A number of records are within reach, but John Huston isn't thinking about them - at least not yet.
Huston, who had to use his one-time Top 50 Career Money List exemption to play on the PGA Tour this year, shot a 6-under-par 66 Saturday to reach the 54-hole mark of the Hawaiian Open in a record 22-under 194.Huston will be trying to close out the tournament by bettering the 72-hole mark of 23 under, held jointly by John Cook and Hale Irwin.
Huston also is within hailing distance of the tour's all-time 72-hole record of 27 under, set Mike Souchak in 1955.
He could have bumped up his four-stroke cushion over Frank Lickliter (66-198), but blamed his putter for failing to do so.
"I would have liked to putt better at the end to put myself further away," he said, "but I didn't make any mistakes and I stayed within my game."
Lickliter made a serious run at Huston, as did Greg Kraft.
Lickliter birdied the first four holes of the round and made the turn in 31. But he managed to pick up only one more stroke on the incoming nine. Kraft, who started on the back nine of the 7,012-yard Waialae Country Club course, shot a 63 to share third place with Olin Browne at 199.
Los Angeles Women's
At Glendale, Calif., Heavy rain washed out Saturday's second round of the Los Angeles Women's Championship, making it the fourth California tournament plagued by El Nino storms this year.
The LPGA event, originally scheduled for three rounds, will be shortened to 36 holes, weather permitting.
Three PGA events were affected by storms. The Buick Invitational in San Diego was shortened to 54 holes. Pebble Beach was suspended after 36 holes and will be completed with one round Aug. 17. The second round of the season-opening Mercedes Championship at Carlsbad, Calif., was partially rained out, but the players were able to make it up and complete the full 72 holes.
About half the LPGA field teed off Saturday before play was halted. After waiting 31/2 hours, tournament officials declared the Oakmont Country Club course unplayable.
Hiromi Kobayashi of Japan, who took a 3-shot lead with a 5-under-par 67 Friday, and the rest of the leaders didn't even start their second rounds.
None of the players who did begin play Saturday made any significant moves on the first-round leaders. Those on the course when the rain began are scheduled to resume play Sunday where they left off.
The forecast, however, calls for the possibility of more showers.
Kobayashi, who last won in 1993, was three shots in front of a group of four players looking for their first LPGA victory - Australian Wendy Doolan, Alicia Dibos, Karen Weiss and qualifier Janice Moodie. Elaine Crosby also was tied for second at 2-under.
Annika Sorenstam, the tour's leading money winner last year and runner-up to Terry-Jo Myers in this tournament, was in a group of nine at 71. Also in the group were LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, and Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, who won at West Palm Beach, Fla., last month.
At Lutz, Fla., Brian Barnes ballooned to a 1-over-par 72 Saturday, yet held onto a one-stroke lead in the GTE Classic with a 7-under 135.
Vincente Fernandez was a stroke off the pace after turning in the lowest score of the day, a 66.
Six golfers - Jim Albus, Jose Maria Canizares, Jim Colbert, Bob Duval, Raymond Floyd and Tom Jenkins - are two shots back as 13 players are within four strokes of the lead.
"You don't often have two days like I had yesterday," said Barnes, who fired an opening round 63 on Friday. "Honestly, I would have been very happy with a 70 or even a 71. Nobody seemed to be scoring particularly well."