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Haas leads as darkness halts Memorial

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Play at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus in Ohio has been suspended due to darkness but when play was called to a halt, Bill Haas had established a three shot lead over Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Kyle Stanley.

Play was halted earlier in the afternoon before it was finally called when darkness fell and play will recommence at 7.30, weather permitting, with weather predicted to again be an issue tomorrow.

If play was to carry over until Monday it would create many complications with US Open qualifying being played at several venues across the USA, one of which is in Columbus on Monday. Many in this field will have one last shot at a US Open start then.

Haas has had an ordinary record in this event until now with a best of 30th in seven starts and coming off missed cuts at his last two starts this season there was not a lot to like about his chances.

Haas though has made great starts to both of his rounds this week and is delighted to be where he is. "Those are probably my test best rounds ever here and to do them back to back in pretty tough conditions I am really pleased," he said after his round.

The conditions he referred to involved blustery winds which were further accentuated by fast greens which made putting very difficult.

The leading Australian at present is Sydney golfer Matt Jones who is six shots from the lead but only three shots out of second position.

John Senden and Adam Scott are two shots further back although Scott has three holes yet to play to progress or otherwise while Robert Allenby and Jason Day are also expected to make the cut when play in round two is completed.

Marc Leishman needs a birdie over his closing few holes tomorrow if he is to be around for the weekend.

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