within a stroke of the lead on Saturday.

Finau finished off the last two holes of a five-under 64 while Affrunti fired the last four holes of a 63 to finish on 131 alongside countryman Ryan Palmer and Australia’s Cameron Percy.

On 132 were Americans Nick Watney, Jerry Kelly, Jonathan Randolph and Hunter Mahan.

Reigning Masters champion and world number two Jordan Spieth fired a 64 to stand in a pack on 133.

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