MADISON, Miss. — Blake Adams had the day's best round, but the focus was on the weather. For nearly four hours, Troy Matteson tried to figure out ways to kill time in the clubhouse as thunderstorms rolled across Annandale Golf Club.
He watched a little television. Swapped stories with other golfers. Counted the minutes as they slowly ticked off the clock.
Turns out it was worth the wait.
Matteson birdied his final three holes of the day after the lengthy delay, taking advantage of Annandale's forgiving fairways and greens to share the Viking Classic lead with George McNeill.
Matteson finished his round but McNeill was on No. 18 when the final delay was called at about 6:30 p.m. local time due to lightning in the area. The day featured nearly six hours of delays as soaking thunderstorms rolled through central Mississippi on a steamy summer afternoon.
PGA Tour officials said Annandale has received more than four inches of rain since Monday.
The start was delayed two hours after a heavy round of overnight thunderstorms dumped more than an inch of rain at Annandale. Play began just after 9 a.m., but another heavy round of storms hit the course at about 2 p.m., sending spectators scrambling and leaving puddles on the fairways.
Play started again 5:40 p.m., but about an hour later more lightning sent the players to the clubhouse for good. The second round resumes at 7 a.m. Saturday. Tour officials still hope to finish the tournament Sunday.
Matteson expects low scores to continue throughout the weekend.
Adams had the day's best round with a 62, making nine birdies, one eagle and one bogey to vault from seven strokes back to just two behind McNeill and Matteson.
Kevin Kisner and 51-year-old Tom Pernice Jr. were tied one shot back.
Tim Petrovic, Bobby Gates, Brendon de Jonge, Peter Lonard, Sunghoon Kang and John Mallinger started the second round in a tie for the lead after shooting an opening 65. Only Gates played his full second round Friday, shooting 3 under to fall two shots back.