Steve Pate held a six-stroke lead Saturday when a storm finally halted the wind-blown agony that was the third round of the Honda Classic.
"Impossible," snorted Paul Azinger, who, like Pate, was among the seven players stranded on the wind-raked, temper-testing TPC at Eagle Trace."Carnival golf," said Greg Norman, who joined Azinger in an attack on the course design.
"This course was not meant to be played in anything but perfect conditions," Azinger said. "And I'm telling you, boys, we don't have 'em."
Norman, Azinger, Pate and the others who didn't finish were scheduled to return Sunday morning to complete third-round play, with the final round set for later in the day.
"The course doesn't let you play a run-up shot. You have to hit it in the air. And if it's up in the air, it can be in the next county," said Bruce Lietzke, who was among the leaders at 7-under par for the tournament after completing a 70 on Saturday.
Lietzke, Pate, Kirk Triplett, Azinger and Canadian Dave Barr shared second at 7-under par.
Azinger and Barr each had one hole to play.
Dan Forsman, with a 72, was next at 210, 6-under par, followed by Mark Brooks at 211. Brooks shot 74.
And at Poway, Calif., Tina Barrett, who missed 16 of 27 cuts last season, shot a 2-under-par 70 for a one-shot lead over Laura Davis of England and Robin Walton after three rounds of the $400,000 Inamori Classic.
Barrett, whose lone victory in three years on the LPGA Tour came during her rookie season, parred the last three holes at StoneRidge Country Club to finish at 7-under 209. She carded three birdies against one bogey.
Davies, the second-round leader at 6-under, three-putted the 173-yard 18th hole for a bogey that dropped her into a tie for second.
Tied for fourth at 212 were Judy Dickinson, a three-time winner in 13 years on the tour, and Missie Berteotti, who vaulted into contention with a tournament-low 67 Saturday.