Archive for Sunday, March 25, 2001


Fichardt ahead

March 25, 2001


— Lightning disrupted the $750,000 Sao Paulo Brazil Open for the second straight day, leaving Darren Fichardt of South Africa with a three-stroke lead Saturday.

Ninety-nine players who were unable to complete the second round Friday managed to do so Saturday. Then foul weather struck again, postponing the third round until today.

Fichardt shot a 4-under-par 67 and was at 14-under 128. Australia's Brett Rumford climbed into second place with a 65 that left him at 131.

"Darren played well yesterday to shoot 61, but I'm pleased with my round," said Rumford, who had one eagle and four birdies Saturday. "As long as you have shots to the green you have a chance."

Stormy weather has interrupted play since the tournament began Thursday.

Officials decided to cut the competition to three rounds to finish on schedule today.

Argentina's Jose Coceres moved into third place, shooting a 64 that put him at 132.

"With only four shots behind I still have a good chance," he said.

Sweden's Christopher Hanell was in fourth place at 133.

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