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HEAVY RAINS POSTPONE PLAY AT PEBBLE BEACH

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Jeff Maggert's one-stroke lead midway through the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am just might turn out to be a final-round lead.

Saturday's third round was postponed after heavy overnight rain on the Monterey Peninsula left standing water on many greens and flooded some fairways, making Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills unfit for play.And while it's possible the tournament would be extended to Monday, it's likely it will be shortened to 54-holes.

"We can't say that yet," said PGA Tour official David Eger. "We are prepared to play Monday."

But the weather forecast for Sunday was not good, and the already soaked courses can take no more water. At least three rounds have to be played for the event to be considered official money.

"It is really, really wet," Maggert said. "They are going to have to have some cooperation from Mother Nature to get this in."

Spyglass and Poppy Hills were in the worst shape.

"They simply were not playable," Eger said. He said the 11th and 16th fairways at Spyglass were under water and that many tee boxes were flooded.

That meant that Sunday's round - if it's played - could be the final round. But the players might not know it when they tee off. It would be a safe assumption, though.

The Saturday tee times and course assignments will be used on Sunday, creating a logistical mess. Maggert tees of at 8 a.m. at Spyglass and will finish well before many contenders.

"It will be a good 21/2 hours after I finish before the other guys get done," Maggert said. "I hope we get it in. I haven't won since 1993, and I need to get out there on Sunday and have a chance to win. I need the test."

Maggert, who shot a 68 Friday at Pebble Beach, was the midway leader at 8-under-par 136, a stroke ahead of Davis Love III, Loren Roberts and former champion Steve Jones.

Eight more golfers were at 138, including Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and the hottest player in the world right now, Phil Mickelson.

A staggering 13 more were three strokes behind at 5-under-par 139.

If the tournament is shortened to 54 holes, Watson and Mickelson suddenly find themselves going into the final round with a chance to do something rare.

Mickelson is trying to win his third consecutive start and Watson is simply trying to win.

If Mickelson, who won at Tucson, skipped the Bob Hope, and won at Phoenix last week, wins here he would be the first player to capture three consecutive starts on the PGA Tour since Nick Price in 1993.