Golf: Birdie spree lifts Ryan Armour into Sanderson Farms Championship lead

Ryan Armour plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on Oct 27, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi.
Ryan Armour plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on Oct 27, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi. PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Los Angeles (AFP) - Ryan Armour's six birdies included a burst of four straight on Friday (Oct 27) as he seized a one-shot lead at the weather-hit Sanderson Farms Championship.

Armour, 41 and seeking his first PGA Tour win, carded a four-under par 68 at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi, for a 10-under total of 134.

He was one stroke in front of South Africa's Tyrone Van Aswegen, who had 10 birdies in a seven-under par 65 for 135.

Van Aswegen's round also included a pair of sixes - a bogey at the par-five fifth and a double-bogey at the par-four 16th.

But thanks to his personal best for birdies in a round he was in contention for a first Tour title.

Among four top-10 career finishes on Tour, Van Aswegen's best result is a tie for third at the 2015 Safeway Open.

His most recent top-10 finish was a share of ninth at the 2017-18 season-opening Safeway Open earlier this month.

American Vaughn Taylor was in the clubhouse on eight-under 136 after carding a six-under 66 that included six birdies without a bogey.

Ireland's Seamus Power was eight-under with two to play when thunderstorms stopped play with 30 players still on the course.

They were to complete the round on Saturday morning (Oct 28).

Power is making his 27th start on the PGA Tour and he, too, is seeking his first title.

Sanderson represents an opportunity for the less heralded, with the elite of the golf world gathered at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.