Cink in the lead, Tiger nowhere in sight

March 9, 2008

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Stewart Cink kept his two-shot lead at the PODS Championship when the third round was completed Sunday morning after Brandt Snedeker and Billy Mayfair made three pars in chilly weather.

In a tournament twice delayed by rain, Cink finished the last of his 28 holes Saturday in near darkness because he did not want to return. He picked up his only bogey of the third round on the 18th hole and shot 2-under 69 to finish at 5-under 208, the highest score to lead after 54 holes in the eight years at Innisbrook.

Snedeker and Mayfair were at 3 under and in the 16th fairway when play was stopped by darkness.

They returned Sunday morning to temperatures in the upper 40s and were happy not to lose ground. Snedeker had to hole a 6-foot par putt to avoid a three-putt on the 16th, and he saved par from the bunker on the 17th and 18th holes. Mayfair got up-and-down from the rough on the 16th, and made par from a fairway bunker on the 18th.

Snedeker shot a 73, and Mayfair had a 71. They were at 3-under 210, along with Geoff Ogilvy (69), who finished Saturday.

Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia also finished with two pars for a 73, putting him at 212. He was among nine players who remained under par going into the final round.