Mark Wilson leads delayed Humana Challenge

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LA QUINTA, Calif. — The Humana Challenge suspended play midway through the third round Saturday after high winds caused damage on all three courses, toppling trees, blowing balls off the greens and knocking a scoreboard into a lake.

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A scoreboard floats in the lake by the 18th hole after a wind storm blew it into the water during the third round of the Humana Challenge. Play was called for the day.  CHRIS CARLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHRIS CARLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
A scoreboard floats in the lake by the 18th hole after a wind storm blew it into the water during the third round of the Humana Challenge. Play was called for the day.

The tournament will resume third-round play this morning with Mark Wilson holding a three-stroke lead over Ben Crane.

Wilson is 5-under through 15 holes of the third round and 21-under for the tournament.

Crane is 2-under through 12 holes and 18-under for the tournament.

Zach Johnson is in third place. He’s 6-under through 13 holes and 17-under overall.

The pro-am tournament reported no injuries, but called an early halt after 35-mph winds rampaged across the Palm Springs area in the early afternoon. The amateur players, including former President Bill Clinton, won’t get to finish their rounds today.

“It’s really bad,” said Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competitions. “They’ve got a lot of trees down. It’s a real mess. ... We knew (the wind) was going to be bad, but we thought it would be something we could play with, and then the bottom fell out.”

White said he believes they can finish the four-round event today “in a perfect world.”

Clinton and Greg Norman had just hit their tee shots on the 10th hole of the Palmer Private course when play was suspended.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, Dan Forsman had six back-nine birdies for 7-under-par 65 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Forsman, a two-time winner on the 50-and-over tour, has a 12-under 132 total at Hualalai Resort.

Brad Bryant had the day’s low round, with 64, to match 2010 champion Tom Watson (65) and Jeff Sluman (66) at 10-under.

Augusta native Larry Mize shot 70 and is seven shots off the pace.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In George, South Africa, Branden Grace fell into a tie for the lead at the Volvo Golf Champions with Nicolas Colsaerts after shooting 2-over-par 75 in a wet and windy third round.

Grace had two double bogeys on his back nine, wasting the four-stroke lead he built after two rounds. Colsaerts shot 69. Grace and Colsarets were at 10-under 209 heading into the final round.

Retief Goosen (70) and Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel (68) are a stroke back.

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CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score –11 (51 holes)

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KEVIN KISNER

Aiken native

Score –8 (48 holes)

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BRIAN GAY

Louisville, Ga.*

Score –8 (45 holes)

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BLAKE ADAMS

Swainsboro, Ga.

Score –7 (48 holes)

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VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Score –5 (48 holes)

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SCOTT BROWN

North Augusta resident

Score –5 (50 holes)

Shots back 16

* former resident


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