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Lewis, Singh lead rain-delayed Deere

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SILVIS, Ill. — J.L. Lewis and Vijay Singh held a one-stroke lead after a long day of golf Sunday didn't produce a winner at the rain-soaked John Deere Classic.

Lewis, who won the tournament in 1999, and Singh, third on the PGA money list this year, were at 12-under after completing the rain-delayed third round. They only played five holes of the final round, which will resume this morning.

A dozen players were within five shots of the lead when play was halted by darkness at the Tournament Players Club at Deere Run, where heavy rains washed out Saturday's round.

Lewis, who has topped the leaderboard throughout the tournament, couldn't add to the 12-under total he built with identical 65s during the first two rounds.

He said a north wind and slow putting surface offset rain-softened greens and fairways. He predicted a score of 4-under might be needed to win today.

"If it stays calm, they'll be some birdies made," Lewis said.

Singh, who started the day four shots back, picked up two strokes with three birdies and a bogey during the third round, then birdied two of five holes in the final round before play was stopped.

He is playing for the seventh straight week in an attempt to win the money title.

The Deere Classic is the first PGA event to extend into Monday since June's FBR Capital Open. However, 22 of 39 tournaments have experienced some kind of weather delay in a season marked by rain and new names atop leaderboards.

Justin Leonard, who was tied for sixth after two rounds at 6 under, withdrew for the birth of his daughter, Reese, who was born Sunday morning.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Hunt Valley, Md., Larry Nelson recovered from a bee sting to shoot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday for a two-stroke victory at the Constellation Energy Classic.

Nelson finished at 9-under 207 for his first win of the year and 17th on the Champions Tour. He earned $225,000 for the victory. He had three second-place finishes this year and hadn't won on the over-50 circuit since 2001.

Doug Tewell closed with a 3-under 69 and finished tied for second with Jim Dent (71) at 7-under 209. Nelson, who turned 56 Wednesday, was stung by a bee on his right index finger while preparing to putt on the ninth hole.

LANCOME TROPHY: At Saint-nom-la-Breteche, France, Retief Goosen won the Lancome Trophy for his first title of the year, closing with a 1-under-par 70 Sunday for a four-stroke victory. The South African entered the final round with a three-shot lead and finished at 18-under 266. Ireland's Paul McGinley (71) was at 270 and England's Ian Poulter (70) and France's Raphael Jacquelin (67) were at 271.