Brian Stuard takes the lead after two rounds at wet Zurich Classic – ESPN

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AVONDALE, La. — Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a 1-shot lead Saturday in the waterlogged Zurich Classic.

Stuard played just six holes Saturday and completed his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were tied for second. They finished the second round Friday.

The 33-year-old Stuard, winless on the PGA Tour, continued his steady play with two birdies. Some players were able to begin the third round before thunderstorms swept through the area, but the leaders didn’t tee off.

Top-ranked Day was 5 strokes behind Stuard after shooting a 68 in the second round.

Rain delays have interrupted two out of three days of the tournament. More rain is forecast for Sunday.

PGA Tour tournament director Steve Carman said there is a small chance that all four rounds of the tournament could be completed Sunday, but with more rain expected, a Monday finish is more likely.

“If we get any stoppage, then we’ll be playing golf on Monday, provided the forecast and the golf course can support that,” Carman said. “So it’s just really a wait-and-see position that we’re in.”

This is just the second time in Stuard’s career that he has had the lead after 36 holes. He said the threat of impending rain won’t affect how he plays, if and when he’s able to get on the course Sunday.

“I think you’ve just got to go out and play it one shot at a time, and whatever happens happens,” he said.

Lovemark and Vegas didn’t play at all Saturday and got some rest after a long Friday. Lovemark played 27 holes Friday to jump into contention with a second-round 66. Vegas completed 30 1/2 holes and finished the second round with a 69.

Stuard, Lovemark and Vegas have a sizable jump on the rest of the field. Six players, including Charles Howell III, are 4 strokes back at 8 under.

Day was among a dozen players who are 5 shots behind Stuard. The Australian said the stop-and-start nature of the tournament can make things difficult, but he’s pleased with the way he has played through two rounds.

“You’ve got to try and stay in the right frame of mind, mentally,” Day said. “Try and keep yourself loose because there is a lot of sitting around, a lot of eating and all that other stuff. But you’ve got to try and remind yourself that you need to stay sharp.”

Brian Stuard takes the lead after two rounds at wet Zurich Classic – ESPN

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