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Three share lead at rain-delayed event

Chez Reavie, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore shoot 64s at Wyndham Championship.

August 21, 2009|Associated Press

With thunder booming, Chez Reavie rushed to hit the 15-foot putt that would have left him alone atop the Wyndham Championship leaderboard.

Once he missed, he had more than enough time to think about his gimme in Greensboro, N.C.

After a long weather delay, Reavie returned to the green and tapped in a one-footer to close out a six-under-par 64. He wound up sharing the early lead with former champion Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore on Thursday during a suspended first round of the PGA Tour's final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.

"I could have just made the first putt and left," Reavie said.

Justin Rose, Kevin Streelman and Colt Knost were one stroke back at 65, with Chris Riley also at five under through 14 holes. U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples and John Daly were among the eight who shot 66. Steve Elkington joined them at four under through 14 holes and Bill Haas was at four under through 10.

Play was suspended for roughly four hours amid early afternoon rumbles of thunder and the more than an inch of rain that was dumped on the area surrounding the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club.

Things didn't clear up until late afternoon, play resumed about 4:30 p.m. and 78 players were left on the course when things were halted shortly before 8 p.m. because of darkness.

62 for Bryant

Brad Bryant matched a tournament record with a 10-under 62 in the first round of the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.

Bryant had 11 birdies and one bogey for a three-shot lead in the fourth of five majors this year on the Champions Tour.

Bryant's best finish this year was fourth at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in June. He has four overall tour victories, his last coming at the Senior U.S. Open in 2007.

Loren Roberts shot a 65, and Tom Watson and Tom Lehman each had 67s.

Defending champion Fred Funk was in a group at 68. Greg Norman withdrew because of a sore back.

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