Lunde leads as weather again halts play in Colombia
Bogota, Colombia (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Lunde posted a 3-under 68 on Friday and that gave him the lead before the second round of the Colombia Championship was suspended for the day due to heavy rain.
Lunde finished 36 holes at 8-under-par 134. Lunde owns one win on the PGA Tour and another on the Web.com Tour.
Justin Thomas and Jonathan Randolph both stood at minus-7 when play was stopped for the day. Thomas was through 16 holes, while Randolph had completed 15.
Peter Tomasulo posted a 2-under 69. He moved into fourth at 6-under 136. Vaughn Taylor (68) is one stroke back at minus-5. Michael Kim and Alex Cejka are also minus-5, but they are just through 15 and three holes respectively on the Fundadores Course at Bogota Country Club.
For the second straight day, heavy rain halted play. The second round will resume on Saturday at 7 a.m. ET.
Lunde started his second round on the back nine and he birdied his opening hole. After a pair of pars, he stumbled to a bogey, but came back with a birdie on the 15th to get back to minus-6.
The 38-year-old converted a birdie effort on the first to move to minus-7. Lunde ran off four pars in a row before making his final birdie at the par-4 sixth. He closed with three pars in a row.
"I think everyone in the field would agree that we were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as wet as we would have guessed based on the amount of rain we had Thursday," said Lunde, who played the final five holes of his first round earlier Friday. "This golf course drains very well. The greens and fairways were noticeably softer, but all in all it played great."
Thomas also played the back nine first, and he stumbled to a bogey on the 10th. He got that shot back with a birdie on the 14th. Thomas converted back- to-back chances at 17 and 18 to move to minus-8, but he faltered to another bogey at the second. He ran off five straight pars before play was stopped for the day.
Randolph birdied the 10th to open his round. He wrapped birdies at 16 and 18 around a bogey on the 17th to help him make the turn at minus-7. Randolph parred six in a row on the front side before play was stopped.
NOTES: Lunde is playing in his first event since last October ... Thomas was the first-round leader when that round was finished earlier Friday ... Guy Boros withdrew during the second round with a back injury.
02/14 19:23:38 ET