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BARR TAKES SLIM LEAD INTO 3RD ROUND OF RAINY FREEPORT MCMORAN CLASSIC

Dave Barr hoped the second round of the Freeport McMoRan Golf Classic would be postponed because of the heavy rain that fell all night and much of the morning Friday.

The round wasn't put off entirely, just partially delayed. Still, the reluctant golfer shot a 68 to take a one-stroke lead to the clubhouse."I stood there looking out the door saying, `Let's just go home,' " said Barr, who arrived at the course at 6 a.m. and spent six hours waiting to see if he'd play. "It's hard to get ready to play like that.

"You can't psyche yourself up in the morning if you don't know if you're going to play. It's like a light switch, you just have to flip it on and go."

When play was called just before 5 p.m. MST, half the field was still out. The remaining 71 golfers will finish their second round Saturday.

Barr, after a first round 67 in the $1.2 million tournament, had five birdies and a bogey for a second-round 68. Barr's last tour victory was in 1987.

First-round leader J.L. Lewis followed his 64 with a par 72 Friday over the 7,116-yard English Turn course. That was good enough for second place among the finishers, a stroke behind Barr at 135.

Heavy rain delayed Friday's start for five hours. The first golfers finally teed off at 11:50 a.m. The final groups started at 5:39, and were supposed to finish the round Saturday morning.

If Saturday morning's round could be completed early enough, officials planned to play the third round in the afternoon. If they could not play the third round, a final 18 holes would be played Sunday with the tournament shortened to 54.

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Isao Aoki doesn't putt like anyone else, and he also doesn't subscribe to the theory that winning one week leads to a letdown the next.

Aoki, considered the Jack Nicklaus of Japan, was the Senior PGA Tour's only back-to-back winner in 1994. And his 6-under-par 66 Friday in The Tradition, coupled with a victory Sunday in a PGA-recognized, but unofficial event near Tokyo put him in position for consecutive winner's checks again.

Aoki's 7-under 137 at the midpoint of the $1 million Tradition left him one stroke ahead of Lee Trevino and two up on Gary Player and Jay Sigel.