Date: April 01, 2007

Scott chases Watson

Play was suspended early at the Houston Open on Saturday as darkness descended on the Redstone Golf Club, with Bubba Watson leading the field during the third round. Players were unable to take the course in the morning due to heavy rains that delayed play for nearly six hours and bad light then called a halt to proceedings before the scheduled close. Once on the course, Watson was raining down birdie after birdie, claiming an impressive nine birdies and just one bogey through 15 holes, putting him at nine under for the day and 15 under for the tournament. In his second full year on the PGA Tour, Watson is seeking his first career win but has two top-10 finishes in eight events this year. When play was called with 30 players still on the course, Watson was holding a three-shot lead over Jeff Maggert, who played 12 holes at six under. Johnson Wagner was able to play his entire third round, signing for an eight-under-par club record score 64 and moving to an 11-under 205. Paul Stankowski (65) and Australian Adam Scott (65) also are at 11-under. Scott was also in brilliant touch, picking up five birdies over the first nine holes. Defending champion Stuart Appleby of Australia played 15 holes at four under and is 10 under overall. But everyone has work to do in order to catch Watson, who was in top form throughout. Watson birdied five of his first eight holes before his lone miscue at the par-three ninth. However, he recovered with four straight birdies after making the turn before picking up a final stroke at the par-five 15th. Shell Houston Open -15: Bubba Watson 71 67 (Round suspended) -12: Jeff Magert 67 71 (round suspended) -11: Johnson Wagner 66 75 64, Paul Stankowski 69 71 65, Adam Scott (AUS) 69 71 65 -10: Stuart Appleby 66 72 (round suspended) -9: Hunter Mahan 68 71 (round suspended), Bob Estes 67 61 (round suspended) -8: Bernhard Langer 71 70 67, Daniel Chopra 68 72 (round suspended), Jason Gore 70 68 (round suspended) also: -3: Stephen Leaney (AUS) 70 71 69 -1: John Senden (AUS) 71 72 72 E: Gavin Coles (AUS) 74 69 73 1: Steve Allen (AUS) 73 71 (round suspended) 3: Matthew Goggin (AUS) (74 70 75)