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MORE RAIN WATERLOGS BUICK CLASSIC

It might take a few days to find out if Tiger Woods can come from behind -- very far behind -- to win the Buick Classic.

Heavy rain left parts of the already soggy Westchester Country Club under water Saturday, forcing postponement of the third round.

If the round can be played today (coverage on Ch. 7 begins at 3 p.m.) -- when more rain is in the forecast, plus fog -- officials said they'd complete the tournament Monday. PGA tournament director Slugger White said a Tuesday finish was not out of the question.

Sergio Garcia and Scott Hoch were tied for the second-round lead at 7-under 135, one shot ahead of Mark Wiebe. Woods, who avoided the cut by shooting a 5-under 66 in the second round he completed Friday, was tied for 30th -- six shots back.

Garcia birdied the last two of eight holes of the second round he had left to complete early Saturday and finished with a 67. Hoch birdied No. 18, the ninth hole he had remaining Saturday, to complete a 68.

Seventy-five golfers finished their second rounds under leaden, but dry skies early Saturday. As the first golfers prepared to head out to the first and 10th tees to begin the third round, a heavy, hour-long rain saturated the course.

"It was incredible," White said. "We got an inch of rain in, what? An hour? It was pretty devastating."

That was on top of the two long rainstorms which forced the suspension of Thursday's opening round and first caused havoc with this tournament's schedule.

Garcia's experience has been typical of most players. He got in 17 holes Thursday but had to be on the tee at 7 a.m. Friday to finish up his opening round. After a wait of 10 hours, he returned to the course Friday evening to play 10 holes before play was halted by darkness.

Back on the tee at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Garcia finished up the last eight holes of the second round.

Garcia said following the long week of the U.S. Open -- where he shot himself out of contention with a final-round 77 -- the rain at the Buick Classic has been a grind.

In fact, Garcia has never experienced a tournament where weather has caused so many problems.

"We're almost thinking about playing Tuesday," he said. "It's kind of weird to be thinking about that."

Hill at top of heap

CONCORD, Mass. -- Mike Hill is teaching all those young whipper-snappers on the senior tour a thing or two about golf.

The 62-year-old "Super Senior" shot a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the $1.4 million FleetBoston Classic, taking a one-stroke lead into the final day as he goes for his first senior victory in five years.

At 62 years, 5 months and 28 days, Hill would be the third-oldest golfer to win on the senior tour and the oldest since Gary Player won the Northville Long Island Classic three years ago at 62 years, 9 months.

"For me to be leading the tournament is probably a big surprise for a lot of people other than myself," he said after picking up a $34,000 check for winning the Super Senior event, a two-day tournament within a tournament for players 60 and over.

"I come out to play with the guys who are 60 and over. I try to beat them," said Hill, who's cut his schedule back to play only in the 16 Super Senior events. "If somebody my age can win a golf tournament, I think it does a lot for the senior tour."

Defending champion Larry Nelson, the first-round leader with a 65, shot a 69 in the second round -- bogeying the 17th hole to drop to 10 under and finish the day one stroke behind Hill. It was Nelson's first bogey of the tournament.

Mike McCullough had the low round of the day, making birdie on five of the last six holes to shoot 65 and vault from a 14-way tie for 19th place into a tie for third with Allen Doyle (69), at two strokes back.

Dave Eichelberger and Jose-Maria Canizares were at 8 under, three strokes back, and Jim Thorpe shot 72 and is six back over the 6,777-yard Nashawtuc Country Club course.

Hill made birdie on four of five holes before a bogey on No. 9 left him at 8-under at the turn. He picked up birdies on the back nine, on Nos. 10, 15 and 17.

"He's playing great," said Doyle, who at 52 doesn't plan to stick around for more than five or six years. "That's the beauty of this tour: Guys over 60 have proven they can win. I respect . . . them because they can still play like crazy."

J.C. Snead had a hole-in-one on the 168-yard 17th hole, knocking in his 6-iron shot. It's Snead's fourth on the senior tour.

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