GINN SUR MER CLASSIC: At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Briny Baird just moved into a new house, only a couple minutes down the road from Tesoro Club.
No wonder he seemed right at home Saturday.
Making a huge move up the leaderboard, Baird's eight-birdie, one-bogey effort through 15 holes got him to 14 under and within two shots of leaders Bob Estes and Daniel Chopra during the suspended third round at the Ginn sur mer Classic.
Estes and Chopra made it through 11 holes of their third rounds, before play was halted at 6:38 p.m. Both were at 16 under for the tournament; Estes was 2 under in his third round, Chopra was 3 under, and they each left long birdie putts at the par-3 12th when they headed in for the evening.
By day's end, 13 players were within five shots of the lead, setting the stage for what could be a wild Sunday on an already-wet course.
Shigeki Maruyama got to 14 under through 14 holes and was tied for third with Baird. Fredrik Jacobsen was alone in fifth at 13 under through 14 holes, and Cameron Beckman — who entered the week in 128th place on the money list, desperate to get into that top 125 and earn full playing privileges for 2008 — shot a 67 to get to 12 under, which is where Tommy Armour III was when play ended.
HONDA LPGA THAILAND: At Pattaya, Thailand: Norwegian star Suzann Pettersen left everyone else behind in the Honda LPGA Thailand, birdieing five of the last seven holes for a bogey-free 9-under 63 and a seven-stroke lead.
Pettersen had a 20-under 196 total, likely taking the suspense out of her bid for a second straight victory and third in four weeks.