Rain prevented Ricky Barnes from teeing off in the third round at Bethpage State Park this afternoon. But the 2002 US Amateur champion set the US Open 36-hole scoring record earlier by finishing two trips around the course in 8-under 132. He completed his second round this morning, making three birdies in nine holes for a 65. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, remained well off the leaderboard on a soggy course.
Woods ended up one shot ahead of Lucas Glover (64) and two up on first-round leader Mike Weir (70). "It's pretty cool," Barnes said. "Obviously at the beginning of the week you didn't think that score was out there." Woods, the defending champion, was tied for 41st, 11 shots behind Barnes. The third round was to begin later this afternoon, with the USGA hoping rain bands that had passed over Bethpage earlier in the day were gone, at least for a few hours.