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Duo kicking their heels after storm


Luke Donald (left) and Graeme McDowell

Luke Donald (left) and Graeme McDowell

Luke Donald (left) and Graeme McDowell

Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell were waiting to tee off two strokes off the lead when a thunderstorm halted the lucrative Players Championship in Florida.

But their Ryder Cup team-mate Peter Hanson did get onto Sawgrass and after 16 holes of his third round the Swede was seven under par for the day and up from 60th to joint seventh.

On Friday, Hanson needed to birdie his last two holes - actually the eighth and long ninth - just to survive the halfway cut on level par but when the suspension came just after 1pm he was only three behind overnight pacesetter David Toms after making a hat-trick of birdies from the third and then picking up more shots at the ninth, 12th, 13th and long 16th.

Argentina's Angel Cabrera might have wished the sirens had sounded a few minutes earlier.

The former Masters and US Open champion was six under for the round and the tournament, but his last shot before he had to go in was a pulled 200-yard approach into the lake on the left of the 18th hole.

Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, was one under for the first six holes and three under for the event, but was forced into a change of club after apparently cracking the face of his three-wood.

The world number four, who had to win to take the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his life, sent a rules official to get a two-iron out of his car as replacement, allowed when a club is broken while playing.

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For the third day running Mickelson was playing with Scot Martin Laird, who was two under after a bogey on the short third and birdie at the sixth.

Ian Poulter and 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero were on the same mark, while Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose, paired together, managed only two shots each before the hold-up.

They were five under and Londoner Brian Davis six under.

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