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Compton and Day share Classic lead
26 Apr 2015 10:10
Erik Compton took a share of the lead with four birdies in six holes before play was suspended due to darkness on a rain-plagued third day of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
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Compton and Jason Day are both tied on 13 under at the top of the leaderboard, but there is a long way to go with both men not even halfway through their penultimate rounds.
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They sit one shot ahead of Englishman Justin Rose, Canadian David Hearn and American duo Blayne Barber and Jerry Kelly.
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Australian Day only managed to play three holes of his third round after earlier taking the second-round lead by finishing off a seven-under 65 after incremental weather also affected play on Friday.
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Compton also had to finish off his second round, before waiting to go again and he was just glad to have hit the ground running in the six holes he was able to play despite the long delays.
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"It was nice to come out this morning and finish the round," Compton told the PGA Tour website. "And then, I basically just did what everybody else did, just saddled up and waited."
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He added: "It's going to be a low scoring tournament so fortunate to get off to a decent start, a good start," Compton said. "It's a lot of golf, so you know you have to reach a number."
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With a storm lashing the region Day only managed to play seven holes across the two rounds in 13 hours on Saturday.
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"It's just a lot of patience you had to have today," Day said. "I know that it's very easy to get frustrated and start getting angry at the things that have gone on, especially with the weather. But with everyone that's getting frustrated I know I can't. Just got to stay centered and keep pushing."
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Hudson Swaffordm, who held a share of the lead on Friday, is part of a four-strong cluster two shots behind, which also includes Justin Thomas, Chris Stroud and Brendon de Jonge.
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