OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - What was shaping up to be an interesting 3rd round turned into a soggy one at RTJ Grand National in Opelika on Saturday. Rain, thunder and lightning in the afternoon led officials to suspend the round until Sunday.
There were a pair of rain delays, but the second one came with more thunder and more lightning.
Jhonnatan Vegas came into the round as the leader at -17. He played par golf through the first five holes, then the rains came.
After a delay of an hour and a half, Vegas struggled a bit to finish up the front nine. He bogeyed #6 and #8. He would birdie hole 9 to get one stroke back, then bogeyed #11, and birdied #13 to stay at +1 for the day and -16.
Then the second wave of rain came. Vegas will start on hole 14 when the round resumes on Sunday. The first rain delay had a rough effect on several golfers.
Former Auburn Tiger Michael Johnson double-bogeyed hole eight after the delay, but he came back with two birdies on the back nine to actually end his day at -1 going into the 14th hole tomorrow. He's tied for 4th at -11 for the tournament so far.
The biggest move of the day came from Aaron Baddeley. He had nine birdies on the day, including three in a row to finish his day at -13, shooting a 64 for the round. Baddeley starts the 4th round tomorrow tied for second place with David Toms, who also had a great day. He was -4 for the day when the weather postponed the tournament.
Play will resume Sunday at 7:20 a.m. CDT.