European Seniors Tour members Mark McNulty from Ireland and Englishman Mark James continued to perform strongly in the US Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.
With the Championship gradually beginning to get back on track following long delays caused by the weather, McNulty moved to one under par for the tournament through 10 holes of his third round before darkness fell on Saturday night. That placed him five strokes behind leader Hale Irwin from the United States, who had just made the turn. James also finished the day on the 10th and was even for the Championship.
Play is set to resume at 8:15 am ET (1.15 pm GMT) on Sunday, with the final round scheduled to tee off at 9:25 am ET (2.25 pm GMT) as officials hope to finish on time.
The field completed their second rounds on Saturday with Irwin, a three time winner of the event, sitting on top of the leaderboard after posting a two under par 69 for a two day total of six under par 136.
The American played the front nine of his third round in even par and currently holds a three stroke lead over Canadian Dave Barr.
James and McNulty shot second round 71s to lie at two under and one under at the halfway point respectively. It was the Irishman who made the better start to his third round firing two birdies and two bogeys while James dropped a couple of shots.
The duo are making their first appearances in the Championship and will be hoping for fine weather and good scoring on Sunday.
Another debutant Sam Torrance from Scotland continued to make up ground after his opening 76. He carded a second round 71 and played 14 holes of his third round in one under to lie at four over. He is tied with Irishman Eammon Darcy who had completed 13 holes.
A total of 17 members from the Seniors Tour competed this week and nine made the halfway cut which fell at seven over par 149. American David Oakley, Scotland’s Bill Longmuir, Spaniard Manuel Pinero, South Africa’s Gavan Levenson, and Des Smyth from Ireland all made it through.